Black Friday fun in Charleston (update: sales good, online even better)

Image by Flickr user miagant Some good old fashion queue fun.

Update November 28: The reports are coming as to how good the sales were for the businesses, along with a bit of tea leaves reading on the economy.

On Black Friday itself while the number of customers was up some 2.2% over last year, sales themselves improved by a paltry 0.3%. That said, over the Black Friday weekend sales are being projected up 8.7%.

And online retailers are pretty happy, too, with sales on Friday up 16%.

First reporting: Ah, Black Friday.

You may think it's crazy to get in line at 5:30 p.m. and stand there for 11 hours to save a handful of cash on your holiday wish list. But at least that wait is in temperate South Carolina and not in the freeze-your-butt North.

But at least there's always turkey bowling to keep you entertained

As for how things went this year the general consensus seems to have been that the Tanger Outlets in North Charleston were slammed and all the media coverage seems to have shifted to the more manageable West Ashley. 

Live 5 News has a nice video report from the West Ashley Target and ABC News 4 has one from the West Ashley Best Buy just down the road. The Post and Courier has a more standard news write-up of what the sales are and how the day unfolded across the region.

Live 5 also has a report from King Street downtown which was generally more manageable as the deals are less door buster like -- oh and don't forget if you're planning to do your downtown shopping later on, here's a free two-hour parking voucher.

As for how sales are going this season, we'll have to wait a little bit to hear what the experts are saying.

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