Karen Brawley, who is from Ontario, Canada, was very organized Friday.
As she stood in the J.C. Penney store at Salmon Run Mall, she wielded a small two-way radio "to stay in touch with the people we came with," and to "find out where everybody's shopping."
We found lots of Canadian shoppers at the mall, people like Danielle Teoli, who told us she was buying "lots of clothing and toys - Christmas presents."
But not everything purchased on Black Friday is for others; in fact, merchants subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) aim some of their efforts of people buying for themselves.
Count Brandon Bates of Watertown as one of them. Bates was in Best Buy Friday.
"I just moved here recently," he explained, "so I've been looking to get a television."
And for something completely different from the mall experience, there's the American Maple Museum in Croghan, which had a sale in its gift shop and called it "Maple Friday." The sale continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.,m.
To see, hear more from shoppers and merchants at the mall, and get a look at the Maple Museum's wares, click on the picture to watch our coverage.
Friday, September 4, 2015, Watertown, NY
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