SARATOGA COUNTY: Shoppers pace themselves on Black Friday

The lines to check out were so long in Kohl's department store in Wilton Friday morning, Nov. 23, that shoppers couldn't even see the registers.

I got up at 6 a.m., and I've been to two stores, said Mary DeAngelo of Saratoga, waiting at Kohl's at 7:45 a.m. with an assortment of jewelry, women's sweaters and kid's Tony Hawk jeans. "I've been in this line at least 45 minutes, and I don't see any end to it. But it's worth it."

Customers were reading newspapers in line, consulting lists to plot out their next destination, and chatting with their fellow line-waiters. Small children lucky enough to be in strollers dozed or took off their mittens to throw around in the aisles. Several people proudly sported pajama pants around Kohl's, although with patches of black ice in the overflowing parking lots, no one was brave enough to venture out in slippers. End caps were prime browsing territory, filled with candles scented like sugar cookies, 2008 calendars with pictures of pets, and socks imprinted with blue snowmen.

"I'm going to have to call 'Shopper's Anonymous' after this," said Louise Hogue of Glens Falls.

Hogue was shopping for a Dirt Devil cordless sweeper, a Norelco razor and a remote-controlled SUV for her nephew.

"I picked up some impulse buys along the way, some woven gloves and a body lotion set for my son's teacher," said Hogue. "At least I haven't bought anything for myself, not yet anyway."

At Wilton Mall, kids didn't seem to mind waiting in line to sit on Santa's lap, and parents were busy snapping extra photos for holiday cards. Some of the young children not familiar with the jolly bearded man cried in their party clothes. Shoppers were seen around 9 a.m. with bags of purchases so heavy, they dragged them on the floor behind them as they walked one end of the mall to another, and at the Hickory Farms stand, a salesperson doled out samples of dried beef and cheddar cheese.

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