Gerald and Frances Ratliff, both 70, like the sale's steaks, ribs and burgers.
The couple looked over their coupons as they stood next to their buggy full of food for their Thanksgiving meal. Canned pumpkin piled on top of potatoes, pie crusts and cranberry sauce were a few items they planned on taking to their son's Jackson County home for Thanksgiving.
They even bought diapers, as gifts for their great-grandkids, said Gerald, a retired Air National Guard and Air Force veteran.
"This sale really is a benefit for people who have earned it," Gerald said. "We follow [the commissary sales] all around the state."
Next year, there are 10 sales planned in West Virginia. The next sale in Charleston is planned for the weekend of March 2-3.
Harold and Teresa Clark go to three commissary sales a year. The Poca family, along with their 3-year-old son, Caleb, showed up at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and, by 2 p.m., they were finally checking out.
About 20 people and their buggies stood in the checkout line at one time, which snaked around a couple corners inside the armory.
Two hours after they first stepped foot in the long line -- and young Caleb had fallen asleep in his father's arms -- servicmembers bagged the Clarks' groceries.
Harold, an Army veteran who was disabled by a roadside bomb, said the sale helps his family buy everyday items -- such as juice and diapers for their son -- at a discount so they can provide their children with some extras. The Clarks also have a 16-year-old daughter.
"It allows us to give a little more for our kids," Teresa said. "We can go to the Disney store and get them a toy because of the money we save."
Ashley Meade, 30, wanted to give a little more to her husband, Peter, who is deployed in Afghanistan. The Hometown resident filled her cart with Kool-Aid, peanuts and soap that she plans to put in boxes and send overseas to her husband, who left Sept. 1.
"This is one of the big things they offer to their families and spouses," Meade said, "so I like to take advantage of it."
The military does take care of the spouses, Connie Dunlap said, and she will come back.
"This is a family," she said as she inched her cart closer to the checkout line, "and this sale is preparing me for the holidays I'll have with my family."
Reach Megan Workman at megan.work...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.