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Three Huntley High School students were taking advantage of that extra security and early morning shopping Friday at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Algonquin.
Huntley resident Jessi Groth had been out since 5:45 a.m., trying to find gifts for family members. Groth said she was not looking for anything in particular.
“[I’m] just looking around,” Groth said. “I never really have anything in mind when I go out shopping for gifts. I just wait to see if something catches my eye.”
Groth said she also likes people watching on Black Friday. Her friends Natalie Gaszynski, of Lake in the Hills, and Julia Johnson, of Huntley, also were shopping for loved ones.
Johnson said she was having trouble finding a gift for her boyfriend. Gaszynski mentioned her trip to Target on Thursday night was much more hectic than the crowds she saw Friday morning. The three were on to Ulta next.
Back at Best Buy in Crystal Lake, June McHugh was fading fast.
“I need a cup of coffee,” McHugh, of Cary, said.
McHugh had started shopping around 6:30 a.m. at Target and Kohl’s. She said she typically does not enjoy the crowds, but they did not seem too bad this year.
Aaron Eddy, of Wonder Lake, said he was planning on hitting up the “main” stores, like Walmart, Meijer and Menards to find deals.
“Our kids are getting older, so we don’t really need any more toys,” Eddy said. “Just seeing what’s out there.”