CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – In the early hours in the day after Thanksgiving, many retailers saw smaller crowds than in previous years. Some shoppers say the Black Friday shopping experiencing may be dwindling because of online deals and hours extending into Thursday evening, but families and friends buying holiday gifts post-turkey said they were observing a favorite tradition.
Lourdes Lambert and Erica Hicks from Springboro said they go Black Friday shopping to decompress after the holidays and spend quality time together. The friends were wearing brightly colored, matching clothes during the trip to the Centerville Kohl’s.
“We used to do this so we could find each other and now it’s just fun,” Lambert laughed. “It’s nice because it’s peaceful, but you do kind of miss the excitement of everyone being out.”
Some groups made their own excitement. Christa Bowling was in town visiting family for the holiday and she joined her cousin for an all-nighter after they digested their Thanksgiving dinners.
“We got out about 7:30 (Thursday) night and we’re going to go about noon today, Friday,” she said.
Three generations of a Cedarville, Ohio family drove into the Dayton metro to continue their long-time tradition.
Cheryl Hudgell explained, “We still get up at the same time. We’ve done this for probably 30 years.”
More recently Hudgell’s daughter and niece joined their mother, aunt and grandmother for a well-planned day out.
“We usually pick a store and we have a set time limit for how long you stay there,” Cheryl’s daughter Lindsey said. “Then we check out, meet at the door and head to the next spot.”
While many of Friday’s groups were looking for the best prices and gifts, they said their main goal was to continue a favorite holiday tradition.
“I think in general it’s more that I want to spend time with my family,” Heather Bowling said. “And if I happen to find a good deal, I grab it while I can.”