Bay area residents ditch family time for Thanksgiving Day shopping

Hundreds of local residents opted for bargains over family gatherings.

Forget Black Friday. While many of you were eating Thanksgiving dinner hundreds of people were out at the stores.

Yes. Hundreds. 

The rain and cloudy skies didn’t keep people at home.

It’s a mother-daughter tradition for Janet Fry and her girls.

“It’s our one day of the year," Fry said. "I literally save all year long. I put a little bit back, a little bit back, and come Black Friday we are ready.”

Speaking of ready, for one group of friends we met today, this was their 10th Black Friday shopping anniversary. They were equipped with wish lists and maps of the mall so they know exactly where to go. They plan it with the precision of a military operation, down to times and preparing their coupons.

Dahlia Marmisch was first in line at Toys R US in Clearwater.

“I do this every year," she said. "For the past three years, I’ve been coming.”

It’s all about finding the best deal, she said.  “Well, it’s half price. I’ve got three granddaughters and I’ve started my own businesses, so I want to do what I can to get them exactly what they want and save a little bit of money.”

Several hot holiday toys like the Cabbage Patch Kids Cuties and Fingerlings were off the shelves at that Toys “R” Us.

 “I was really hoping on getting them, and now that I know they’re not here, I’m really disappointed,” said Cheryle Beeler. “They’ve already said it will be at least Sunday. And I have to come two to three hours early to get in line to possibly get one,” said Ann Skinner.

Toys “R” Us filed for bankruptcy in September. If the company hits some of its financial targets during the upcoming holiday shopping season, they’ve asked the bankruptcy court for permission to pay $16 million in bonuses to pay top executives.

The tickets ringing up is music to retailers' ears. It’s the big push brick and mortar stores need to stay ahead of online competitors.

 

© 2017 WTSP-TV


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