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Deep discounts weren’t enough to get some Wilsonians to hit the stores Thanksgiving night or in the wee hours Friday.
“I don’t need anything that bad,” said Diane Krob, who started shopping around noon at Lowe’s. “This is our first stop. We’ll probably go to about four stores today.”
Krob admitted she was just starting her holiday shopping. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Jane Stone estimated she was about two-thirds of the way complete with her shopping.
“I used to start shopping earlier, but now my children wait until the last minute to tell me something they want and I have to put it off until I get a shopping list,” Stone said.
The Wilson woman usually spends Black Friday decorating her house for the holidays, but opted to head to Belk with her son and his girlfriend.
“They are somewhere in the store,” she said with a grin. “She was looking for a particular pocketbook, so she wanted to come here. This is where I normally come to do most of my Christmas shopping anyway.”
Mother-daughter duo Doretha Johnson and Demetria Malloy braved the masses to spend time together more than to cross names off a shopping list.
“Every year we have a little bit of a tradition with their fine jewelry sale,” said Malloy.
The ladies bought some jewelry for one another Wednesday while Malloy’s dad worked.
“We usually come in and if we see something we really like, we’ll get it,” she said. “And then they usually entice you with some Belk bucks to come back and it usually works.”
Malloy flies home to California today, but she and her daughter spent a few hours Friday browsing discounted boots and more. In past years, they have taken advantage of the Thursday night doorbuster deals but after a full week of activities, Johnson said they were just too tired.
“We went to Sam’s (Club) and my husband loves to buy electronics,” Johnson said. “But we don’t need another TV, so we wanted to come here and do some bonding.”
Many stores will continue the deals through the holiday weekend, which includes Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday.