The aisles at Walmart, Lehighton were filled with shoppers seeking great deals at about 11 a.m. on Black Friday, the day retailers encourage shoppers to spend heavily for the Christmas gift giving season and hopefully end their year out of the red.
The aisles were well stocked with specially priced items for Black Friday shoppers.
Weather was great - sunny and relatively warm - for the end of November. No snow, no rain and no icy conditions helped to make shopping a welcome experience for the drivers in the crowd.
Walmart actually began its Black Friday sales Thursday night and early Friday morning, offering three phases of specially priced items.
Cammi Nalesnik and her mom, Wendy Nalesnik, both of Lehighton, waited until late Friday morning to visit the retailer.
They shopped at a leisurely pace, finding CDs from well known performers selling for $5 each.
They paired up with a friend, Jessica McCarrell, to scope out seek their favorite artists.
Also taking a leisurely stroll through the toy section of the store was Pat "Nana" Green of Lehighton, who was shopping for her 2- and-1/2 year old twin granddaughters.
"It's time to replenish the toy box at my house," chuckled Green. "The girls get tired of playing with the same toys. These will stay at my house."
Taking time to choose some toys for his three children was Lee Thieling of Albrightsville. He picked up similar items for each one of them.
"It's a start," he said. "There are good deals here today."
The toy aisles had many young children checking out the toys. It's one way for parents to find out just what their children want from Santa.
Everett Cupak, 7, of Quakertown was shopping with his dad. Everett was interested in the Star Wars Lego sets.
Shoppers such as Diane Semmel of Lehighton, found no long lines and plenty of merchandise late yesterday morning as the shelves were fully stocked.
"I'm here shopping with my grandson," she said. "He wants a new pair of shoes."
Acting Chief of Police Audie Mertz of Mahoning Township said there were no serious incidents at Walmart during Black Friday events.
Mertz said the only matter police had to investigate occurred on Thursday night. At 8:40 p.m., a 62 year old female from Lehighton was walking between parking aisles when she was struck by an suv that was backing up. The suv was operated by a 29 year old female from Jim Thorpe.
The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital by Mahoning Valley ambulance for treatment.