Friday, November 25, 2011
Thousands of people visited shopping malls and stores to take advantage of Black Friday bargains.
"It's really nice to see the sales 'cause who doesn't want to see sales?" said Alexis Edmisten, who joined two friends to shop at Towne West Square.
Edmisten spent Thanksgiving dinner with her family and then decided to shop at Walmart.
"It was packed, bunches of people. There was people everywhere, side by side, in front, back of you," said Edmisten.
Megan Keller started shopping around 9 p.m. on Thursday and described a similar scene.
"The lines were outrageous, wrapping all the way around the building. That's just outside. Walmart, we went inside, the bell rang to go shopping and people started screaming and pushing and shoving. It was crazy," said Keller.
Keller was a strategic shopper and went with several family members to help divide and conquer.
"We already found out all the stuff that we wanted to get beforehand. Then, we kind of just split up, go get a cart, go stand in line, and go get all the stuff, as fast as we can," said Keller.
Other shoppers decided not to mess with lines outside, but still found themselves in long lines to check out.
"I save a lot of money. That's what we're doing. Most of the things we picked up were about half price. It's just good to come out early and get what you need," said Michael Marks, who shopped with his family at Kmart.
Black Friday sale signs could be seen all over shopping malls and stores and cash registers were abuzz with people trying to pay before doorbuster deals expired.
"It's one of the biggest shopping days of the year, every knows. This starts the Christmas season off so we're ready for it," said Charlotte Conner, Kmart front store manager.