The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Clinton

November 23, 2012

Black Friday or Black Thursday? Shoppers unenthused about earlier open times

CLINTON — Many loyal shoppers are eating their turkey dinners earlier and earlier to cash in on big deals on Black Friday.

Major retailers Target and Wal-Mart began their sales at 9 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, leaving shoppers with little time to celebrate Thanksgiving before snagging a prime spot in line.

Alyssa Kenney and Michael Peters of Clinton snatched the coveted first spot in line at Target on Thursday, but it took dedication.

“I ate Thanksgiving dinner at 12:30 p.m. and got here around 2 p.m.,” Peters said.

The two brought lawn chairs, an umbrella and bundled up as dedicated three-year Black Friday veterans. Peters even took a nap. Both were in agreement that they preferred the midnight open time.

“I would much rather prefer midnight or Friday morning,” Kenney said.

As usual, electronics topped nearly everyone’s list of things to get. Televisions, game systems, iPods, movies and toys were some of the most desirable items. For some it was a year to get more basic items.

“I’m hoping to get some toys for my nieces,” Travis Drury said. “I’m thinking Nerfs and Barbies.”

Drury and friend Stephen Harrison arrived at 3:30 p.m. to stakeout their spot. While they were not fans of the earlier open times, there was no way shopping was going to take over their Thanksgiving plans.

“It’s just too early,” Harrison said. “It worked out well this year, but there is no way I would be here if this encroached on my Thanksgiving plans.”

Many other shoppers, like Darcy Berggren of Maquoketa and Dawn Gardener of Charlotte, were in unison about the materialistic event taking over the thankful holiday.

“Thanksgiving is for Thanksgiving,” Berggren said. “It’s called Black Friday for a reason.”

For some Target was a one-stop shop, but for others it was a beginning to a nightlong and morning adventure. Wal-Mart and Kohl’s were also shopping meccas as well as stores in the Quad-Cities. Todd and Jason Manon of Albany and Fulton had plans to cover Target and Wal-Mart and then come back for Blain’s Farm and Fleet and Office Max in the wee hours of the morning.

“It’s a family tradition,” Jason said. “I just help get the gifts, but never get anything for myself. I’m kind of the runner.”

The father and son passed the time standing in line by making new friends and playing games on their phones. Friend Tyler Brown of Clinton was also an experienced Black Friday shopper.

“I’ve been going to Black Friday since I can remember,” Brown said. “My grandparents used to take me.”

So despite the undesirable opening times and the usual long waiting time in line, Black Friday enthusiasts left with a smile and, of course, not empty handed.

1
Text Only
Clinton
  • Interest in Ernst rises as his game does, too

    Brady Ernst is having a summer to remember.
    The rising River King senior is spending the summer playing for the Iowa Barnstormers traveling basketball team. This weekend they're playing in the Fab48 tournament in Las Vegas.

    July 26, 2014

  • PHOTOS: Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners

    Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners - Majors, Minors, Pee Wee

    July 25, 2014

  • JUST IN: Man shot in downtown Clinton

    A 32-year-old man was shot in downtown Clinton early today.

    July 25, 2014

  • YWCA offers lifeguard training

    CLINTON — The YWCA will offer lifeguard training in August.The course will be held from Aug. 4 to 10 at the YWCA. This 30-hour class will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. for four weeknights and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. A possibility of adding a class from 1

    July 25, 2014

  • Concurrent terms ordered in burglary case

    CLINTON — A Clinton man will serve four concurrent prison terms for his role in a string of 2012 burglaries.Assistant Clinton County Attorney Amanda Myers on Thursday requested the court to order Cory Mitchell, 38, to serve as much as 10 years in pri

    July 25, 2014

  • Whitecaps take away Clinton offense CLINTON — The Clinton LumberKings (13-19, 43-57) mustered only five hits as the visiting West Michigan Whitecaps (20-12, 61-41) shut down the hometown club at Ashford University Field.Whitecaps’ starter Jonathon Crawford (6-2) allowed only four men t

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-25-14 1B-Photo, Clinton track Clinton king of Brady DAVENPORT — It might not have been the blue oval, but Clinton track can place its mark at the top of the hill.The quartet of Barrion Collins, Marquis Robinson, Quavon Jones and Deshond Robinson won the high school boys division of the Battle Up Brady

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Habitat for Humanity hosts fundraiser

    CLINTON — Habitat for Humanity will host a fundraiser in Thomson, Illinois.The Clinton County group will showcase Laid Back Luau from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Heirloom Cafe in Thomson. The event will feature games, prizes, music train rides for

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-24-14 1B-Photo, Choice 2 Cinderella run ends DUBUQUE — The playoff run was fun while it lasted. Dubuque Hempstead, the No. 1-ranked baseball team in Class 4A entering Wednesday, ended Clinton’s chances at back-to-back appearances in the state tournament in Des Moines. The Mustangs knocked out t

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-24-14 Used Book Sale Prep Finding a (temporary) new home CLINTON — The harsh winter delivered a devastating loss to the Friends of the Library.Now, months later, the Friends have regrouped and are ready to showcase its used books — albeit in a new school building.For several years, the Friends hosted its a

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Facebook