The year's busiest shopping day gets a head start. People waiting in line for hours, even days, to save big.
If you've got a mailbox chances are you were bombarded with ad after ad from these big name stores. It's obvious that this year, Black Friday began Thursday. For shopper Amanda Shaffer, that meant giving up the holiday altogether.
"We didn't do thanksgiving. Me, my mom, my dad sat in front of K-Mart for Thanksgiving so it's been interesting." -she says.
Shaffer claims it was worth it being first in line at Rockford's K-Mart. She purchased a 32-inch TV during the daytime doorbusters and has her voucher for a 50-inch TV. After that she's got one more item to check off her list.
"Shoes are buy one get one free right now, I saw some cute boots in the ad." -Shaffer adds.
Waiting in line at K-Mart hasn't been exactly peaceful, the police were called several times for verbal threats.
"You see 40-year-old people going to like a 5-year-old state of mind." -says Black Thursday shopper Tationa Elliott.
Elliott's been a part of Black Friday for seven years, she says she's a pro.
"I had a total savings on my receipt of like $722 so it's definitely worth it." -she says.
Over at Target, people standing at the back have quite a wait ahead of them, but, that doesn't bother shopping friends Lindy Wefel and Ashley Walton.
"It's only like a couple hours out of your night, and you're saving a huge amount of money." -says Wefel.
Because of these savings on electronics, clothing, toys, and more, this weekend is the only time some people will buy big.
"I'm cheap so it's the only day where I'm going to fork-out money." -says Shaffer.
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