It's that time again. Time to wake up early, wait in line and see what Black Friday deals you can get.
Black Friday has been a yearly event, since the 1960s, but hasn't always meant what it means now. In the beginning, Black Friday was coined to describe the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Once retailers noticed that they could entice customers to their stores with major sales, the shopping extravaganza began.
Retail stores release their ads the day before Thanksgiving and sometimes sooner. Some stores have chosen to have pre-Black Friday sales online. The morning of Black Friday, stores will open their doors as early as 4 a.m., but customers will line up long before. The most popular items have proven to be electronics and toys. Other hot items will include movies, clothing, cookware and tools.
A few of the most popular stores are Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Target. Locally, Wal-Mart will be participating, with their sale starting at 5 a.m. Some items will be on sale the evening before. According to store manager, Randie Jones, the sale pricing has been kept hush-hush and has not yet been revealed to store employees.
"I do know that we will have some great items at great buys," Jones said. "I am expecting a good turnout, just like last year."
This year, Jones said that customers will be able to go onto Walmart.com and print out a map for the Black Friday sale. For those looking for the heavier items, there will be a pickup spot for those, after they have been purchased. Crowd control will be enforced again, according to Jones.
This year, Cato will not be taking part in the Black Friday sales, but will be opening their doors at 7 a.m.