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Shoppers in Glendale, Burbank get head start on Black Friday

November 22, 2012|By Joseph Serna and Andrew Khouri
  • Shoppers wait in line for the first Black Friday deals.
Shoppers wait in line for the first Black Friday deals. (Bethany Mollenkof )

For some bargain-hunters, Black Friday just isn't early enough.

Around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, about 40 people stood outside Target at the Glendale Galleria, the line snaking onto Colorado Street.

Honey Manuel of Silverlake was first in line, having been there since 2:30 p.m.

"What I am doing now is an adventure," Manuel said as a band of teenagers stood nearby grooving to music playing from a phone inside the jacket pocket of their long- haired friend.

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In what is becoming something of a Thanksgiving tradition for retailers, businesses lured shoppers with Christmas sales several hours before the clock struck midnight Thursday, not long after some families cleared their tables of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie.

Across Southern California, shoppers were lining up for door-buster bargains, Black Friday deals and a shot at some of the most sought after gifts of the season.

Juliza Pinzon and her fiancée, Brian Hunter, waited along Colorado Street to pick up a Disney play kitchen for their daughter that Pinzon said is going for about $50, half off the normal price.

Pinzon, a 33-year-old nursing student, said she doesn't want to spend more than $100. "I'll see what I decide," Hunter quipped, suggesting his budget could be a bit higher.

Earlier in the day, shoppers in Burbank lined up at Michael's store that opened at 4 p.m.

The activity was expected to get more intense as the night wore on. Wal-Mart was putting out the first batch of their sale items for an 8 p.m. opening along with Toys R Us. Target is scheduled to open at 9 p.m. and Macy's and Best Buy were set to open at midnight.


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