Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

November 23, 2012

Glasgow shoppers take advantage of early sales

Gray Thursday, Black Friday store hours increase options for buyers

By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — There were plenty of available parking spaces early Friday morning at major retail stores in Glasgow.

That’s because many people chose to start their Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving Day instead of getting up in the wee hours of Black Friday to trek to the stores.

Cathy Harwood, of Glasgow, was among them.

“I didn’t actually get out until this morning,” she said, as she waited to check out at Kmart.

Harwood usually shops on Black Friday and liked not having to fight the crowds this year like she usually does.

“I think I missed the worst of it last night,” she said.

As for the amount of good deals available on Black Friday this year, Harwood said she didn’t think there were as many this year.

“Or, maybe it’s just that I’m not as interested in the stuff they’ve got this time,” she said.

Kmart has been opening on Thanksgiving Day for the past 21 years, but this year was the first time the store was open in the evening hours of Thursday. The store reopened at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and closed at 3 a.m., then reopened at 5 a.m. Friday.

Amber Tarry and her husband, Shannon, of Glasgow, arrived at the store a little before 5.

“We came straight here this morning and we waited in line about five to 10 minutes,” said Amber. “We waited a little bit longer last night at Walmart and it was crazy.”

The couple attended Walmart’s 8 p.m. sale on Thanksgiving Day where they purchased movies and a Blueray DVD player that was on sale.

Unlike some shoppers, the Tarry’s did not shop all night long.

“We went home and slept for a while and got up again and came back here,” said Amber.

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