Black Friday shopping Worcester County online earlier sales

WORCESTER — While the days of hordes of shoppers camping outside stores the morning after Thanksgiving may be a thing of the past, Black Friday is still alive.

However, it is a bit more laid-back now.

Whitco Sales in Spencer

Bill White, owner of Whitco Sales, 140 Main St. in Spencer, said Black Friday is a top sale day for Whitco, surpassed only by Massachusetts’ sales tax holiday in August, which exempts retail items of up to $2,500 from being taxed.

“It’s always big for us,” White said of Black Friday. “Black Friday weekend is always a very good sales time, but in comparison to the sales tax holiday, that’s now the best time of year for sales. It dwarfs maybe three times what the Black Friday business is, for us.”