Consumers take advantage of Black Friday deals
by Aziza Jackson
Local stores did quite well on Black Friday with sales, deals and discounts that brought local residents out of their Thanksgiving hibernation.

“Wednesday we had our ‘Buy one, get one for a dollar’ event so we have had good sales all week,” said Connie Harvell, manager of the Goody’s in Talladega.

The store opened at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, closed at midnight and reopened Friday morning at 6 a.m. and closed at 9 p.m.

Harvell said business was really good on Friday and that the large turnout was prompted by a scratch-off card promotion where the first 25 customers got a scratch off card; 24 of the cards had a $10 off discount and one of the cards had a $100 off discount.

“Last night we were busy up until 11 p.m.,” Harvell said Friday. “Today business didn’t really pick up until probably around 10 a.m. maybe.”

Harvell said their 7-inch Android tablets for $49.99 quickly flew off the shelves.

Designer handbags were also specially priced as low as $19.99 and $29.99.

“Jessica Simpson bags never go on sale, but they went on sale for $49.99 until 1 p.m.,” Harvell said.

“Last year we had a couple of boots that were $19.99, but this year we had a larger selection of boots that were $19.99 that really drove our business.”

ACE Hardware’s Talladega Home Center saw a spike in the sale of live Christmas trees and live wreaths.

“We’ve just had a flurry of activity today; we had a lot of customers,” said Talladega Home Center Manager Charlie White.

“Nobody got beat up or run over. We had a pretty peaceful time today.”

White said he saw about a 10- to 15-percent increase in customers for Black Friday.

“Poinsettias have also been selling well,” White said. “We have a good selection from Rainbow Omega. Our Black Friday selection has been well received.”

Burkes Outlet’s new location in Pell City had a great Black Friday turnout as well.

“We had the 7-inch Android tablets, so those are all gone,” said Rhonda Bundrum, supervisor for the Burkes Outlet Pell City location.

Bundrum said the store opened at 6 a.m. and closed at 11 p.m. on Friday.

“It wasn’t busy at the first part of the morning, but around 10 a.m. it started picking up and we’ve been steady ever since,” she said.

Nora Martin, a manager at the Stafford House in Pell City, said Black Friday brought in a fun, lively crowd.

“We’ve done pretty good; we’re pleased, so that’s good,” she chuckled.

The unique gift shop is owned by Edie Golden and it sells a variety of goods including purses, jewelry, gourmet foods, gift baskets and coffee.

When asked what items have been selling like crazy, Martin said, “It’s been a variety of everything. We had 50 percent off Christmas items and 25 percent off everything else, excluding the wines, coffee and foods.”

Julie Butler, owner of That’s Hot clothing and jewelry store in Childersburg said sales there also went well, especially for clothing.

“All of it is ‘Buy one, get one half off,’” she said. “It’s the only day of the year we do that.”

Anna Bentley, manager of Magnolia Gift Shop in Sylacauga said the overall Black Friday experience was good.

“We’re slammed,” she said. “It’s been real steady all day.”

Bentley said the store opened during its regular hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and that a little bit of everything had been selling well through out the day, especially Vera Bradley items that were marked half-off.

“Everybody has been in a good mood,” Bentley said.

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