Long-time shoppers: Black Friday bargain-hunting belongs on Friday, not Thanksgiving

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NewsChannel 9 caught up with a few mother-daughter shopping teams at Destiny USA that have been doing Black Friday for decades. 

As online options for shopping grow, they say these traditions should stay the way they are. Each group says shopping during family time on Thanksgiving Day is something they won’t do.

Decking the halls in matching ensembles, Nancy Natoli, of Oswego, and her two daughters Yvonne Knopp and Missy Boni, always come ready to shop.

“It’s bonding,” Boni shared. “A family tradition to come and do this and we giggle and we laugh and we just have a good time.”

Making a day of it,  Mary Ann Knight and her daughter Erika Gilbert shop every Black Friday from 2 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“We will go through all the other stores, Old Navy and all that stuff and Children’s Outlet,” Knight said. “From there, we usually get done with this mall and then we take off to Rochester.”

Swiping and clicking for all Christmas shopping needs just won’t do it for Gilbert.

“I do buy some things online. Not a lot,” Gilbert said. “Most of what I do, I get in-store just because I prefer to have it in my hand.”

Both shopping teams tell us they get just about all their Christmas shopping done on this very day.

They even manage to sneak in some secret gifts for their moms and sisters they’re shopping alongside. 

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