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Shoppers wait 40 minutes to enter Kate Spade store

Black Friday sales drew lines at some stores in the Tanger Outlet mall in Deer Park. However, trackers are estimating that foot traffic in stores nationwide is down for Nov. 25, 2016. (Credit: Steve Pfost)

Scenes from Black Friday shopping around Long Island:

Long lines

Amanda Draghi, 26, a Massapequa resident who headed to the Tanger Outlets in Deer Park Thursday night, said some stores were so busy when she arrived that she and her sister had to wait in lines for at least 40 minutes to get in.

Vineyard Vines and Kate Spade had especially long lines, she said.

“I’ve been out all night,” said Draghi, who was with her mother, Lori, Friday morning.

Amanda Draghi said she went to the outlet mall with her twin sister Thursday night around 10 p.m., headed home briefly and then came out again Friday morning. She said she planned to hit the Neiman Marcus Last Call store before calling it a day.

Her mother, Lori Draghi, 54, also of Massapequa, said she went to Macy’s Thursday night because she “had to get a couple of their door busters” and then returned home. But after hearing about the deals her daughters were finding at the outlets — particularly a 70 percent off deal at Kate Spade — she headed out again Friday morning.

“They started showing me everything, and I’m like, ‘I’ve got to go,’ ” Lori Draghi said.

Shop — or just dance

A crowd of about 40 shoppers, bags in hand, stopped in front of the Microsoft store at Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station Friday morning, their eyes glued on Joe Giarratano, who was busy breaking a sweat on the dance floor.

Giarratano, 31, of Manhattan, who was playing Dance Central Spotlight and dancing to “Now That We Found Love,” said he worked at the Microsoft store for three years but is now an insurance salesman.

“I love coming to the mall and dancing in front of people on Black Friday. It’s my third year in a row doing it,” he said. “It’s exciting because there’s so many people and it’s the start of the holiday season.”

Giarratano says he can dance for three hours without taking a break and explains he only learned to dance five years ago when he began playing Xbox games.

As far as Black Friday deals, he’s looking forward to buying a new tablet at Microsoft and clothes at Express.

“I’ll probably save anywhere from 40 to 60 percent,” he said. “I like the evolution of Black Friday. It used to be only one day, now it’s expanded to the whole weekend. It’s fun.”

Proud to be American

Trevor Corrao, 21, Dan Gennero, 21, and Andrew Auer, 23, all of Farmingdale, don’t consider themselves Black Friday shoppers because they visit Dick’s Sporting Goods regularly.

“I’d come any day,” said Corrao, who was trying on trucker hats that were on sale “buy one and get one half off” at the chain’s Melville location. “But there are good deals today.”

Gennero and Auer said they were each buying a gun, Gennero for target practice and Auer for hunting.

When asked if the results of the presidential election had any impact on their spending plans, three agreed it had not.

“If anything we’re more proud to be American. The results of the election haven’t even come into play yet. Not at all,” said Corrao. “I think I’ll get this USA hat. Does it look good on me?”

It’s all about family

For Kristy Schiliro, 39, of Centerport, Black Friday shopping is more about tradition than snagging deals.

Schiliro makes the journey to Walt Whitman Shops every year with a group of 20 people — her extended family, including eight “little ones” ages 2 to 11.

“Every Black Friday we go over to one of our houses and have a big breakfast with all the kids,” she said. “After, we come to the mall and have all the cousins take a group shot with Santa.”

Schiliro, who says some stores like Gap have good deals on children’s clothing and offer discounts of up to 50 percent, said savings are great but secondary to the prospect of spending time with family.


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