Shoppers happy to see low prices for toys

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 28, 2010

NATCHEZ — For Christmas, Santa Claus isn’t the big name that matters.

Area Black Friday shoppers said Spiderman, Barbie and Toy Story are top requests from children on their shopping lists.

Shoppers filled the toy sections of local stores early Friday morning hoping to score deals on those most wanted items for this season.

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Natchez shopper Jennifer Jefferies was filling her buggy with action figures from the Toy Story 3 movie. Buzz Lightyear and Woody will be waiting under the Christmas tree for Jefferies’ 6-year-old son and her 4-year-old nephew.

“It is all about Toy Story this year,” she said. “Everything they asked for was from that movie. They love it.”

Jefferies said since the shoppers on her list are still young, she wasn’t find it too hard to fill their requests.

“Basically if it has Toy Story on the package, they’ll like it,” she said.

She had found plenty to keep the boys busy on Christmas morning and was happy to be basically finished with that part of her shopping in one morning.

And she was happy with the deal she walked out the door with, too.

“It was busy, but I knew what I wanted so I just went and got it,” she said. “I’ll let the madness die down some before I come back, though. I’ll probably wait a week before even thinking about shopping again.”

Jefferies certainly wasn’t alone in her early morning quest for deals. Just a couple of aisles over, Sholanda West of Fayette was picking out Barbie dolls and Barbie clothes for her daughters, ages 8 and 6.

West said Black Friday shopping is a tradition for her, her mother and grandmother. She said it was fun to spend time with the family and find bargains.

“It’s like a game,” she said. “We split up the stuff we want and meet up to see who got everything on the list.

“I got the kids list this year.”

West said she remembered asking for Barbies when she was a child and was happy to know her girls are playing with the same toys.

“These are classic,” she said pointing at the dolls in the shopping cart. “It seems like every little girl wants to play with Barbie.”

West picked up a couple of dolls that were on sale, but also chose to get one of the higher priced dolls for each of her daughters.

“They didn’t ask for any of the special dolls, but I’m saving money on these so I can get them something special, too,” she said.

West said she was happy to avoid the rush of the electronics section this year, but believes before long she’ll be fighting the crowds for video games, accessories, computers and the like.

“My girls are little now, but it won’t be long before they are asking for something over there,” she said. “Maybe I won’t get that list when that starts.”

West was also buying for her 3-year-old nephew, but thinks he’ll be easy to buy for.

“All he wants is a football and a Spiderman toy,” she said. “Boys are easy.”

In the madness of the electronics section, Craig and Barbara Peters of Clinton, La. were looking for games for their teenaged grandchildren.

Barbara is a veteran Black Friday shopper, but Craig is still new.

“I’m just here to hold her purse, I think,” he joked.

Barbara said she asks for Christmas lists early so she is prepared when Black Friday comes.

“I don’t get upset if I can’t find something, but I like knowing I don’t have to worry about shopping if I find everything,” she said. “I like to get the shopping out of the way and just enjoy my family at Christmas.”