MORROW — Unwilling to wait for Black Friday, the day-after-Thanksgiving shopping craze, several Clayton County shoppers got started late Thursday night.
Kohl’s opened its doors at midnight. “We had about 750 to 1,000 people in our store. It was craziness in here,” said Assistant Manager Nathan Leonard.
Leonard said their big-ticket items were the iPads and other smaller electronic items. “Those items were gone in a matter of minutes,” he said.
Leonard said a lot of shoppers also came in to buy bedding and bathroom supplies. “We’ve been keeping a steady crowd. We slowed down a little about 3 a.m. until 6 a.m., and picked back up again about 8 a.m.,” he said.
Clayton County resident Lisa Johnson, walked out of Kohl’s with new pillows for her bed.
“It was such a good deal I couldn’t pass it up,” said Johnson. “They also sent out a lot of coupons, so I definitely had to come in. I have saved so much money.”
Another Clayton resident, Katrea Leverette, purchased a luggage set for $50 that originally cost more than $100.
“I got the last one,” said Leverette. “I was so happy they had some left. My mom came during the door buster and got one, too.”
Across the street from Kohl’s was another popular store, BrandsMart USA, which also caters to Clayton and Henry shoppers.
A BrandsMart employee said it opened its doors at 10 p.m. Thursday night to a zoo of people ready to snag big-ticket items and that “lines were wrapped around the store.”
Henry Benedetter, of McDonough, said he woke “bright and early” on Friday to purchase a flat-screen television for his 12-year-old daughter.
“She has a birthday coming up in a few weeks, so this is her birthday present,” said Benedetter.
Benedetter purchased a 32-inch Panasonic LED flat screen television. He said he spent a total of $422 saving him $150.
“I like to save money, which is the only reason I like buy on Black Friday,” he said.
Another Henry County resident, Sandra Shand, shared Benedetter’s sentiment, though she was not at BrandsMart searching for big-ticket items.
“I came to buy a pressure cooker. A less popular item,” said Shand. “So I didn’t have to wake up as earlier as everyone else. I knew it would still be here.”
She also purchased some electric shavers.
“It’s a good year to shop and save money,” said Shand. “I think we could use the extra cash.”