Shopping season begins
By Katherine Miller
CROWLEY –This past Friday, known as “Black Friday”, the day after Thanksgiving, brought with it many sales and busy clerks with thousands of shoppers taking advantage of the great deals.
Acadia Parish store owners were no exception to the “Black Friday” shopping. Many stores around town opened their doors as early as 5 a.m. to hundreds of eager shoppers racing for the most popular items.
The most sought after items Friday morning seemed to be clothing and electronic items.
Amanda Menard, local resident, reported that she had been shopping since 5 a.m. Friday morning.
“First I went to Wal Mart. Never again,” she said with a laugh. “I’d rather pay full price for toys for the kids.”
Next, she moved on to Stage, which was where she found dress clothes, jewelry and purses at a price that left her satisfied.
Debbie La Fleur and her daughter Maegan, also opted to shop for clothes at Stage.
“We don’t usually Black Friday shop, but we are looking for winter clothes for our Gatlinburg trip this Christmas.” said Debbie.
To this Maegan added with a smile, “Yes, I need clothes and lots of shoes.”
Shopping partners, Felicia Livings and Margaret Babineaux were very excited about the items they found. The two had been shopping since 5 a.m. Friday morning.
“We live for this day. Every year we hit the Black Friday sales,” they exclaimed.
Livings reported that she had found a Transformer item that she had been looking for at 50 percent off, and baby clothes for a friend.
Susie Istre, manager of Burke’s Outlet in Crowley, said the store opened its doors Friday morning at 6 a.m. and had been steadily busy all morning, and that store hours will begin increasing until the arrival of Christmas day.
“Typically stores see an increase in sales as much as 50 percent on Black Friday,” she informed. “Fridays are usually our best sale days, but today is especially good.”
So it is the official beginning to the holiday season shopping.