Georgians Hit Valdosta Mall for Black Friday

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

With just 30 days until Christmas, it's early bargain-hunters who are getting a bang for their buck; as retailers jump start the holiday shopping craze.

"We have two-for-one box cards, "Glenn Talbert, the owner of Jan's Hallmark at the Valdosta Mall. "We have candy that's half-off, which is peppermint bark. We have snowmen."

Hallmark store owner Glenn Talbert, says his shop caters to customers looking for good deals on holiday items.

So, everything from a snowman band to dancing wind-up toys are featured in his gift store, ready to usher in the Christmas spirit.

"There is a huge difference between this year and the last two years," said Talbert. "We're getting a lot more customers come in our door, and come by the front of the store."

Retailers expect shoppers to spend more this year.

The National Retail Federation says consumers may spend $688 dollars this year.

That's up from $681 last year.

Many other Valdosta stores are enticing customers with Black Friday deals.

Including, Game Stop's Wii bundle for $199, a Kenmore Grill at Sear's for 35 percent off retail and GNC's Hot Buy boxing set for $29.99

Shoppers like mother and daughter duo, Coline and Paige Corbitt, like what they see.

"I have found some very good deals and I'm excited to get to 'em before others get 'em and grab 'em," said Coline.

"A lot of the good deals on the electronics, the video games, which are really popular at my house," said Page. "So, that was a big plus."

This year is slated to be one of the most competitive shopping seasons in years.

The National Retail Federation predicts holiday sales to reach $447 billion.

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