South Shore shoppers tackle Black Friday
South Shore shoppers were out in force Friday, as they searched for deals locally on the biggest shopping day of the year.
For the most part, Black Friday appeared to be running smoothly at 9 a.m. in South Lake Tahoe. There were no signs of long lines or pushing — things often associated with the event in larger metropolitan areas.
However, there were still plenty of people cruising around town for a variety of holiday specials.
Zephyr Cove resident Jennifer Evans was lugging a shopping cart full of goods in the South Lake Tahoe Kmart. She held a paper advertisement in her hands that listed the items on sale.
“I have my paper, and I have everything circled in it,” she said. “But I’m not sticking to it.”
Evans was grabbing Christmas presents for her three grandchildren, who plan on visiting her next month, she said. She was shopping at the local Kmart partly because she wanted to avoid large crowds.
“I don’t want to go to Carson City,” she said, “not on Black Friday.”
Kmart opened at 6 a.m. Thursday, with plans to remain open until Friday at 11 p.m. Different door-buster deals kicked off throughout the 41-hour period, and at some points, lines formed in front of the building for items in limited quantity, Store Manager Kyle Bergman said.
“We wanted to make sure the people waiting got what they came for,” he said.
Many items were on sale, but most people came for two things in particular, according to Bergman.
“It’s all about the electronics and toys,” he said.
Many toys were “buy one, get one free,” Bergman said, and certain tablets were 50 percent off.
Local resident Rick Hordin heard that Staples also had some Black Friday deals, so he decided to drop by.
Hordin needed a new computer and also wanted to avoid big city traffic, he said. He usually doesn’t go shopping the day after Thanksgiving, but had some advice for tackling Black Friday.
“Know what you need,” he said.