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Spotsy mall is mobbed at midnight


Where’s an elf?

That’s what hundreds of shoppers wearing paper reindeer antlers were wondering as they flooded into Spotsylvania Towne Centre at midnight on Black Friday.

The antlers were included in the goody bags handed out to the first 1,250 people in line to get inside Thursday night. If an elf spotted them wearing them, they could get a gift certificate worth $10 to $500.

But elves could be hard to find in the throngs snapping up bargains and waiting in long lines to make their purchases this morning. Some had better luck getting friends to snap their picture with a Chick-fil-A cow dressed as Santa or a bare-chested model standing in front of Hollisters.

DJ D-Lux. owner of Spin Wax Academy in Dumfries, was in the main concourse spinning some hip tunes that could be heard over the din made by bag-toting shoppers as they went from store to store. Most retailers inside the mall were open, although a few paid a fee to opt out. A handful of retailers in The Village at Towne Centre, including Saxon Shoes and Books-A-Million, were open as well.

Mary Schellhammer, who opened her first Spice Rack Chocolates retail store in the mall earlier this year, said she hoped all the Black Friday sales drawing the crowds would will help people realize that she’s there.