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Chilly Black Friday in N.H.

Black Friday got off to a chilly start yesterday in New Hampshire and stayed that way, but consumers didn’t seem to mind.

Temperatures stayed in the 20s throughout the day. It wasn’t as windy as Thanksgiving.

Some businesses got into the spirit of “Plaid Friday,” instead, promoting shopping at local and independent businesses. One farm in Harrisville, the Mayfair Farm, was holding a bazaar featuring a variety of local crafts and baked goods.

In Concord, the “Green Concord” business alliance offered discount gift cards at a number of member retailers.

Some businesses got off to an early start and opened on Thanksgiving.

At the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester, manager Jack Toscano told WMUR traffic has been steady since Thursday. He said families have been coming to shop.

Nicole Scrimgeour was outside the Best Buy in West Lebanon about 4 a.m. Thursday. She told the Valley News she’s camped out to get a jump on Black Friday deals for years, but changed her schedule to accommodate the store’s earlier opening at 6 p.m. Thursday. She said on the one hand, she didn’t have to camp overnight, but on the other, she missed her entire Thanksgiving.

“I do what the stores tell me,” she said.

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