Shoppers snatch up Black Friday deals


For many it’s the official start of the holiday shopping season — Black Friday drew crowds across the valley, hunting for bargains and packing malls throughout the day. 

“It took us forever to get a parking spot, we had to walk over,” Bianca Mancilla said. 

“We almost got hit on the way in,” Kayla Dohalberg said. 

Despite all the madness people still came out in droves.

“Inside it’s even more lines. It’s just a lot of lines. You can’t move barely. You can barely move,” Joceline Corona said. 

“It’s crazy to see how many people are actually in Clovis and Fresno once Black Friday comes,” Dohalberg said. 

Many people’s shopping trips were straightforward. 

“Doing some early Christmas shopping and some stuff for work and wardrobes,” Bianca Mancilla said.

Others people ended up picking up some less conventional deals. One couple came for a toaster oven and left with a little more — a puppy. 

“We passed the SPCA van full of dogs so we ended up with ‘Snowy.’ Cause how could you resist this face?,” Norman Hicks said.

The shelter offered deep discounts on four legged friends.

“Today we had a really good day. There were a lot of people, so we love coming out her because people are doing Black Friday shopping anyway,” Diana Rios and adoption agent said. 

“When we came in we saw the big black eye, and you fall in love, what are you going to do?,” Hicks said. 

A total of 17 pets found their forever home for the holidays, and plenty of people crossed names of their holiday lists. 

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