Extreme Black Friday: Meet the shoppers

Newsday's 2011 featured Black Friday shopper, Amie Ortiz

Newsday's 2011 featured Black Friday shopper, Amie Ortiz (second from right) with her loyal Black Friday shopping companions. (Credit: Handout)

We asked for Long Islander's most intense Black Friday shoppers, and you answered. The biggest shopping day of the year is almost here, and this year we'll keep readers up to date with Amie Ortiz, 31, of Holbrook, and her family and friends as they venture out to hit the sales, an eight-year tradition for the group.

Ortiz wrote, "We plan it out all year and map out our route Thanksgiving night with circulars and coupons! We start as early as possible and sometimes divide and conquer the stores so that someone is on line and others grab the hot items. Last year we even had T-shirts made with our names on the back! We finish off with breakfast at the diner and then we all go for a relaxing massage! It’s an awesome day!"

Before you witness them in their glory on Nov. 25, get to know the shoppers.

Amie Ortiz
 
Age: 31

Hometown: Holbrook
 
Black Friday experience: Eight years
 
Favorite Black Friday stores: Toys R Us, Kohls, Target, Smith Haven Mall, NY & Company, Express and Macy's, to name a few.
 
Must-have items this year: Camera, basketball hoop for my son and new coat for me

Area of specialty: Home goods!
 
Best Black Friday deal ever scored: A flat-screen TV at Walmart
 
Shopping tip: Start early, have patience and have fun! This has been a tradition of ours for so long because we have a blast doing it!

Jennifer Tullo

Age: 41

Hometown: Coram

Black Friday experience: Eight years

Favorite Black Friday stores: Kohls, Macy's, Best Buy

Must-have item this year: Flat-screen TV for the bedroom and boots

Area of specialty: Shoes

Best Black Friday deal ever scored: Kitchen Aid Mixer at Kohls

Shopping tip: Have your ads/coupons ready and have a plan of what stores to hit at what time for maximum savings.

Kelli Giglio

Age: 29

Hometown: Selden

Black Friday experience: Eight years

Favorite Black Friday stores: Kohls and Target

Must-have item this year: Flat-screen TV

Area of specialty: Clothing

Best Black Friday deal ever scored: 37-inch TV from Walmart for $300

Shopping tip: Be patient, we're all in it for the same reason!

Laura Giglio 
 
Age: 50 
 
Hometown: Selden 
 
Black Friday experience: Eight years
 
Favorite Black Friday stor
es: Kohls, Target, Best Buy 
 
Must-have item this year: A little bit of everything! 
 
Area of specialty: Love it all! 
 
Best Black Friday deal ever scored: Flat-screen TVs at Best Buy, oh yeah! 
 
Shopping tip: Lots of caffeine! Dress lightly, stores are hot. Lighten up … it should be fun, not taken too seriously! 

For live updates, follow @NinaShopsNY on Twitter and check exploreli.com/shopping Nov. 25.

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