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Sales bring Tri-State shoppers out early

November 23, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

TRI-STATE ? Bargains and holiday shopping brought people out early in the Tri-State area on Black Friday.

Circuit City in Chambersburg, Pa., opened its doors at 5 a.m. to a line that reached to a nearby Sheetz about 300 feet away, said Jeremy Turnbaugh, one of the store's managers.

"The first customer got in line at 8 p.m. last night," Turnbaugh said. "By 2:30 a.m., we had 50 people outside."

Some of the most popular items at Circuit City were Compaq and HP laptop computers, televisions and video game equipment. The store was offering free printers to people buying computers, and free controllers for people buying video game systems.

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Gail Cataldi of Fayetteville, N.C., was visiting family in Chambersburg and decided to go shopping on Black Friday for the first time.

"The parking lots are definitely crowded," said Cataldi, who began her shopping day at 10 a.m.

Cataldi said she was looking at televisions and phones at Circuit City. One of the flat-screen televisions was $200 cheaper than what she had seen at another store.

Laura Snider of Chambersburg began her shopping day at 8 a.m.

"I'm Christmas shopping for my kids," said Snider, who has two children.

At Circuit City, Snider said that the prices of the DVDs there were "good deals" and they were on her children's Christmas lists.

'I'm very pleased with everything'

Customers such as Debbie Smith of McConnellsburg, Pa., searched for gifts and other bargains at Target, which opened at 6 a.m.

"This is my first year ? everyone has told me what a horror it's been," said Smith, who drove 45 minutes to do her Black Friday shopping. "I'm very pleased with everything."

Smith said she was looking for decorations for her new Christmas tree and housewares for her two sons who recently bought a house.

Jody Gordon, of Fort Loudon, Pa., got started at 3 a.m. with the early risers of Black Friday "to get the bargains and the excitement."

"We got electronics and clothes ? a little bit of everything," said Gordon, whose first stop was at J.C. Penney at Chambersburg Mall.

Shoppers line up for televisions

At Wal-Mart in Waynesboro, Black Friday sales began at 5 a.m.

"We've been very happy with how busy it's been today," Assistant Manager Melinda Gahan said. "People were lining up as early as 11 p.m. for televisions we have."

Barbara Nave of Waynesboro was at her last shopping stop at Wal-Mart. She began her day at 4:30 a.m. at Kohl's in Hagerstown.

"I usually go every year and it's pretty hectic every year," Nave said.

Robin Staubs said she and her daughter, Candi, both of Martinsburg, W.Va., finished shopping at Martinsburg Mall about 6 a.m.

"We walked out of here with about 12 bags this morning," Staubs said. "Twelve bags of goodies."

And they did it in about 90 minutes, thanks to a little preparation and advance decision-making with sale fliers.

"I think the best deals were at Sears," Staubs said. The mother-daughter team also shopped at J.C. Penney, KB Toys, Wal-Mart and The Bon-Ton.

Even after two trips to the mall Friday, Melissa Laidlow of Martinsburg said her shopping list was far from completed.

"I like to shop right up until the last minute," Laidlow said.

Staff writer Matthew Umstead contributed to this story.

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