Bolingbrook resident Jennifer Peterson (left) and her mother Christine Burris (right), of Wilmington, make the second journey back to their car to drop off purchases while shopping at Louis Joliet Mall Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, in Joliet. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
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Updated: November 23, 2012 10:24AM
The sun wasn’t quite up yet, but the dedicated Black Friday shoppers came out to the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Jefferson in Joliet.
Some came with their coffee in tow and some already had breakfast hours earlier.
Aaron Adreas, 34, of Joliet, who works as a Will County corrections officer was out shopping for his daughters at 6 a.m.
“I’m looking for clothes,” Andres said. “My daughters are 8 and 16 months.”
Andreas said he is always out shopping on Black Friday, looking to save some money.
“This is the second time I’ve been out already, he said. “I was out last night at 9.”
Carolina Gant, 48, of Bolingbrook, is a recruiter, and traditional black Friday shopper. She came to Wal-Mart for the pad deal.
“It’s $399 and it was in the paper,” said Gant. “It started at 10 last night, but I may have missed it.”
Gant says she is pretty savvy on planning her shopping spree.
“I’ll probably go to Target as well, so I look at the newspapers and online first so I kind of narrow my search,” she said.
Dawn Bjorklund, 35, of Plainfield, and her husband, Mike, usually finish their Christmas shopping for their kids before Thanksgiving. That way they can come out and have fun on black Friday.
“Whatever deal we find, we find,” Dawn said. “And this is our date day. We go shopping in the morning and we have lunch and then go back home to our kids who are at home sleeping still.”
Jana Testa, 50, of Channahon, has been out shopping all night.
“This is our tail end. We started at 11 p.m. last night,” Testa said. “We are going to eat some breakfast and go to bed.”
Inside the Wal-Mart Supercenter, shoppers shopped at a steady pace. The cash registers were open without any lines and the traffic was calm and quiet.
Tamara Ulmer, 20, of Joliet, was a first-time Black Friday shopper.
“I’m here to get the tablets and the 32-inch flat screen TV, and that’s it,” said Ulmer.
Next stop? “K-mart and Sears. Then maybe McDonald’s for an orange juice and a griddle.”
Sharee Bew, 25, of Joliet, is 8 months pregnant and “looking for any deals.”
“I’m looking for sales, because a sale is a sale,” said Bew. “I’m trying to get cheap toys out of the way for Christmas, household items like microwaves, anything. I didn’t always Black Friday shop. When the recession came I did, because you started looking more for sales. If I can spend less money, I will.”
Jennifer Thompson, 34, of Joliet, made her third trip to Walmart in 24 hours. Her first trip was for a TV stand, a Skylander and plastic containers. Her second was for a printer and a Wii, she said.
“We came back for the micro SB cards, and the $6 underwear,” said Thompson. “
But she’s not done shopping.
“I’m probably going to go all day today.”