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What Was Your Best Black Friday Find?

TVs, diamonds, cookware, game systems and computer printers — what were some of the best deals found Friday in Southland stores?

Friday was all about the bargain. Several folks told Patch about their best finds on Friday. Tell us about yours in the comment section.

FOUND AT TARGET, OAK LAWN

Gina Roach and her mother, Sharon Valente, both of Beverly, caught a few good deals early Friday at . Their finds included a Fisher-Price laptop for $22.99 and a 9-inch LCD TV for $55, down from $120. "I'm tingling," Valente confessed with a laugh.

FOUND AT BEST BUY, HOMEWOOD

Mrs. Thomas (who declined to share her first name), of Chicago, visited to find the last Kinect bundle for $199. The bundle included the gaming system, a controller, a charger and two batteries. Thomas hovered over her merchandise protectively until a salesperson brought her a cart. "I never come out on Black Friday, and these were the last ones," she declared.

Marcus Scruggs of Markham made a trip to Best Buy in Homewood in time to snag a 32-inch LCD TV for $277, normally $349. "I missed the ones that were $199," he said. "But I wasn't coming out at midnight for it."

FOUND AT BED BATH AND BEYOND, HOMEWOOD

presented quite the steal for Bernard Arrington of Matteson. In a sale that only lasted from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., Arrington got a 13-piece stainless steel cookware set — normally $400 — for $200, plus a skillet and a $50 gift card. Arrington also used his 20 percent off coupon for more savings on his overall purchase. "I'm really big on dishes," he said. "And this is really great cookware. It's the second best in the whole store." 

FOUND AT SEARS, OAK LAWN

Gwen Johnson of Beverly bought a 14-kt gold diamond ring for $59, plus an extra 20 percent off in savings at Sears in Oak Lawn. The retail price for the ring was $149.99 and "that's a great deal," Johnson said.

Paulina Budzyk of Chicago couldn't make it to Walmart for the $39 printer/scanner/copier she wanted but she was downright giddy when she found comparable items at Sears in Oak Lawn. "I got these for $40 each," she said, gesturing toward the two printers she purchased — one in each hand.

FOUND AT BEST BUY, TINLEY PARK

Randall Davis of Markham and Roger Kwak of New Lenox each a 42-inch Sharp LCD TV after waiting nearly 18 hours in the cold on Thanksgiving Day for the door-buster deal at . The pair nabbed the TV for $199, $300 off its original price. 

Davis said he went to the Best Buy in Orland Park at 5 a.m. but left because there were already people in line. His craftiness paid off as he was first in line in Tinley, with Kwak arriving about an hour later at 7 a.m.

"We've become best friends," Kwak said with a laugh. "We've had a lot of time together, talking about fantasy football, family, the holidays — basically everything."

FOUND AT ORLAND SQUARE MALL, ORLAND PARK

Paula Swanstrom of Homer Glen said her best buys of the day came from JC Penny, where she purchased a coffee maker and 5-quart crock pot for $10 each.

Swanstrom said the two items were too good of a deal to pass up and will definitely find use in her home.

FOUND AT ORLAND SQUARE MALL, ORLAND PARK

Samantha Toon and Robert Hamilton, both of Frankfort, hit the mall and purchased a purse and hat respectively on their Black Friday shopping trip.

Toon said her purse came from a kiosk in the mall, while Hamilton said he bought his new hat at Lids.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BLACK FRIDAY FIND: Did you find a great bargain? Got a fun story to tell? Something to complain about? Discuss on Patch.

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