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Updated: 11/30/2013 11:10:01AM

Shoppers go cold turkey

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SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH, eallen@sun-herald.com
Hundreds of shoppers surround a display of electronic items at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at the North Port Walmart.

SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH, eallen@sun-herald.com
J.C. Penney employee Ginny Martz, right, gives away Mickey Mouse snowglobe collectibles to Cathy Roche and Rosie Boland. Some in the group of friends, also pictured at left, bought rolling luggage so they easily could carry all of the bags from their five-hour trip at the mall on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. The women also spent five hours at Walmart in Murdock on Thanksgiving.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY OKSANA MIROSHNICHENKO
The line of shoppers at the Murdock Target wound around the building at 7 p.m. Thursday for the store's 8 p.m. opening.

SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH, eallen@sun-herald.com
The Port Charlotte Town Center mall traditionally has been filled with thousands of holiday shoppers at 5 a.m. Black Friday. That wasn't the case this year, as many stores such as Old Navy opened many hours earlier on Thanksgiving.

By ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

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Neatly stacked Elizabeth Arden lip gloss sets shared a shelf with Clinique gift sets at Macy’s. Both were on sale for less than $20, and both weren’t gone by 5:30 a.m.

Unlike last year’s Black Friday sale, when limited supplies of exclusive doorbuster makeup deals at the Murdock department store were scarfed up by eager shoppers, this year, there was plenty of merchandise left at 6 a.m. Friday.

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