Black Friday deal-seekers inaugurate holiday shopping season

Dan Wing
November 23, 2018 - 10:06 am
Black Friday shoppers at Oxford Valley Mall.

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LANGHORNE, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The holiday shopping season has officially started. At Oxford Valley Mall, people were ready to spend their money at 5 a.m. Friday.

Low temperatures couldn't keep the shoppers away, though the crowds may not be as big as they once were. There was no shortage of shoppers out before sunrise determined to find a good deal. 

Amanda was one of them and she snuck out to a few stores while her kids were still asleep:

"I was at Kohl's. I went over to Target, but they were apparently closed until 7. So, I guess they closed to restock or something. So, Old Navy  you know, just the stores and then hit the mall where you can hit several stores in one stop."

By 6:30, she was on her third stop of the morning. She said she's not so sure who some of these people were out shopping for.

"I see the women are going for those Instant Pots — like the cookers. So, I think a lot of women are out shopping for themselves, too," she said.

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Those suspicions were confirmed by another shopper, Lilly from Langhorn.

"My husband and I just moved into our new home, so I was thinking maybe I could get some stuff for the house. You know, a good deal on some things," Lily said. "And then I'm also looking for my husband — a Christmas gift."

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It seems the days of people beating down the door for a store to open are gone, as the crowds really weren't too bad. Lilly said she thought she'd see much worse.

"I was expecting to see a lot more people in the parking lots and everything, because I think parking is going to be a tell-tale sign," Lilly said. "Because you've got to bring some patience now, because Christmas is on."

Most shoppers said that they weren't out for any one specific item, but instead were buying things based on the deals they found.