Whether it was 3 a.m., 4 a.m., or 6 a.m. — it didn’t seem to matter to anxious shoppers as they flooded stores this morning, taking full advantage of great sales during after Thanksgiving sales.
“I got up at 3 this morning and went to Wal-Mart first and then came here to JCPenney,” Tobie Patterson said. “Both stores are packed but I’m taking advantage of a variety of sales this morning. I’m also doing my Christmas shopping, which is what this time is for.”
“I got up at 4:15 this morning to buy Christmas stuff for my grandkids,” Tommie Davis said.
“We both got up at 4 this morning and went to Wal-Mart, Tractor Supply, JCPenney and next we’re going to Home Depot,” said Danny Weimar, with Brandon Palmer adding, “We’re looking for anything that’s cheap.”
In high hopes of beating the large crowds and long lines at the checkout counter, shoppers patiently waited outside in the cold to be the first to enter and the first to leave.
It was sort of a crazy but good experience, said JCPenney employee, Deirdre Douglas.
“People were lined up outside of the store at around 3 this morning and they were just talking among themselves waiting on us to open the doors,” Douglas recalled, saying everyone is in good spirits.
Bundled in blankets, coats, hats, scarves and anything else to keep warm, shoppers didn’t seem to matter the cold weather on the outside with such warm prices on the inside.
“I’m shopping for the Army Jeep DVD and the Tickle Me Elmo, which I’ve found,” Tammy Quintero said. “I look forward to this every year because I love shopping for myself and also for other people who are not able to afford it.”
“I’m shopping for a razor for my husband, which is high on my list,” Christina Speck said, saying she’s also shopping for her daughter and son.
“This is my first year really out because I really don’t like the crowds but Wal-Mart is not as busy as I thought,” she added.
Some of the items hot on the list included electronics, Christmas trees, children’s items, coats and toys.
“I got here at 5 this morning and within 10 minutes, our Christmas trees sold out,” said JCPenney employee Rhian Johnston. “We also have a lot of leather coats going and a lot of kids items are going as well. We also have a lot of sales going for 50 and 60 percent off so people are buying out everything.”
“TV’s, Transformers, kids pajamas and other things we didn’t think would be as popular are very popular this morning,” said Wal-Mart store manager, Josh Aston.
Sure, customers were satisfied with some of the short lines and the good sales, but store managers were even more pleased with the way everything turned out.
“So far, we’ve exceeded our expectations and everything is going well,” said Dennis Rolwing, JCPenney store manager. “We’ve sold a lot of leather jackets, small appliances and our Christmas trees are always a big, hot item. Waxahachie is big time now.”
JCPenney’s training supervisor Jim O’Daniel agreed with Rolwing saying that in the six years he’s been with JCPenney, he’s never experienced anything like he’d experienced this morning.
Things were just the same at Wal-Mart.
“Everything has moved extremely well but of course we have to wait until the end of the day to get the official results,” Aston said. “We’ve had a pretty good turnout this morning and we still have good traffic right now with a good range on everything.”
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