Spending the day spending

By BETH CRACE, GAYLE COULTER, MELISSA ARNOLD and C Published:

Walking in a drizzling rain in the Kmart parking lot, heading for the front door at 6:07 a.m., Frankfort's Sharon Howell was on her earliest-ever Christmas shopping trip on the day after Thanksgiving.

Wal-Mart was supposed to be her first stop, "but I couldn't find a parking space," she said. More than 100 people were standing in line when the Kmart doors opened at 6 a.m., but Howell walked right in and had no trouble maneuvering through the front aisles. She wasn't hunting for any specific items - "just bargains" - and planned to do all her shopping in Frankfort.

Frankfort's Mary Boden had only two people in front of her in a chec-out lane around 6:15 a.m. Kmart was her first stop because of specific toys she came to get for her youngest daughter. Since her daughter is a reader, the names of the toys won't be mentioned. Boden said she would like to get all of her Christmas shopping done today, "but I doubt if that will happen." Her next planned stop was JCPenney.

A personnel office employee in the state Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services, Frankfort's Marcella Moore was in the Kmart toy department, shopping for four grandchildren. She said she didn't have a clue what toys would end up in her cart, but would have specific CDs and DVDs to look for when she arrived in the music and movies section. This is the second straight year she's done the 6 a.m. shopping adventure to take advantage of the sale prices.

The Moore family Christmas tree is already decorated and her goal is to get the shopping done and presents wrapped and under the tree as quickly as possible. She said she would spend about half the day shopping and the other half preparing a Friday Thanksgiving family dinner.

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