There may not have been the early morning hordes of deal hunters reported at the Glendale Galleria or the Best Buy electronics store in Burbank, but Black Friday still meant brisk business in La Cañada Flintridge.
Lines ebbed and flowed throughout the afternoon at the Home Goods store in La Cañada Town Center, where Tomas and Delia Cookman stood out from the bustle with a haul that included a large Buddhist-inspired lawn ornament as well as indoor lamps and boxes of dishware.
"We came in looking for deals," said Tomas Cookman, whose children attend La Cañada and Flintridge preparatory schools.
A group from Boy Scout Troop 555 kicked off the holiday season with a gift-wrapping table at nearby Sport Chalet, collecting donations to support scouting activities throughout the year.
While cashiers there remained busy into the evening, volunteer Andrew Menschick and 16-year-old son Caldwell — assisted by Duggan Burke, 13, and Ian Meltzer, 11 — said that lines at the store that morning had stretched as far as 75 feet.