While big-box and boutique stores were filled Friday with bargain hunters, bathroom hunters lined Buc-ees on their way to and from holiday feasts with family and friends. Others were taking a long weekend away, lured by everything from reunions with high school gal pals to the Texas Renaissance Festival northwest of Houston.
Regardless, the rules of the road dictated a stop. And maybe some shopping. Some travelers picked up stocking stuffers: Maria Garcia, for example, snagged a Texas beer T-shirt for her son.
“Yeah, you could Christmas shop here,” replied Garcia, of Cuero, when asked if this was the start of her gift-buying.
She wasnt done yet, Garcia said. Buc-ees was a stopover on her way to the San Marcos outlet shops.
Lydia Langston, of Pearsall, headed to Louisiana for a get-together after Thanksgiving with her family, shopped for herself. With a long way to go, she was making a brief stop in Luling for food.Lots of back-and-forth travel is becoming the norm for holidays, Langston said.
“So many folks are from blended families that you have more than one occasion,” she said.