"It's gotten to me already."Update on Black Friday Shopping
By Thad Moore, Times Staff Writer
Their matching T-shirts had a message: "Move it or lose it," they demanded in pink glitter.
But they weren't moving — not right now.
As the clock inched toward 6:30 a.m., Tina Moore, Jean Maton and Gale Cochran were taking a break. They were coming up on 12 hours of shopping, and they planned to keep at it into the afternoon.
The Westfield Brandon mall was the latest in a long list of stops in their Black Friday shopping all-nighter: Target, Walmart, Kohl's, Toys R Us and Target again.
Their kids came with a plan, but they came in as backup, just like they always have the past five years or so.
"They just use us," says Moore, 57, of Fort Lonesome, with a laugh. "The things you do for your children."
Caroline Ross didn't stay up all night for the deals. She was awake by tradition.
As a kid, she woke up on Black Friday to go shopping with her parents and pick out her Christmas wish list. They went out every year since Ross, 17, was in the sixth grade, she figures.
But this year, her mom decided to sleep in, so Ross brought her friends instead. Christian Freebourn, 19, and Kassidy Herb, 16, showed up right when the mall opened at 5 a.m. after staying up all night.
Freebourn said he figured the sleep deprivation would hit him around noon, but by 6 a.m., the group was flagging.
"It's gotten to me already," Ross said.
Just before 8 a.m., the line at Best Buy wrapped around the building, longer than the barricades the store had set up beforehand.
The store opened on Thanksgiving Day, but hundreds showed up Friday morning for round two. Inside, they eyed TVs and stereos, video game consoles and computers.
But others looked for deals they figured others might not.
Topher Ellis, for one, said that while he was thinking about getting a PlayStation, his real plan was to snatch up flash drives. A 128 GB model was inside for $20.
"Come next year, I could be a scalper if I wanted to and just sell them for $100," said Ellis, 26, of Tampa.