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Getting a jump on holiday shopping

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Walter Branch family was among those out shopping on Black Friday in Monett. The family got ready for weekend decorating by picking up a Christmas tree at Lowe's. Loading the tree into the pickup was Walter Branch, with wife, Cassie Branch, and children, Aidan and Addison. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]] [Order this photo]
Holiday season shopping has started off strong in Monett. Stores were busy Thursday night and through the day on Friday.

According to shoppers, Monett's Walmart store was exceptionally full of customers for sales unveiled at 10 p.m. and midnight on Thanksgiving night.

One shopper said she and three other Monett women went to Walmart as a team, positioning themselves in key locations for the unveiling of specific bargains, then picking up one for each person in the team. She said the aisles are so full of people that using carts become impractical. Her group loads a cart that is kept in a central location.

A number of shoppers were out Thursday night for specific items. Bo Vincent, who was among the late night Walmart shoppers, said he was picking up games for the Xbox 360 system at deep discounts. Walter Branch was there for a television. He described the 10 p.m. door crashers as "entertaining to watch."

Clerks confirmed very busy activity at both Walmart and Lowe's on Friday. A Walmart clerk reported 12 deer hunting rifles sold during one shift alone.

Friday shoppers generally reported their Black Friday shopping lists focused on specific items. Kaitlyn Campbell, of Monett, went to Lowe's to pick up a supply of Christmas lights for her office setting. Janice Rothchild, of Monett, purchased accessories for her home, which has undergone remodeling. A steady stream of customers picked up Christmas trees at Lowe's.

Shoppers generally anticipated little difference between this Christmas and how they shopped a year ago. One Pierce City shopper said she expected her Christmas would be "not as big," and her shopping would focus more on practical items.

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