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Shoppers set to rise long before sun

Sunflower 24-Hour racers search for their next check point in the Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop in this file photo.  Shop owner Dan Hughes is one of the Lawrence retailers who say they are prepared for the hustling and bustling to start early on "Black Friday," the busiest shopping day of the year.

Sunflower 24-Hour racers search for their next check point in the Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop in this file photo. Shop owner Dan Hughes is one of the Lawrence retailers who say they are prepared for the hustling and bustling to start early on "Black Friday," the busiest shopping day of the year.

November 22, 2007

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Shoppers, sellers eager for Black Friday

In addition to the turkey and the travel, local bargain-hunters are gearing up for another Thanksgiving tradition. Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, and the early bird may get the best deals. Enlarge video

Ready. Set. Shop.

Lawrence retailers say they are prepared for the hustling and bustling to start early on "Black Friday," the busiest shopping day of the year.

"For us, it's an important weekend because it is traditionally the kickoff of the season," said Dan Hughes, owner of Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop, 802 Mass. "Our sales get bigger and bigger as we get closer and closer to Christmas."

In Lawrence, shoppers will have plenty of options to get started as early or as late as they want.

Two stores - Kohl's, 3420 Iowa, and J.C. Penney Co., 3311 Iowa - will open in the dark, at 4 a.m. Best Buy, 2020 W. 31st St., opens at 5 a.m. and Target, 3201 Iowa, follows at 6 a.m.

The die-hard shoppers who don't wait for the sun to come up will have to brave some cold temperatures to get inside. Forecasters predict a 4 a.m. temperature of 23 degrees.

"It's going to be really chilly," 6News meteorologist Matt Elwell said. "Enough that you'll really want to bundle up."

It could turn out to be a decent shopping day with a high of 43 degrees, little wind and some sunshine, Elwell said.

Retailers said a majority of Black Friday shoppers typically look for the best deals on gifts, like electronics.

New high-definition televisions and video game systems tend to be popular in December, said Jennie McCart, a Target store manager.

Nationally, retailers predict toys, such as Transformers action figures and items based on singing star Hannah Montana, to be in high demand. The Nintendo Wii video game console is expected to be a hot-selling holiday item for the second consecutive year.

"We get those in and sell them out as fast as we get them in," McCart said. The store was sold out Wednesday.

The party in downtown Lawrence will spill into the evening, as festivities are scheduled to start 5 p.m. in the 900 block of Massachusetts Street, and Santa Claus is scheduled to appear at 6 p.m. on the roof of Weaver's Department Store, 901 Mass.

Shopping safety tips

In the parking lot

¢ Lock your vehicle.

¢ Keep your valuables hidden; use the trunk.

¢ Park in a well-lit area.

In the store

¢ Keep your valuables with you always.

¢ Don't flash large bills.

¢ Keep a hand on small children.

¢ Immediately report lost credit cards or checks to your bank or credit company.

On the Internet

¢ Don't use bank cards connected to your bank account.

¢ Make sure the Web site is secure.

¢ Print out receipts and double-check your credit card statements.

¢ Talk to your insurance agent about identity-theft protection.

Sources: Lawrence Police Department, Allstate Insurance corporate relations

The Associated Press contributed information to this report.

Comments

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 years, 1 month ago

Oh, yeah, spend, spend, spend. The news reports are full of the misery of financial disasters, particualrly of failed home mortgages that are foreclosed because people cannot pay the increasing payments. Why? Because we live like kings by over-extending our finances, living far beyond our means, live for today, forget tomorrow. Well, folks, tomorrow is here. The piper must be paid. And when you have already spent what you have and a lot you do not have, well, the result has come to roost. And yet, the orgy of holiday spending continues unabated. Shower ourselves with unnecessary largesse today and move out into the street tomorrow. There is little wonder why the ARM crisis has hit, the gross and glaring irresponsibility of many Americans has finally arrived to collect and the results are obvious. But don't forget to get up early for the bus to the poorhouse.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 1 month ago

The point is antique stores have a lot of USA made goods with many years of life remaining. Items for the bathroom,dining,living,kitchen,outdoor furniture and many other knick knacks as well. Lots of things from solid wood, barber chairs,games,lamps,watering cans,clothes,hats, camera items,jewelry, dinner ware, food choppers,bicycles,serving trays,mirrors,telephones,pop coolers,cedar chests,old tins,signs, interesting beer bottle openers and lots of pottery.

Yep plenty of choices for gifts.

Antique stores stock a lot of items which may not be necessarily antique but stuff with age that compliments just about any room in a home. These items are not high priced and many times price can be negotiated.

pomegranate 7 years, 1 month ago

Merrill, you must be into recycling! I remember this exact same comment from you sometime back, I think regarding WalMart.

sourpuss 7 years, 1 month ago

I try to make as many gifts as possible. At least they are more personal and "Made in the USA" I guess. Of course, I do have to buy materials, but often they are a lot less than buying a finished product. I'm going to try to have an "American" Christmas and see how easy it is to just buy American. I'm not expecting it to be easy. Of course, I also keep a very small budget, making it extra difficult as the imported stuff is often the cheapest. And I'm also going to try to shop green - my goal is to bring home no plastic bags from any of my shopping, instead using my reusable cloth bags.

We should all be more -mindful- this holiday season, and when you DO buy something, remember how fortunate you are to be able to afford it (or remember if you can't afford it that you should put it down!)

Peace.

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