On the 12th hour of shopping, Christi Fore took a break.
The Edmond woman slumped on a bench outside The Children's Place at The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City, a cold wind helping to keep her awake as she tried to remember all places she'd been.
“We started at Walmart at 10:30 p.m. — it was a nightmare — then to Kohl's, Target, J.C. Penney,” she said. “My job was to get in line while they shopped.”
Fore's shopping party included an exchange student from Denmark. “She just thinks it's nuts, that we are crazy Americans!” Fore said.
OU student Shaopei Zhang and his father, Jiyi Zhang a native of China, drove from Ardmore to the outlet mall.
After buying two shirts at Brooks Brothers, the younger man was ready to leave. “We've never shopped on Black Friday before,” he said. “It's really hectic and stressful.”
But the elder Zhang was impressed with the prices — they got $89 shirts on sale for $29 each — and thought they might shop a bit longer.
“There is nothing like this in China,” he said.
Better prices this year?
At Kohl's in Edmond, Candy Biggers, of Warr Acres, was buying a cashmere sweater on sale for $35.
It was her second Kohl's store of the day, but she also planned to hit Target and J.C. Penney for deals.
“I think the prices are better than last year,” Biggers said. “The stores are responding better to the economy.”
When Kohl's opened at midnight, about 700 people were in line outside the store, Manager Ron Hays said.
Soon the checkout lines wrapped entirely around the perimeter of the 90,000-square-foot store. Multimedia tablets, bedding and $10 slow cookers were customer favorites.
By sunrise, the crowd had thinned considerably. But Hays expected a steady stream of customers all day.
Doug and Diane Lane, of Edmond, were considering a blender on sale Friday morning at Kohl's but said they weren't taking Black Friday too seriously.
When told about the long lines earlier in the day, Doug Lane chuckled.
“There's zero chance I'd wait in a line like that.”