“I think I am finding more deals in Oneonta,” she said.
She works full time at an area Early Head Start program and is attending school to get a master’s in school counseling, so she will probably not be spending as much this year on presents, she said. But, she is making sure to get people what they like.
Elsewhere in the mall was Christina Gregory of Walton, a database manager at Acco Brands in Sidney. She started shopping in Binghamton at 3 a.m. and found stores “really crowded.” She came to Oneonta at 11 a.m., and said the situation was more manageable. She wasn’t looking for anything special, mostly clothes and portable DVD players, but said the “thrill” was worth experiencing for the second year.
Salina Veach of Stamford, is a registered nurse at A.O. Fox Hospital and was shopping at the mall with a sister and friend. They got a late start, arriving about 8:30 a.m., she said. Last year was the first time the group shopped on Black Friday, and “we had a really great time,” she said. “We decided to try it again.”
She was not sorry they “missed a little of the madness by coming later.” The economy appeared to be getting better, she said, and she will spend a little more on presents. However, with a family tradition of not going overboard for Christmas, she will also be shopping at bazaars and thrift shops.