Shoppers Welcome Black Friday Lines, Cold

By Justin Andrews

Shoppers Welcome Black Friday Lines, Cold

November 22, 2012 Updated Nov 22, 2012 at 11:52 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Thanksgiving meals barely digested, the leftovers still warm, but the sidewalks outside local retailers were packed early Friday.

As Black Friday started earlier this year than it did last year, shoppers told us they mostly didn't seem to mind.

Spirits were high tonight at the Toys R Us and Sears in Johnson City.

There plenty of reasons for people to be out tonight waiting in lines, whether it was grabbing something for family or friends, or taking advantage of the sales to grab something for themselves.

Connie Brant, of Endioctt, was looking for something specific: Skylanders, she said. "I don't know what they are. They're for my grandchildren."

Bob Briggs, of Vestal, had efficiency on his mind.
"Tools," he said. "Just looking after certain tools. Get in and get out. On the way. "

Meanwhile, Vestal's Target seemed to be the biggest local draw Thursday. Hours before the store opened its doors, the line stretched to Kohl's across the parking lot.

Shoppers filed inside in an organized manner, as store employees allowed them inside in groups to avoid the stampede.