Shoppers wait hours to catch early Black Friday sales

2017 Thanksgiving/Black Friday shopping guide

2017 Thanksgiving/Black Friday shopping guide

"We actually celebrated thanksgiving early this year so we could come out here, daughter really wanted a dollhouse", says Sumedh Mokashi. At 4:30, the mall was virtually a ghost town, but over the next 30 minutes, the parking lot filled and lines began to form as bargain hunters ventured out seeking the best deals of the year.

And this year some stores opened on Thanksgiving afternoon, before the turkey was even cold.

Black Friday shoppers in Baton Rouge lined up early in an attempt to get the first chance at the best deal. If you're headed out, we have everything you need to know about Black Friday. She bought a deep fryer, pajamas and Under Armor hats before going to Toys "R" Us to shop for her first grandchild.

Folks waited hours - many saying they just couldn't afford to miss out on the savings.

"Usually we work hand and hand with local law enforcement to make sure that there's a little extra security outside and inside the building", he said.

Black Friday no longer gets dibs on Christmas sales: Thanksgiving Thursday shopping and online sales have pushed into that territory, with more than $59 billion in sales expected between the two days, according to finder.com. "We art, watched the Lions lose by a touchdown and came to spend money".

"We feed everybody and they got to leave. It's fun to go out and just be a part of the holiday spirit", Gamache said.

"We can have a holiday and get some shopping done while still spending time with family on our days off", said Barren of Wixom. "We just like Bealls", Carrie Swanson said.

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