Shoppers turn out for Black Friday deals

GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) — Black Friday is officially underway. That’s after many retailers opened on Thanksgiving Day to get a head start on holiday shopping.

The hours change each and every year. Black Friday has slowly fading into gray Thursday.

“It really starts on Thursday now, which I don’t really like because of Thanksgiving. It takes away from the family part,” shopper Allie Cole said.

But for many the shopping is a family affair.

“It’s been kind of a tradition for me and her to go since we were little kids, so we just keep it going,” Tina Lam said.

“It’s a family girl thing and we have a really good time,” Anna Williams said.

Williams and her super shopper sisters, give a whole new meaning to marathon shopping.

“We’re the kind of people that go out when they open and we don’t go home for like 30 hours. We’re the 30-hour shoppers,” Williams said. “And we shop every store twice, because we go to the deals first and then we go back and shop.”

Others say the deals allow their donations to go even further.

“I mean we got like three kids full Christmas presents done here,” Sarah Rose said.

Rose’s purchases will all go back to the White River Township Fire Department’s Christmas Angel project.

“Almost everything we bought was for them,” Rose said.

According to the Associated Press, sales dropped 13.2 percent on Black Friday last year after the early openings on Thanksgiving.

Tech items seem to be some of the more popular gifts this year, but many of those stores didn’t open their doors on Thanksgiving. AT&T stores, Spring and Verizon all were closed Thursday. Many don’t open until regular business hours on Friday.

For a full list of Black Friday store hours, click here.

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