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All-night outside, all right for some shoppers

Small group camps out near Best Buy so it can get a head start on Black Friday.

Mark Mazur, left, and Jerry Stefanoski, both of Hanover Township, were among the early arrivals at Best Buy in Wilkes-Barre Township to take their spot in line for the store’s Black Friday deals.


Although some stores were open on Thanksgiving Day, Mark Mazor and his group of friends opted to camp outside of Best Buy for Black Friday sales.

“It’s just fun being out here in the cold with everybody,” said the 18-year-old Luzerne County Community College student.

Mazor and his friend, Jerry Stefanoski, 18, a student at West Chester College, arrived at the electronics store in Wilkes-Barre Township around 4 p.m. Thursday.

The store opens its doors 5 a.m. this morning. Vouchers are handed out 30 minutes prior.

Mazor and Stefanoski, both from Hanover Township, were with a group of about five other individuals waiting it out in the cold with tents set up in front of Best Buy.

“We tough it out,” said Stefanoski, who plans on getting deals on a laptop computer, digital camera and GPS for his car.

A makeshift tent with a tarp covering the top was where Alan Kline, 19, and a few of his buddies were found “jamming it out” while enjoying a turkey dinner late Thursday afternoon in front of the Best Buy store.

“It’s like a sweatbox in there,” said Kline, trying to find his way out of his tent.

While some early holiday shoppers decided to wait outside for Black Friday sales at Best Buy, Breann Woss, 24, got a head start at Kmart.

Woss walked out of the store in Wilkes-Barre with a new set of pillows she bought for $10. One pillow was 40 percent off, and she got the other one for free, she said.

“They had some really good deals,” Woss said.

Carolyn Connell, her husband Tony, both 37, headed for their car with their 2-year-old daughter, Olivia, who was being pushed in a Kmart shopping cart full of outdoor holiday decorations.

“We were just getting ready to decorate for Christmas,” Carolyn Connell said in the store’s parking lot.

The family’s best deal was tablecloths – a buy one, get one free deal.

Connell said they didn’t get good deals on the outdoor decorations, which included a light-up snowman and penguin that will be going in her front yard, and big bulb holiday lights.

Michele Corcoran, 37, of Nanticoke, said she saved nearly $55.

Hoping to avoid the madness on Black Friday, she did part of her Christmas shopping at the Kmart store early Thursday night.

“I came for a certain toy for my son, but they didn’t have it,” said Corcoran, who was walking out with a shopping cart full of toys. “I just grabbed the deals because they were there.”

Corcoran said she saved on Leapfrog toys and Play-Doh for her 8-month-old nephew and a furry Fuzz Luv for her 9-year-old daughter.

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