By Russell Hixson
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Thousands of shoppers turned out for Black Friday sales across Stillwater Friday morning.
At the Lakeview Pointe Shopping Center, a few stores opened at midnight.
Zein Eissa, 16, Brandon Kissee, 17, and Gasem Gasem, 18, waited at the front of the line to enter Best Buy. Eissa said he came for a laptop and a 40-inch television. Kissee said he was also going to purchase a laptop. However, Gasem had other ideas.
“I’m going to get the 40-inch TV and sell it on Craigslist,” he said.
All three said they were present at last year’s Black Friday sale, only 10th in line. This year, they had a plan to get the first spot and keep themselves entertained.
“We set up the tent which didn’t take take too long and then we got three TVs and three XBoxes and basically layered the bottom of the tent with blankets and pillows and kind of chilled for the past 17 hours,” Gasem said.
The group said they enjoyed the experience last year, except for the weather.
“Last year was cold all the time and then at night it was miserable as opposed to this year, it was hot until 1 and then it got really nice from about 1 to 7 and it’s actually just now starting to get cold, so it’s been nice all day,” Gasem said.
Meanwhile, a few blocks down, Gary and Patricia Hartman waited in line at Belk in their first Black Friday experience.
“It’s a good offer,” Mr. Hartman said. “It’s a good opportunity.”
The couple said they were looking for a foam pad for their bed and possible a back massager.
“We just came by because that’s what we needed and we didn’t expect to see the crowd,” Mrs. Hartman said. “It was kind of a shock.”
Mr. Hartman laughed while sharing his view on Black Friday.
“Well, I think it’s kind of nutty,” he said.
Inside Belk, Store Manager Marge Nixon and associates prepared to open the doors.
“Last year we opened at 3 a.m.,” she said. “This year, it’s 12 a.m.”
Because of the change, she said they’re seeing a longer line.
“It’s a little more than what I expected,” Nixon said.
Nixon said Black Friday was the biggest sales day of the year for the business. She said they have been prepping for Black Friday over the past month.
“Today is just about having fun,” she said. “With the associates, they’ve worked really hard to get here and we’re hoping for a really, really good day and I want my associates to have fun and I want the customers to have fun, as well.”