Posted at: 11/23/2012 6:55 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Shoppers across our area hit the stores for Black Friday. Many people standing in line getting ready to shop for what some say is the biggest shopping day of the year.
On just a few hours of sleep, Ashwini Walimbe made stops at several stores.
“I've been to Walmart, I've been to Best Buy, we've been to the malls and I think I'm going to go back to the mall,” she said.
For ten years she’s been waking up early to shop Black Friday, “Deals, mostly deals,” she added. However, her 13-year-old daughter is a first timer.
“The way she said I thought it was gonna be a lot of rush, like hold my hand it's gonna be okay,” she said.
“There's not a lot of crowds today, so that's something different from last year,” added Walimbe.
That’s because while one of her last stops, Menards, opened at 5 a.m. Friday, several other stores opened at midnight. Some like Walmart and Target opening even earlier at 8 and 9 p.m. Thanksgiving night. Something not all shoppers supported.
"These guys shouldn't have to work on a day they're supposed to be home with their families,” said Corey wood.
Corey and Shaun Wood avoided the waiting in line completely, not going to Target until Friday afternoon, long after the rush was over.
"It shouldn't be all the struggle and the rush trying to get through all the people,” said Shaun Wood.
Despite the earlier starts, the National Retail Federation estimated 147 million shoppers would take advantage of Friday. Last year was a record breaking year for Black Friday sales. Shoppers spent 52.4 billion dollars.