Posted: Nov 26, 2010 4:24 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Nov 26, 2010 4:24 PM
BATON ROUGE- While hundreds of people lined up in the cold to grab deals at some of the bigger stores in the city, a select few waited to begin their shopping trips. The folks who wanted to skip the lines looked to local mom and pop shops to make their Black Friday purchases.
"It's not worth it to me to save a little bit of money to be in that atmosphere with the pushing and shoving, I'd rather come some place small where I know I'll get the service I need and not have to go through all of that," said Jeanne Wintz, who waited until 10 a.m. to go shopping.
Even though the small businesses didn't have as competitive sales as the bigger national chains, they looked to benefit from the black Friday atmosphere anyway.
"On a day like today people are ready to spend money and get as much as they can so I think it's a if you're gonna get wet you might as well go swimming type of thing," said Gretchen Kelso, a clerk at Earthly Concerns.
For Brett Blanchard, the shopping started Thursday night with a twilight sale at Tanger Outlet Mall. After the early morning shopping, he and his sister stopped to recharge and then visited the local shops in the morning.
"Last night it was just crazy and hectic and people always in your way and here we have room to move and it's a lot more mello than it is at these big stores in the mall," said Blanchard.
The small business workers tell News 2 they expect to have a great day, despite not boasting any Black Friday Sales.