Altoona shoppers are rushing around like crazed maniacs this morning as Black Friday is officially here. But wait, its been here since yesterday....
Stores in the Altoona area have created chaos with early openings for this holiday shopping season and now most die hard Black Friday shoppers don't even know what time it is, let alone what day! We were out and about yesterday (Thanksgiving) morning at 6 in the morning to put some signs out and you would not believe the number of people that were apparently thankful for the fact that some stores decided to open at 7 am on Thanksgiving.
The parking lot at Boscov's was nearly full and we watched as cars flew into the lot from all directions in anticipation of the 7 am doorbusters. People were already lined up to bust the doors of Big Lots as well. Can't help but wondering who was basting their turkey?
The pre-Black Friday, Black Friday, craziness didn't stop at Boscov's and Big Lots though. Altoona was hoping all day and really started getting packed as the 8 pm openings of stores like Sears and Kmart and the 10pm opening of Target and Walmart approached.
The parking lot at Wal-mart looked like they were hosting a concert for Justin Bieber by 8pm and the lines at Target seemed more appropriate for a free power ball winning ticket give away.
Best Buy was so full by the time of their midnight opening that people were parking across Amelia Ave at Home Depot (which actually waited until 5am on BLACK FRIDAY to open) and charging across the street to stand in a line which wrapped from the front doors, down the side, across the back and half way down the other side of the building!
Most of the people that we spoke with while waiting in lines seemed to think that the early openings were a bad idea, but it sure didn't stop the shopping madness! We'd love to tell you more, but surely some Altoona store is about to open and we must be there! Good luck to all the fellow crazy shoppers out there..