Photo Story: The New Black Friday and Holiday Shopping
This year, for the first time, stores opened their doors for Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving night. Walmart opened its doors at 6 p.m. Thursday night while other stores such as Macy’s, JCPenney and Target opened at 8 p.m. Most stores remained open until Black Friday night. Shoppers didn’t let the fact that it was Thanksgiving stop them from waiting in line. By 7 p.m. on Thursday night the line at the Wenatchee, Wash. Target had already wrapped around the side of the building, and by 8 p.m. it made its way to the back of the building.
The news is saying that Black Friday sales declined this year, but if looking at it as the whole weekend sales and traffic were up, according to Jennifer Booton’s article for Fox News.
Stores didn’t stop their deals with Black Friday. They continued doorbuster savings throughout the entire weekend and into the week with Cyber Monday, which has become Cyber Week for many stores.Amazon, an online retailer, has been advertising their Cyber Week deals for the past month, and even had some pre-sales. Walmart reported that Cyber Monday created record-breaking sales on its website with over a billion pageviews processed, Luke Villapaz said in his article for International Business Times.
The Walmart in Bellingham, Wash. has transformed its garden center into a “Christmas Shop.” Shoppers can expect stores to be decorated and selling holiday stuff for the next month.
The line outside of Target wrapped around the building as people waited for the store to open on Thanksgiving night in Wenatchee, Wash. The store drew in costumers with deals on products such as electronics, housewares, and the newest children toys on the market. After the doors opened at 8 p.m. a crowd of more eager customers formed in the parking lot. Target planned to meter the line at the beginning of the night to manage crowd control, Napier said.
Jennifer Napier, Target store manager, talks with customer Marti Newby in line outside the store Thursday night. Newby planned on buying a TV. “I’m also buying bath towels for YWCA,” Newby added.
Shopping carts were used to form and organize the line before the doors opened on November 28. Helping control the crowd and available to answer questions were two Target employees in bright yellow vests that said “Target Protection Specialist” on the back.
Ken Winterton,59, and his wife were the first to exit the store Thursday night. “We don’t believe in [Black Friday], but we’re here,” Winterton said. “Our TV was going out.” The Winterton’s were one of 25 tickets handed out to the first people in line to receive the 50” HDTV doorbuster for $229. The two waited in line for two hours and estimated that they were about 25th in line.
For the holiday season, the Bellingham Wash. Walmart has dedicated an entire section to all things that deal with Christmas and winter. One of the employees pointed out the icicles by the sign as a technique to draw people in. Inside the room a shopper can find a variety of different artificial trees, ranging from size, color, and even decorations already on the tree. Along with the trees there are lights, blow-up decorations, wrapping paper and ornaments.
Located inside the Bellis Fair Mall in Bellingham, Wash. sits Santa waiting for children and adults to join him for a picture. Worldwide Photography, a nationwide company known for its Christmas and Easter photos, works with Bellis Fair to bring Santa to the mall and create photo memories for people. Manger Eve Peacock said that there is never the same moment and the versatility is what makes her job fun. Peacock said that around 3,500 people get their photo taken during the holiday season, including children, college students, and adults. “You get such randomness from kids,” Peacock added. “One minute they are screaming ‘Santa! Santa!’ and then they get up to the threshold and just stop.” During the holiday season they host special themed nights including Pet Night and Pajama Night.