Our Black Friday team of area shoppers is in place to update readers on lines, deals and more early Friday morning.
These volunteers will be tweeting at #blackfridayAN. You can follow their updates Friday morning on the free Brown County Events app for iPhone and Android.
If you see great deals, short (or long) lines or other interesting tidbits, join the conversation by using #blackfridayAN on Twitter.
The Black Friday team is:
Alison Schwan, @alisonraes
Occupation: Receptionist/online student
Bio: Married with two girls, 7 and 3.
What are you shopping for? Nothing specific yet.
Melissa Loebs, @mjloebs
Occupation: Human resources
Bio: Married to John for 10 years, have a daughter named Emma, who is 7, and a boy on the way in March. Love to find great deals!
What is your shopping plan? My plan is to go out Thursday evening ... how long just depends on the lines and how long I can make it. Generally we go at 10 p.m. and don't get home until about 8 a.m. I doubt I will make it that long this year, but I will definitely get what I need!
What are you shopping for? Still coming up with a plan of action on what we are shopping for. Honestly, I love to go just for the excitement of it all and to find some bargains for Christmas gifts.
Where are you shopping? Target and Wal-Mart for sure; I need to check out the other stores' ads.
Cheryl Bue, @EmmpressSD
Occupation: HIM director at Faulkton Area Medical Center
Bio: I have no children, although my boyfriend and I do have a very spoiled little dog, who is part doxie and other parts unknown. ... I am an avid reader, and while I love my Kindle, I just can’t let go of paper books yet. I am a casual “gamer,” playing on the PS3, the Wii and my laptop. I love hockey, particularly the Minnesota Wild, so the current NHL lock-out is putting a damper on my winter sports watching.
What is your shopping plan? I am usually out the door between 4 and 4:30 for the stores that open at 5 a.m. In the past, other than my Wii, I haven’t wanted any of the items that people try to be first in line and then run for, so I usually wait in my car until 10 minutes or so before the doors open and then head in. Most years I am done shopping between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
What are you shopping for? Most years I am looking for DVDs, videogames, books, Christmas decorations, small kitchen appliances, household goods and small electronics. . . . Our big purchase this year is going to be a digital SLR camera, and I’ve seen some deals but haven’t decided on one yet.
Where are you shopping? It looks like my plan this year for Friday is Target first, Shopko second, Kmart third, the mall fourth, Menards fifth, and then I usually like to go to independent local stores in mid-morning/early afternoon.
Cassandra Brown, @CassieJo2004
City: Sioux Falls
Occupation: Sales assistant
Bio: Husband, Bob. Hobbies: driving motorcycle, reading, working on house projects, couponing.
What is your shopping plan? Probably starting Thanksgiving night and continuing to mid-day Friday.
What are you shopping for? I'm incredibly stingy and love getting deals/saving money. I'm out shopping for household items this year as well as some electronics.
Where are you shopping? Wal-Mart at 8 p.m., Target at 9 p.m. then Shopko, Herberger's, JC Penney at 6 a.m., Menards at 5 a.m. This may change a little as I haven't fully looked at all of the ads and made my complete list.
Marian Hooks, @Mariannnnn
School: Advertising major at South Dakota State University
Bio: I go to school for advertising with an emphasis in creative strategies at South Dakota State University. I work at the circulation desk at Hilton M. Briggs Library on campus. Interests/hobbies: music/ concerts, photography, fashion, writing, traveling, reading and editing photos/videos.
What is your shopping plan? Starting at Target, around 9 p.m. today. I'll probably be out for about two-three hours; it just depends on lines and what I find.
What are you shopping for? I'm shopping for deals, nothing in particular. I'm shopping because it's a tradition for my dad and me to go Black Friday shopping.
Kent Johnson, @kentttiferrr
School: Sophomore at NSU
Bio: A busy college student. Work at JC Penney.
What is your shopping plan? Tonight: Between 7 and 10:30 p.m., I will be back and forth between Wal-Mart and Target. Wal-Mart has two rounds of sales, one at 8 p.m. and one at 10 p.m. Target starts at 9 p.m. 10:30 p.m.-midnight Thursday night I might make a stop at Kmart. Friday morning: Kmart at 5 a.m., JC Penney at 6 a.m.
What are you shopping for? Electronics, small appliances.