Christmas shoppers get head start on ‘Black Friday’

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:14 AM

While some deals were found this morning, some stores opened as early as Thursday afternoon with customers arriving ahead of time to find what they think may be the best deal prior to Christmas.

Meijer shopper Karen Reenders said she was finding plenty of deals for her grandchildren this morning.

“I got good deals on some paints, and some toys and some makeup kits — all for the grandkids,” the Grand Haven woman said.

Reenders said the Grand Haven Township store wasn’t really busy when she arrived at 6 a.m.

According to Reenders, going out to shop the day after Thanksgiving is commonplace for her. She said it gives her a head start on her Christmas shopping, allowing her to “get it all done real quick.”

“I’ve done it for many years,” she said.

Benjamin Rapp of West Olive said he went out at midnight and began at The Lakes Mall in Muskegon County’s Fruitport Township. He then headed south to Meijer in Grand Haven Township to pick up stocking stuffers for people on his holiday shopping list.

“I thought Meijer would be a good place to go because the DVDs are real cheap today,” he said.

Rapp said Meijer was the final stop of his early-morning shopping trip.

“It’s the final one,” he said. “Then I’m headed home to go to bed.”

Rapp wasn’t the only one who was up all night on “Black Friday” to find the best deal. Heather Klingensmith of Grand Haven said she got plenty of deals at the stores.

“This was our fifth store for the night,” she said at Meijer. “We started out at 8:30 last night.”

Klingensmith said she planned to make the Grand Haven Township store her final stop of the day, and planned on going home to bed.

A post-Thanksgiving tradition, Klingensmith said she goes out with a group of friends for “Black Friday” shopping every year.

“There was awesome deals,” she said, wheeling a cart full of products out of Meijer. “I saved almost as much as I spent.”

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