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Shoppers turned out in strong numbers on an overcast Friday morning in search of good deals at Jamestown's major retailers.

"It's been a wonderful morning," said J-D Bachaus, general manager at Menards. "Happy faces and a lot of big deals."

Bachaus said earbuds were the first thing to sell out, although dog beds and salt lamps were also popular. Cold weather clothing, caps and gloves also sold well. Store staff moved among the shoppers with carts of things like batteries for people to add to their purchases.

The store operated 12 cash registers and managed to move people through without any lines at the checkouts.

"There was a big line to get into the store at 6 (a.m.)," Bachaus said. "We're still going strong at 10."

Employees at Tractor Supply Co. in Jamestown found people waiting in the parking lot when they opened the store, according to Travis Samshal, manager.

"We're doing well," he said. "People waiting when we opened and steady ever since."

Samshal said they may not have had televisions or other electronics, but they were still moving big ticket items.

"We had a snowblower that sold out in the morning," he said. "A gun safe has been doing well but overall it's a lot of everything else selling. It's a good mix."

While T.J.Maxx referred a call for comment to its corporate headquarters, Bev Dawson, Buffalo Mall manager, said all the stores there were busy.

"It's been going very well," she said. "Everybody has a smile on their face."

Dunham's Sports opened its doors at 5 a.m. with the rest of the mall beginning at 7 a.m.

Most of the Black Friday attention falls to the big box stores although small businesses are anticipating the most activity today on Small Business Saturday, according to Cindy Gilge, owner of Gifts from the Heart.

"People will show us some love on Saturday," she said. "We're expecting robust traffic then."

Following Small Business Saturday is Museum Store Sunday, according to Sam Berlin, museum assistant at the National Buffalo Museum.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday for shoppers and people browsing the displays.

"We'll have discounts on things depending on how much the person spends," Berlin said.

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