EUGENE, Ore. — For many, most of Thursday was spent in the kitchen and around the dinner table, but that night and Friday morning folks were bonding in a different way. 147 million people are expected to go shopping over Black Friday weekend. While many retailers decided to start a day early, a good number held onto the tradition of opening early Friday morning. So it’s no surprise folks were anxious to get inside the Fred Meyer on West 11th.
About 500 people rushed through the doors at 5 a.m. hoping to snag a great deal on a variety of different items. Some of the big ticket items included clothing and of course, the high tech gadgets at slashed prices.
While four out of ten of those folks are hoping to grab some steals on electronics, more than half are hoping to walk away with some new threads. Each year the hot ticket item at Fred Meyer stores are actually the socks.
Black Friday shopper Heather Brougher said, “I haven’t seen anyone do anything too crazy, but socks are such a necessity. Everyone needs socks and you go through them, so might as well get them when they’re on a good deal.”
“As Fred Meyer and Company, we’ve been doing this for 25 years. As a company on Black Friday, we sell over 2 million pairs of socks on this day alone and I think the big draw is that people look forward to this, months and months in advance, making up their lists,” said Store Manager Mike Brown.
Another important part of Black Friday is keeping the holiday spirit alive by spending it with loved ones.
“I think it’s just fun. I think it’s become a tradition. It’s the experience of going out and finding the amazing deal and shopping with friends,” said Brougher.
Scarves, cups and even belts, no matter what people came into the store for on Friday, they all seemed to agree that losing a little bit of sleep to save a little bit of money could turn out to be a whole lot of fun.