Goodbye, turkey; hello, shopping

Published 12:55 am Saturday, November 28, 2015

Adeline Fischer shops for ornaments at Harold’s on Friday.

Adeline Fischer shops for ornaments at Harold’s on Friday.

Decorating was on the minds of many local shoppers Friday, local retailers said.

“We’ve had a very, very good Black Friday,” said Allen Walker of Walker’s in downtown Andalusia. “We’ve sold a lot of ornaments and sit arounds, but we’ve sold a lot of gifts, too.

“We’ve been busy since we opened,” he said.

At Harold’s, Jared Boutwell said one thing was clear.

“Thanksgiving is over, and people are decorating,” he said.

Paula Harr said traffic at Harold’s on Friday included out-of-town shoppers visiting for the holidays, people spending the holiday at the lake, and local customers.

“We’ve sold gifts, a lot of ornaments, but some furniture, too,” she said. “There’s been a steady crowd all day.”

At Ward and Co., Mike Ward said he had people shopping for Auburn and Alabama T-shirts in preparation for today’s Iron Bowl, but he’d also had people buying sunglasses and watches as Christmas gifts.

As big box retailers have begun their holiday sales earlier, Black Friday shopping isn’t quite as intense as it once was. But as soon as the leftovers are put away on Thursday, shoppers are ready.

JC Penney opened at 3 p.m. Thursday, and the parking lot was still full in the 5 o’clock hour. Similarly, Goody’s and Walmart had Thanksgiving Day shoppers looking for advertised specials.