By Brittany Hanson.Garden Grove Journal
In the world of the weary, nothing says, “I’m tired” quite like sitting down with a warm drink, on the sidewalk, in the cold at past-midnight.It’s the pioneers of shopping on Black Friday.
In some cases, the wait for Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, started on Monday, Nov. 22.
Kenny Blackburn, 18, of Westminster, had been camping since 10 a.m. Monday at the Best Buy at 500 Westminster Mall Road, off of Edwards Street and Bolsa Avenue, to secure an $800 plasma flat screen television.
“It’s a family thing, you know, kind of for my mom,” said Blackburn.
Blackburn and his friends Chris Farrell, Dakota Williams and Ray Rico had set up a dual tent camp out with heating, a T.V a sound system and had even eaten their Thanksgiving dinner there.
Rather than tired, they were a part of the long line that was excited and energetic from waiting for their deals.
John Le, 32, of Westminster, had been camped at Best Buy with his friend Andy Lau, 26, since Tuesday, Nov. 23.
“I don’t really do it for the savings so much as I do it for the excitement and the fun,” said Le.
Le mentioned that the biggest problem that comes up with waiting in line was watching out for people who would cut.
Apparently, last year, around 2 a.m. someone tried to sneak into line and those waiting went to the police on duty at the store.
“The thing is, the people who are here the longest, the first people in line, are given guarantees on the items they come for,” said Le.
Black Friday kicked off the holiday shopping season with lines, ads, Internet deals, in-store shopping strategies and, of course, more lines.
Equipped with coats, scarves, coffee, entertainment and sometimes partners in crime, deal seekers stationed themselves outside and inside major retailers in Garden Grove and Westminster.
At Target at 12100 Harbor Blvd. the line up began at 2:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
An organized game of poker was being played at the head of the line, while others sat on to watch and try to keep warm in the 49-degree weather.
Andrew Giese, 19, of Santa Ana was waiting to pick up a TV and cameras with his friends. As for what they were going to do when they got in, it was still unsure.
“Game plan? What game plan? Usually it’s just try to get in, run around and hopefully get your stuff,” said Giese
Anita Medina, 27, of Garden Grove, said that it was easier to get an idea of what to do if the store provided maps, which turned up for their crowd at about 12:30 p.m.
At the Walmart in Westminster, located at 13331 Beach Blvd. there have been changes made to the traditional post-Thanksgiving lineup.
For the past two years, after a tragic “Door-Buster” stampede resulted in the death of an employee, the company has organized their lines indoors.
The stores now stay open all night long to allow shoppers to come in at their leisure. Once in, the shoppers pick which sale item they want the most and are corralled into an area set aside for them.
They then wait until the given time of the sale, pick up their item and may continue to shop or check out at that time.
This year there were cars double parked at the edges of the lot in areas not designated for parking.
Some people were walking into the store at 1 a.m. and leaving with the children in tow to walk home in the surrounding neighborhoods.