12:30 PM, Best Buy and Target, Pembroke Pines In anticipation of black Friday, Michael Onuoha took his spot in line at the Best Buy on 11450 Pines Blvd in Pembroke Pines on Wednesday morning.
“We left our chairs and came later in the day,” said Michael, 13, of Pembroke Pines, who waited in line with several family members to purchase a television set, a laptop and other electronics.
Michael, called the experience of waiting more than a day in line a happy one.
“I met new friends,” in line, said Michael. “It’s been a good experience.”
Best Buy was a hot spot for many Black Friday shoppers looking to take advantage of the stores midnight sale. More than 400 people waiting in line at the Pembroke Pines store.
Vendors sold coffee and food to shoppers as they waited, many of whom were bundled up next to each other to beat the chilly weather.
Inside the store the atmosphere was fairly relaxed, with most people standing patiently in line to purchase their items as dance music blasted on the stores speakers.
“This is what we live for in retail,” said Armando Lopez, the store’s general manager. “This is our Super Bowl.”
Many shoppers bounced from store to store Thursday night and Friday night. Some even got to know their line mates.
Kim White, 30, and Michelle Daniels, 31, met up in the electronics line at Target, 11253 Pines Blvd, in Pembroke Pines that extended throughout the back of the store.
As they waited they learned they both planned to go to Pembroke Lakes Mall after their trip and had been at the Walmart, 12800 Pines Blvd., in Pembroke Pines at 7:30 p.m. before headed to Sears in Pembroke Lakes Mall an hour later.
Daniels, who left her Thanksgiving dinner early to head to the mall, is a first time black Friday shopper and said she enjoyed the experience.
“I love it, I think it’s kind of fun,” said Daniels, a Jacksonville resident who was in town for the holiday.
Daniels, who was waiting to buy a digital camera, added the long lines would have bothered her more on a normal shopping day.
“I like the sales and deals you can get today,” she said.
11 AM Bass Pro Shops, Dania Beach Lines at cash registers were about 15 people deep as the Black Friday specials came to a.close after six hours. Jeans for $9.97, a kids mini ATV for $29.97 and a $179.97 smoker were some of the big sellers.
Dave Kemether grabbed the last smoker to replace one he had that broke.
"There was a whole rack and it emptied in a matter of seconds," said Kemether, 55, of Dania Beach. "I guess I got here just in time."
11 AM Pembroke Lakes Mall Alice Bostic, 59, of Miami Gardens, is still shopping after more than five hours in the Pembroke Lakes Mall. The preacher’s wife arrived at 5:30 a.m.
"I still have some get up and go," she said.
Bostic, accompanied by niece Pamela Siler, 45, still has Bed, Bath and Beyond on her agenda.
Kendra Pew, 42, is heading home after more than 10 hours of shopping at the Pembroke Lakes Mall.
"I’m exhausted. I’m out of here, " Pew said.
Pew, a makeup artist, arrived at the mall at 1 a.m., heading first to Macy’s.
11:09 AM Merrick Park, Coral Gables How quietly did Black Friday morn unfold at the upscale Merrick Park mall in Coral Gables?
Quiet enough that Fred Greear could read a book outside Neiman Marcus. The doctor from Bristol, Va., took his comfy seat in solitude while his daughter, a Miami resident, browsed the specials inside. "I turned the shopping over to her," he said, taking a break from reading Human by Michael Gazzango.