Black Friday shoppers hit West County Center

Caitlin Bayley of Godfrey, left, sleeps in the children's play area at West County Center after a night of shopping with her friend Haley Freeman of Alton on Black Friday, November 25, 2011. "We've been up 24 hours," declared Bayley, who counted among her purchases blu-ray players, griddles, food grinders, blenders, movies and pots and pans. Starting their day at 9 p.m. at Walmart Thursday after Thanksgiving dinner, they eventually arrived at the West County Center for the mall's midnight opening. "I'm so tired right now," said Freeman. "But we've had great memories today." Photo by Robert Cohen,

November 25, 2011 9:25 am  •