GOSHEN — Neither cold weather nor near coma-inducing levels of turkey and mashed potatoes could deter groups of intrepid consumers from Goshen stores Thursday night.
“Black Friday” — kickoff to the holiday shopping season — had arrived ahead of schedule, according to the calendar. The Kohl’s and Target stores on Goshen’s northwest side actually opened at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Joey Lukkarila of Wakarusa set up her folding armchair at the pole position in the designated queue outside the Target entrance.
The object of her determination was an Element 50-inch flatscreen TV that was marked down 62 percent to $229. She was also picking up items she already purchased online.
Lukkarila was quite popular among the people toward the front of the line as she came prepared with a portable heater. A small group of people huddled around the heater drawing whatever warmth they could until Target opened its doors.
And while Lukkarila was by herself at Target, she wasn’t alone. She said she’s a part of a team of family members who camp out at different stores, adding that they’ve been doing it for about a decade. That meant Thanksgiving Day plans were put on the back burner.
Things weren’t quiet at Angee Joyner’s Dunlap home as Thanksgiving festivities went on all day. Joyner just wasn’t around to enjoy any of them.
She, along with Manuel Silva of Elkhart, arrived at Target around 10:30 a.m. after dropping off Joyner’s son. Her eye was also on a TV.
“I’ve been up since 4 a.m.,” Joyner said. “So it’s been a long day.”
Joyner earned kudos from the group when she brought desert. Besides enjoying treats and huddling for warmth, those in the Target line said they passed the time by talking to each other.