Mom Wendy saved a bundle on college linens for her son at J.C. Penney. "About $140," she said, raising her Starbucks coffee cup in a kind of salute. "Next are the outlets in Queenstown."
Krista Schline, 16, of Pasadena was curled up on a lounging spot in the middle of Westfield Annapolis, fading fast. She and her mother, Linda, and sister Destiny, 12, had been out since 1 a.m. Krista had stayed up all night, while her mom and sister caught a pre-shopping nap.
They'd found lots of bargain, Linda said, but her husband, David, wasn't due to pick them up until 9 a.m.
Are you going to make it, Krista was asked. "No," she replied.
Meanwhile, in the LoveSac furniture, where sink-down-into-it-comfort is for sale, employees and a friend had their feet up after a busy couple of early morning hours when everything in the store was 30 percent off. They looked just as wiped out as Krista Schline.
"Sit down and try it out," said manager Brad Mamalis to a 6:30 a.m. visitor. "I might never get up," was the reply.
Breakfast of champions
The biggest deal for Steffany Thompson, 27, of Glen Burnie was eating sushi at 7 a.m. "This is the best deal I'm going to get all day," she said, swiping her chopsticks in the food court at Westfield Annapolis. "It is going to go down fast."
Across the table, Thompson's boyfriend, Tom Marr, 29, was eating Chinese for breakfast. "There is something wrong with her," he said. "She will eat sushi anytime."
Meanwhile Thompson cousin Corey Majerowicz munched Chick-Fil-A. It was the 17-year-old's first Black Friday, and he was unimpressed.
"I just came along to see what it was like," said the bagless young man. "It is just like shopping any other time, but in the middle of the night."
Across the way, Sbarro's said it sold 40 pizzas in a couple of hours right after midnight.
Never to bed, early to shop
Off the 223 stores in Westfield Annapolis, 80 percent were open at midnight as Westfield chose Annapolis as one of 15 locations to open early.
"Our focus groups tell us that people would rather stay up late than have to get up early," said general manager Patrick Madden.
Nordstrom chose to open at 7 a.m. while the Apple store set its own hours, too, opening at 6 a.m. The biggest crowds at Apple were at the iPad "table," where deep discounts were available.