Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

November 28, 2013

Shoppers get a jump on Black Friday

Hundreds line up for Thanksgiving Day sales

Bill Grimes
Daily News

EFFINGHAM — Kathy Adolph couldn't sleep Thursday morning.

Some people turn on the television, grab something to eat and drift back to sleep.

But Adolph, knowing that the Effingham Kmart would be open at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, bundled up for the 18-degree cold, grabbed her lawn chair and headed over to Kmart at about 3 a.m. to be first in line when the doors opened.

It's not the first time the Effingham resident has tried to get a jump on other shoppers going into the holiday season.

"It's a ritual for me," she said. "It's kind of like deer hunting."

The cold weather might have kept some people home Thursday morning. In previous years, the lines outside Kmart extended beyond the Goodwill store. But Thursday, only about 25 people were in the line by 5:30. The number doubled by the time Kmart personnel handed out tickets for high-demand items, such as electronic tablets and big-screen television sets shortly before the store opened.

Adolph said her primary goal was an electronic tablet. But she admitted that once she got out of the cold, she might purchase a few other items.

See Friday's print editon for the rest of the story.