Black Friday Draws Customers For Local Businesses
Several businesses held great lines this past Friday, nationally known as Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Not only were large businesses busy but the small businesses had some good deals as well. With discount prices, timed periods for best buys, and kickbacks from some of the larger merchants, the parking lot at the Lycoming Mall was almost filled.
Many items are very popular this year, especially electronics. Best Buy, Sam’s Club and Target were competing by offering great discounts and lower prices on new TV’s. Other popular items are i-pod upgrades, video games, music CD’s and DVD movies, TV series, both old and current and GPS systems.
Deep price cuts on big-ticket items like flat-panel TVs, GPS systems and notebooks brought in big lines this year.
As for the smaller businesses in the area, Crazy Sonny’s Antique Warehouse in Muncy opened his doors to the public just for the weekend selling many primitives and collectibles. Wind Crest Farm in Franklin Township hosted a holiday open house with handmade items and treats for sale, hanging baskets and garden art. Sheila Barto in Hughesville welcomed customers with her holiday balls for charity and J.L. Winter in Muncy offered gold treasures with trade-ins from old gold jewelry.
Crystal Shrawder, from Muncy Valley found a great with DVD movies at Target for gift giving and her family.
Historically Black Friday is not the busiest time for shopping during the holiday season according to the National Retail Federation. The weekend before Christmas is always the best bringing in late minute shoppers. Black Friday gives the industry a boost. If sales are weak to start, there’s a slim chance retailers will get caught up in the black according to the Federation and it helps to recognize the buying patterns of consumers to plan for the upcoming year.