Shoppers hit stores for early bargains

Journal photo by Stephen Sears, Andrea Labowski of Corry inspects stoves at Sears Hometown Store this morning. Labowski and her husband, Mark, spent about 15 minutes shopping on Black Friday — unlike others who began their quest for bargains on Thanksgiving night.

Jason Illig began his Christmas shopping at 8 o’clock.

That’s 8 p.m. — on Thanksgiving night.

Illig, his wife, Phyllis, and their teenage son and daughter and their friends piled into two cars on Thursday and hit stores in Erie for Black Friday deals.

At 10 a.m. today, Illig was still at it — shopping at the Sears Hometown Store in the Route 6 Plaza.

“I haven’t been to sleep yet,” Illig said. “All the kids wanted to go early to get their video games.”

See Friday, November 25, 2011 issue of The Journal for complete story.

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