Black Friday bargains, bonding bring shoppers to area stores

Sales of up to 70 percent in the Coach store are greeting Black Friday shoppers at Clarksburg Premium Outlets. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Sales of up to 70 percent in the Coach store greeted Black Friday shoppers at Clarksburg Premium Outlets. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Shoppers stood in line in the cold to buy furry boots at the Ugg store. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Shoppers stood in line in the cold to buy furry boots at the Ugg store. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
At Clarksburg Premium Outlets, shoppers found Black Friday sales up to 70 percent off. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Some of the best Black Friday bargains were on clothing at Clarksburg Premium Outlets. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
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Sales of up to 70 percent in the Coach store are greeting Black Friday shoppers at Clarksburg Premium Outlets. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Shoppers stood in line in the cold to buy furry boots at the Ugg store. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

CLARKSBURG, Md. — The numbers printed on a Black Friday placard over Coach handbags weren’t all that motivated shoppers to flock to Clarksburg Premium Outlets early Friday morning.

“70 percent [off] — that’s a good deal,” said one mother, as she browsed through leather purses with her teenage daughter, wearing a Towson University sweatshirt.

But besides the bargains, the two were enjoying the bonding time.

“I’m in college, so I’m not really home that much,” said the teen, although she insisted the togetherness wasn’t spurred by the fact her mother was wielding her credit card.

While some shoppers who braved cold temperatures were in search of deep discounts on specific items, two sisters at Old Navy weren’t.

“We’re not really here for anything in particular, we’re just here to look for the sales and enjoy the time together,” said one woman. “It’s just the atmosphere, the fact you actually get to be with people and experience it all together.”

Standing in a line outside the Ugg store, a father, mother and grade school-aged daughter waited their turn to go inside and buy the furry, clunky, popular boots.

Why not buy them online?

“I wanted to come out,” said the girl.” They’re comfy to me.”

Her mother echoed the sentiment: “It comes once a year, and we love to have a little different experience in shopping.”

The father was asked if he was aware of the “Up to 40 percent off” sign in the window.

“It doesn’t really matter,” he smiled. “Daddy’s gonna get stuck with the bill, no matter what.”

Sandy Kozel

Sandy Kozel is an anchor at WTOP. She came to WTOP after a long career as an anchor/correspondent with the Associated Press. She also worked in local radio in the Cleveland area — and in Buffalo, where she was an award-winning anchor and reporter with WGR Radio and entertainment reporter for WGRZ-TV


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