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|Black Friday Nets Plenty of Green
|Even before the sun began to rise, area residents were raring to go in order to search and hopefully obtain exactly what they needed.
The anticipation of Black Friday at the Galesburg Wal-Mart hit a peak at 5a.m., when shoppers were able to pick out the high ticket items such as HD televisions and laptop computers. Other items like kids toys and clothes were also popular with those who were able to rise so early in the morning.
Galesburg resident Louis Padilla was celebrating black Friday by purchasing some tools and a mini DVD player, and he tells WGIL he wasn't able to cross off everything on his list.
"To get stuff that I wanted. Tried to get my wife a tv, but we couldn't find one, they were already sold out. Just to be out."
Padilla said he expected the crowds but he tells WGIL he has one word to describe the morning.
"It's just crazy."
Other shoppers made their way to Menards which also opened early. Those people who waited outside to get in, said they were cold for most of the morning but it made them feel better, and warmer, knowing they were able to get what they came for. Those who arrived late, weren't lucky enough to get their high tickets items but said it was interesting to be part of Black Friday.
The owner of Starburg Coffee and Bistro in Sandburg Mall said he was also in early Friday - this way he got a jump with his sales, off people who were attending the mall's sales events. He said he was happy to be working, making money, rather than being out spending it.
(Wal-Mart customers navigate shoppers and carts in order to find their holiday purchases on Black Friday.)
(Customers at Wal-Mart on Black Friday race down the aisles and pick out clothes in an effort to search for the best deals.)
(A couple makes their way around a full cart Friday morning at Menards in Galesburg.)
(Checkout linies at Menards just after 6am on Black Friday.)
(Target workers try to keep stocking the shelves Friday as shoppers were on the hunt for the best deal.)
(A Target Shopper loads her purchase onto the checkout during a Black Friday sale.)
(Customers check out the good deals at Sandburg Mall during Black Friday sales.)
(News story and photos by WGIL's Dominic Fortini)
|11 27 09 by Newsroom
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