ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — More than 40 people waited patiently for Home Depot to open just before 6 a.m. Friday, kicking off the second phase of early Christmas shopping.
“It’s a ritual — we go shopping,” said Stacy Goode of Ashtabula. “We got up at 5 a.m. to shop.”
Goode’s 25-year-old daughter, Michelle Goode, said she planned to take advantage of the 99-cent sale on poinsettias and an $80 artificial Christmas tree.
Conneaut resident Cheryl Comer and her friend, Laura Reed, said they’ve shared the shopping tradition for the past 20 years.
“We’re just getting all the deals,” Comer said.
At Tractor Supply, people were stocking up on a variety of items with sales on many of them, said store manager Bethany DiLellio.
“We have been swamped,” she said. “People are definitely Christmas shopping.”
DiLellio said there were at least 35 people in line when the doors opened at 6 a.m.
John Zwaduk of Jefferson said traffic outside the Aldi store “wasn’t bad at all and Wal-Mart was empty.”
That’s probably because Wal-Mart started its Black Friday sale at 6 p.m. Thursday, instead of waiting until Friday, he said.
Daisy Hall said she was mainly interested in electronics, specifically a new TV at Wal-Mart.
But not everyone wanted to get up before dawn, stand in line and fight the Black Friday crowds.
Lenox Township native Harry Carter said he preferred shopping online at Amazon.com.
Mary Morgan of Jefferson waited until Friday afternoon to go shopping.
“We are taking [our son] Drew out for his birthday, then we’ll find a few good deals,” she said.
Ashtabula resident Earl Tucker said, “I’ve named Black Friday an anathema!”