Stateliners put down their forks and picked up their wallets to start Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving.
Checkout lines were long at Rockford’s JC Penney as shoppers took advantage of Turkey Day deals. Pillows, towels, jewelry and appliances are the hot items there.
While at other stores, shoppers are purchasing, televisions, video game systems, tablets, and phones. Gift cards are also big sellers during the holiday season.
Workers at JC Penney say shopping on Thanksgiving is starting to become a tradition in the Stateline.
Store General Manager Molly Hodges says, “We’ve opened on thanksgiving the last two years, and as you can see it’s definitely something that’s become popular. We got people that are out and about, just to see what the fun is all about. (They’re) Not even shopping for anything in particular.”