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Not just for early birds
Buyers nab deals from dawn to dusk
Claudia Pereira, left, and Michelle O’Connor try to stay warm while camping out Thursday night in front of Best Buy. - photo by Jim Dean
Forsyth County resident Karen Daughtery didn’t get up before sunrise Friday, but that doesn’t mean she missed out on all the good deals.

The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday, the biggest day for retailers and shoppers nationwide, and the sales started before dawn.

Daughtery said she and friends Trish Craighead and Jennifer Glogorski got out about 9 a.m.

“We were not early birds,” Daughtery said. “I think everything that was out there at 4 a.m. was out there when we got there.”

For Craighead, the day was all about “the thrill of the hunt.”

Glogorski, who admitted picking up a few items for herself, went to one particular store for the first time.
“When I announced in Kohl’s I had never been there before,” she said, “I think half the line said, ‘What?’”

The trio stopped at Target on Market Place Boulevard, their fifth store by noon, before heading to Pier 1 Imports.

Daughtery said the experience so far had been pleasant with well-staffed stores offering good customer service.

Merchants countywide offered discounts on everything from flat-screen televisions and video games to books, clothing and toys.

According to the National Retail Federation, 134 million shoppers were expected to be out Friday. That’s an increase from last year’s estimate of 128 million.

Jon and Elizabeth Craymer, who also skipped out on the pre-dawn shopping rush, brought 5-year-old daughter Sadie with them.
“We got started late,” Jon Craymer said. “We stayed at Grammy’s last night.”

The family of three decided to shop in Forsyth County, where Craymer’s mother lives, before heading home to Dunwoody.

He said he heard that lines of shoppers waiting to get in were wrapped twice around Target.
“We’re just checking it out,” he said.

Elizabeth Craymer said she was interested in the “door-busters,” but wasn’t too worried about beating the early morning crowds.
“I’m not the type to get up early,” she said. “But some of these women had a game plan.”