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Crowds head for crayons at Duarte Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving

November 28, 2013|Alicia Banks
  • Shoppers at a Wal-Mart in Duarte on Thanksgiving scramble for Crayola crayon sets marked down to $11 from nearly $20.
Shoppers at a Wal-Mart in Duarte on Thanksgiving scramble for Crayola crayon… (Alicia Banks / Los Angeles…)

Around dinnertime on Thanksgiving, Joni Adams-Akita was thinking of her grandchildren.

But not while sitting with her family in front of a turkey. The 54-year-old Pasadena retiree was hovering near the jewelry counter at a Wal-Mart in Duarte, waiting for the few sets of Crayola crayons nearby to go on sale at 6 p.m.

The crowd around her had the same idea, hoping to score a packet of the coloring utensils, which were marked down to $11 from nearly $20.

Not far away, in a line that snaked past displays of socks, undergarments and shirts, her husband waited. His green wristband would give him access to a limited number of discounted electronics, such as game consoles.

Around the couple, other Wal-Mart patrons scurried around the store stacking their carts high with toys, towels, scarves, televisions and more.

“Wal-Mart seems to be more organized this year than in previous years,” Adams-Akita said.

She has shopped Black Friday sales for more than a decade, saving more than $300 on gifts one year, she said. Cyber Monday is off limits -- her husband’s credit card information has been stolen five times during online shopping efforts, she said.

In a way, Adams-Akita said her holiday tradition allows for family bonding. She joins her daughter and grandchildren for a Thanksgiving lunch at a Mimi’s Cafe, before the younger family members are returned home.

“And then it’s on,” Adams-Akita said, clutching her Crayola crayons. “We do serious business.”


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