WILKES-BARRE – They wore special antlers and t-shirts with “Don’t get your garland in a tangle” on the front.
The four women were celebrating their 20th anniversary of shopping for Black Friday together and they were having some serious fun.
Meighan Magistro, of Mountain Top, and his three friends – Caitlin Cooper, Johnyne Hoyes and Keera Tabor, all of Dallas – were leaving Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Arena Hub Plaza on Friday morning around 8 a.m., each carrying bags full of goodies. business. .
“Did we find any good deals? Oh yeah, ”Magistro said. “That’s what we do. We know how to shop.
Cooper said the group had come together to formulate their game plan. This year stops included Walmart, Target, Dick’s, Wyoming Valley Mall, Kohl’s, Kmart, Michael’s and more. They said the crowd this year was not as bad as previous Black Fridays.
The four women have 10 children between them. They said they found most of what they were looking for and most importantly, they got a lot of great deals.
“I think a lot of people are shopping online,” Hayes said. “And a lot of people probably walked out last night (Thanksgiving) because a lot of stores were open.”
Magistro said the T-shirts are different every year. She said this year’s theme ‘Don’t Tangle Your Garlands’ is their way of telling other Black Friday bargain hunters to refrain from getting excited.
“In recent years, the crowds have been much bigger,” Tabor said. “I remember people sleeping in tents to be on the front lines. “
This is where Weatherly’s Todd Phillips met at 4:30 a.m. on Friday. Phillips said it was his first Black Friday adventure. He and about 50 others were there to tag a 55-inch Sharp TV at Best Buy, which was advertised for $ 249.99.
“I had two coffees, so it’s okay,” Phillips said. “TV is a gift for the house. It will replace our 32 inch Sony.
As the queue outside Best Buy grew, people got nervous, wondering if there would be enough big-screen TVs for everyone. A few Best Buy employees walked out with coupons in hand, guaranteeing the first 25 people online that they would get their coveted 55-inch Sharp TV.
But not everyone was waiting for the Sharp TV. Jason Kocher, from Larksville, was second in line, but he was there to get a 55-inch Samsung Ultra HD TV for $ 479.
“I’m saving $ 320,” Kocher said.
John Rodriguez, of Kingston, said he started his shopping odyssey at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving night. He said he’s been to Toys-R-Us, Walmart, The Mall, Kmart, Target, and Best Buy.
“Basically I’ve been everywhere it was open,” he said. “We saved a lot of money. There are a lot of great deals out there so the time spent is well worth it. “
Down the line at Best Buy, Shenandoah’s Renee Buchanan and Lisa Vernalis were waiting – and hoping – to get one of the Sharp 55-inch TVs for $ 249.99. They bought it for the volunteer firefighting company to which they belong in their town. They were delighted when they received their voucher from the Best Buy employee, guaranteeing them the television.
“It’s actually sweet on Black Friday,” Buchanan said of the small crowd. “I think Thanksgiving shopping won out a lot of Black Friday shoppers.”
Buchanan and Vernalis had a game plan too – after Best Buy, which opened at 8 a.m., they were heading to Dick’s. Michael’s, Pet Smart, the mall and then the Tannersville outlets. But they said they also planned another stop before heading to Tannersville.
“We’re going to stop at the Mohegan Sun Casino,” Vernalis said. “With all the money we save on sales, maybe we can hit a jackpot. “
Buchanan said his children and dogs were at the top of his list.
“Pet Smart has a great sale going on,” she said. “Dog toys are 50% off. And we have to get a lot of those big bones back. My dogs even open their own gifts.
Brian Schlauch of Eagle Rock was waiting to buy televisions for his children.
“They don’t even want big ones that are on sale,” he said. “I don’t even know why I’m in line.”
Nicole Karotko, of Hughestown, said she was shopping on Thanksgiving night and accomplished a lot. But she had to return to Best Buy on Friday for a TV.
“There weren’t too many people last night,” she said.
One person online said Dick’s has run out of ammunition – apparently with hunters looking to prepare for the start of deer season on Monday.
“I heard that Dick’s sold about $ 45,000 worth of ammunition last night,” the person said. “I know I went to buy some and was told they were sold out.”
The crowd at Pet Smart was huge, as the line at the checkout stretched out to the back of the store and back. Briar Woodley and his mother, Linda, of Clarks Summit, loaded bags of dog food and lots of toys into the back of their vehicle.
“We bought a lot for our pets,” Linda said. “There are really people in there. They have a big sale on kitty litter.
Mike Tribendis of Dallas guided two shopping carts filled with dog food and toys. He said he saved around $ 137 on the Pet Smart sale.
“We have an English Sheepdog named Annabelle,” he said. “She’s going to have a very merry Christmas.”
Nicole Karotko of Hughestown, left, lines up with Brian Schlauch of Eagle Rock, and Lisa Vernalis and Renee Buchanan, both of Shenandoah, outside Best Buy in Wilkes-Barre Township before the opening of 8 am Black Friday morning.
Briar Woodley of Clarks Summit loads 35-pound bags of dog food into her car that she bought at PetSmart in Wilkes-Barre Township on Black Friday morning.
Mike Tribendia of Dallas, left, Betsy Tribendis of Shavertown and Megan Pitts of Dallas bought carts of dog supplies on sale at PetSmart in Wilkes-Barre Township on Black Friday morning.
Shoppers roam the halls of the Wyoming Valley Mall shortly after 7 a.m. on Black Friday.
Sisters Caitlyn Cooper of Dallas, left, and Meighan Magistro of Mountain Top meet sisters Keera Tabor and Johnyne Hoyes, both of Dallas, after shopping for friends and family at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Wilkes Township -Bar on black Friday morning.