MILLEDGEVILLE — As families and friends across the country gather around the dining table to enjoy a hot Thanksgiving meal Thursday, a lot of eager holiday shoppers are mapping their strategies to take advantage of special Black Friday sales that are starting even earlier this year.
Based off a preliminary Thanksgiving weekend shopping survey by the National Retail Federation, up to 140 million people plan to or will shop over the four-day weekend, with about 33 million planning to shop on Thanksgiving Day. Black Friday will be the biggest day of the weekend, with about 97 million shoppers.
Lemon Tree owner Shannon Stuart said this will be her first year offering specials for Black Friday weekend. The downtown merchant will open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. A sidewalk sale will feature various items as low as $1.
“We will have a ‘Beat the Clock’ sale starting at 10 a.m. with 30 percent off full-priced purchases. Discounts will go down until 2 p.m. with 10 percent off and remain throughout the rest of the day. In addition, we will have other items 50 to 75 percent off,” she said. “We’re excited about Black Friday. I encourage shoppers to shop local because it keeps downtown and small communities like this alive.”
Chatter Boutique owner Amber Patitucci is excited to welcome shoppers at 8 a.m. Friday with various discounts throughout the entire store. Located off North Columbia Street in the Quiznos shopping center, Chatter will close at 7 p.m. Friday.
“We will have 20 percent off regular priced clothes and shoes, 50 percent off fleece leggings, camis and basic crew neck tees, and 30 percent off jewelry and scarves,” she said. “We will be completely restocked for Friday’s sale, including new Chevron scarves and Georgia state necklaces. We’re excited and looking forward to an awesome day and seeing all of the Christmas shoppers.”