Kevin Henry trekked to Best Buy in Alexandria on Thursday night to buy some half-priced Beats by Dre headphones — and to re-create the thrill that he got when his mom first took him to a Black Friday sale as a middle-schooler. Ernestine Veny went to Kmart in Oxon Hill, Md., before dawn because she wanted to touch a set of 800-thread-count sheets before she scooped them up for $19.99. Sharon Brandon planned to get back into her pajamas after she left Kmart with a slew of $4.99 board games, including Trouble and Don’t Break the Ice. Her turkey was in the oven, but she couldn’t resist the siren call of a store during its Black Friday bonanza.
“The crowd, the atmosphere, I just want to get in and be hands-on. Online shopping is boring,” Brandon said.