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Pre-dawn shopping assault hits stores
Black Friday shoppers brave cold temperatures while waiting for the doors to open at JoAnn Fabric & Crafts store in the Stadium Retail Center. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Carlos Carrasco had every intention of waking up early for the Black Friday sales.

As a new homeowner, he was in the market for a new washer and dryer as well as a new refrigerator – hoping that he’d be able to get to Sears in plenty of time to capitalize on the unbelievable sale prices.

But after a long day Thursday, Carrasco overslept. With his fingers crossed, he made the short drive from his parents’ house to Sears with the hope that at least one of the three big ticket items would still be available.

He ended up grabbing all three.

“I asked how I got so lucky when I got down there, and they told me that there was somebody who was trying to buy the fridge that waited in line, but his card wouldn’t work,” Carrasco said. “I just wanted to go down there to prove to myself that I wasn’t lazy. I didn’t expect to end up with anything, but I just had to check – I’m glad I did.”

By 10 p.m. Thursday night, lines at retailers like Best Buy and Target wrapped around the side of buildings as people braved the nearly-freezing temperatures to get their hands on things like discounted electronics and cheap appliances.

While some retailers like K-Mart opted to open on Thanksgiving Day to get the early draw of holiday shoppers while most other businesses were prepping for the traditional Black Friday sales, shoppers looking for specific items like laptop computers, flat-screen televisions, and video game systems started lining up outside of closed stores on Thursday before most people even had the chance to enjoy their Thanksgiving dinner.

Not everybody, however, had the same enthusiasm.

Cars in the parking lot at the Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley started to get even thicker as the morning rolled into the afternoon – taking up virtually every space in front of Bass Pro Shops and the smaller lot in from of Best Buy.

One woman, Carol Silva, said that she refused to wait in line all night and still got her hands on some of the things that she was hoping to grab at Best Buy.

“I wanted to come down and get some video games for my grandsons and some DVDs for my granddaughters, and even though I wasn’t here when they first opened, I was still able to do that,” Silva said. “There wasn’t a whole lot that I needed in terms of the big sale items, so it wouldn’t have made much sense for me to be out there in the cold.”