SARATOGA COUNTY: Shoppers pace themselves on Black Friday

Malls weren't the only places drawing bargain-craving shoppers. In Ballston Spa, the discount Job Lot store at the north end of town had ample parking, but crowded aisles that almost needed traffic directors. There were special sales including a "crazy dog hair dryer" for $9.99, a set of wooden bongos for $10.99, the Disney High School Musical board game for $13.99, and a 24-inch "artificial Colorado spruce" wreath for $5.00.

At Fischer's Variety store on Front Street, one of the biggest sellers were authentic soda cans weighted and fitted with a secret compartment to store valuables. The Coke, Dr. Pepper and Sprite cans were selling out at $10 each.

Ed and Doreen Wright of Burnt Hills stopped in the Coffee Planet around noon for a coffee pick-me-up before walking around the downtown business district.

"We like the artist's co-op, we look in the windows at the Bottle Museum, Ed looks in the comic book store," said Doreen, who didn't seem to be caught up in the frenzy of the biggest shopping day of the year. "It's actually very relaxing to be shopping in the village. Who wants to stand in lines?""

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