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Oklahoma deal seekers begin Black Friday early

With stores opening earlier, Oklahoma shoppers begin shopping even sooner.
by Jennifer Palmer Modified: November 23, 2012 at 12:19 am •  Published: November 22, 2012

Black Friday sales kicked off earlier than ever this year, with Toys R Us, Sears and Walmart leading the pack in the metro area at 8 p.m. Most stores will continue to have deals throughout the day, and many shoppers said they planned to keep going all night.

Tulsa resident Jamie Rochester traveled to The Outlet Shoppes of Oklahoma City as part of her Black Friday shopping agenda.

Rochester, 22, was the first person waiting in line at the Coach Factory store. Behind her were scores of other shoppers waiting to get into the upscale handbag store.

Rochester said she made the two-hour trip for one reason.

"They have the best deals, the best selection and it's the closest one to my house."

At the Quail Springs Super Target, shoppers waited in a line that snaked around the front and side of the building.

Donna Shepard, who was seeking a good deal on a TV, said she has waited in similar lines for the past four holiday seasons.

"It's kind of a tradition for me and my husband ... something fun to look forward to," said Shepard, 58. "But you really can find a deal and save yourself some money. It's not all fun and games."

By 9 p.m., Rosita Begay had already been to Toys R Us and joined her family in the front of the line at Target in Moore.

Sure, her family has a typical Thanksgiving dinner tradition, but they also have a tradition of deal seeking together.

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by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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