ST. MARYS â€” By 10 a.m. Friday, retailers in St. Marys were seeing the second wave of shoppers, a mix of people finishing up their early morning forays for deals along with the more casual shoppers who didnâ€™t consider themselves Black Friday shoppers so much as people who hadnâ€™t woken up early or stood in lines.
Those whoâ€™d been out the night before, however, said it was â€śchaos.â€ť
Eric Goodwin browsed Sears Friday morning, saying it was the first year heâ€™d had off Black Friday, and had decided to brave crowds the night before and in the morning out of curiosity. He had yet to buy anything.
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â€śI was just not really looking for anything. I was bored. I didnâ€™t have to work and I wanted to compare prices, and I wanted to see why people wait in line two to three hours,â€ť he said.
Heâ€™d gone to the Wal-Mart opening in Celina, he said.
â€śTheir parking lot, the Bob Evans, and half the Sonic parking lots were full,â€ť he said. â€śI went in and got out as fast as I could.â€ť
At J.C. Penney, Kate Jutte said she had been in that Wal-Mart crowdâ€”twice.
â€śWe went out yesterday at 6 p.m., came back, had dessert, went back at 8 p.m., slept. Then Iâ€™m out this morning,â€ť she said.
Mostly she said she was Christmas shopping, and she had a list of items she wanted to buy that sheâ€™d seen advertisements. She said she could tell the amateurs from the professionals. One man left 30 seconds before the headphones he was waiting for were opened. She got his pair.
In a way, she said the shopping had taken over the holiday. At Thanksgiving brunch the family started perusing advertisements. They left for Wal-Mart pretty much after the meal.
â€śIt kind of puts a damper on Thanksgiving,â€ť she said. â€śSomeone said there were more leftovers than in years past, and I feel like we ate fast.â€ť
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