DANVILLE — Traditional Black Friday shopping started considerably earlier this year, with many area retailers swinging open their doors Thursday night shortly after the dishes were cleared from the Thanksgiving dinner table.
While some local shoppers hit the sales that started Thursday night at retailers such as Wal-Mart, others waited until later Friday morning to venture out to the stores in hopes of avoiding long lines and lack of parking spaces.
“This is the first year we slept in,” said Sara Quick of Danville who was shopping at the Danville Menards with her mom, Jo Doggett of Westville.
“We’re usually out in line first thing in the morning,” Doggett said.
Quick agreed. “But you can’t find a cart or you can’t find a parking space.”
Still, the lure of a 32-inch TV for $179 at Menards was too strong for some diehard Black Friday shoppers to resist.
“I got here at quarter to four (in the morning) and they were already in line,” said Menards associate Susan Cunningham.
Menards store manager Ryan Geiger said when the West Newell Road store opened at 5 a.m., “the TV was the first one we sold out of.”
Other popular sale items at Menards that morning were an infrared heater and a gun cabinet.
Jennifer Thompson of Danville was in the spirit of the season, wearing a Santa hat that moved about and played Jingle Bells.
Thompson said she and her sister and niece headed out to the stores in Danville at 5 a.m., like they do every year, and were making a second trip through Menards after scoring a TV during their first round of shopping.
“We’ve been to Sears, Kmart, Menards, Office Max, Big Lots and Carson’s,” she said.
“We want to keep our money in Danville,” Thompson said, adding that she had no plans of traveling to Champaign.