David Diaz checked out the Best Buy store Thanksgiving night, but seeing the crowd snaking around the corner convinced him he would be better off spending his time watching the Ravens game on TV. The Fells Point resident returned late Friday morning and reported a pleasantly calm shopping experience.

"All the sales they had last night they still had this morning," he said.

Friday morning in Harbor East was quiet. Retailers opened at 10 a.m., but the shoppers tend to visit the area in late afternoon after visiting the big box stores in the early morning, said George Sakellaris, owner of the Handbags in the City in the Harbor East.

Eileen Ambrose

Plan and conquer

Big sellers at the Dick's Sporting Goods store in Glen Burnie on Black Friday included $169 kayaks, treadmills that came with Android tablets and 30 percent off college and pro sports gear.

But Lori Pasquele was there for one thing: running pants for her sister-in-law. The Severna Park woman scours the ads ever year and gets to the stores early. She'd already been to three stores by 10 a.m. Friday, including Walmart on Thanksgiving night.

She got to the store at 9:30 p.m. to get in line for an Xbox 360 Kinect for $199 plus a $50 gift card.

"I look at the ads and compare prices to see who has the best deals," said Pasquele, who exuded the seasonal spirit in a snowflake fleece. "In some stores like Walmart it helps to have two people so you can kind of divide and conquer. Today it was just me conquering."

That's OK, she said, pleased with her haul so far. Next, she planned to go to the Target and the Under Armour outlet to look for a shirt to go with the running pants.

Meredith Cohn

Once and done

Joe and Lu Greenwood of Odenton have never shopped on Black Friday before.

"I'm not about to battle the crowds and stand in a long line," he said. "You get to the point where the savings just aren't worth it."

But when he saw an ad for the exact computer desk he's been wanting for $55 off at Staples, he decided to break the shopping ban and head to the store in Glen Burnie. He got the last one; managers said they had also run out of $264 HP desktop computers and sold a lot of software, printers and other furniture.

Lu Greenwood said the holiday is important and so is gift-giving, especially for the grandkids. But she prefers online shopping and had already gotten all the way through her list from the comfort of home.

"This was kind of a hit and run," she said of the Staples trip, adding that if she saw a big crowd at the store she would have probably waited in the truck.

"We're going straight home now."

Meredith Cohn

Eight hours of shopping