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Live from the Shopping Front Lines

Patch invites you to join us in sharing stories and images from Black Friday sales around Cobb, Cherokee, Bartow, Douglas and Paulding counties.

The end of Thanksgiving feasts and pro football ushers in the Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa shopping season. Assuming nothing bad happens, knock on wood, Black Friday isn't serious, hard news, but it is a part of many of our lives. So we'll be bringing you stories, photos and videos from the shopping scene around the area all day.

You also can use the map above to check on the traffic around your store or mall of choice. The map centers on Town Center at Cobb to start, but you can change the location by using the address box at the bottom right of the map, by dragging around on the map, and by zooming in and out.

Need some last-minute advice before you face the hordes? Check out this .

Have any memorable moments? Grab any great bargains? Spot anything that makes you feel the joy of the season or leaves you shaking your head? Share it with the community. You can add comments, photos and videos to the live blog above, or you can comment in the space below or click on "Add photos & video." Or email michael.jacobs@patch.com.

Happy shopping. 

Pam J November 25, 2011 at 04:46 PM
I just went to the Kohl's in Hiram. Saw the check-out lines (halfway to the back of the store) and walked back out! I don't really have the patience to deal with this stuff.
Michael Jacobs November 25, 2011 at 05:12 PM
I'm with you, Pam. At this point in my life, my time is worth more to me than any amount I might save by dealing with the Black Friday madness.
Tracey November 25, 2011 at 06:59 PM
I gave it up about three years ago...the lines are to long to deal with and the people can get very rude! I just shop on line:)
Tamie Clark November 25, 2011 at 11:29 PM
Fun Black Friday shopping story: As we finished checking out at Walmart at 10:30 last night, a college guy in the lane next to us held up his purchases (2 bags of waffle irons) and shouted "I GOT MY WAFFLE IRONS!" My 2 sisters, mom, friend and I (being the nuts we are) cheered for him like we were at a football game. Everyone else joined in with us. Then everyone around us burst out laughing. As we were exiting the store, people coming by asked what was going on.
Donna Espy-Rypel November 26, 2011 at 12:48 AM
Love that enthusiasm, Tami! Thanks for sharing your story, and I hope you got some great deals for your Black Friday efforts!

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