Budget-conscious shoppers seek Black Friday head start
Hoosiers are taking area stores by storm this morning, and many retailers opened early to welcome them. Shoppers are already inside area Targets, Meijers and Best Buys most of the night. Also open in the wee hours of Black Friday - Kohl's, Macy's, Old Navy, Sears, Wal-Mart, and Toys R Us.
Black Friday shopping started on Thursday for thousands of shoppers. The Toys R Us in Castleton opened its doors at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night.
Black Friday openings at stores have crept up earlier and earlier each year.
For Christy, who brought her family down from Anderson to shop on Thanksgiving night, the early start meant less crowds. "We started at 9 p.m. and we haven't stopped," she told Eyewitness News shortly after 5:30 a.m. Friday.
Other than an hour spent waiting in line at Target, Christy said this morning's crowds were the best she's seen in four or five years of Black Friday shopping. "I think it helped - starting early," she said.
With people still worried about high unemployment and the looming fiscal cliff, the deals shoppers could get by coming out early were enough reason to put down the pumpkin pie and get in line.
Christy said she saved "double or triple" what she and her friends actually spent at Toys R Us.
Earlier in the evening, "Turkey's done. Now what? Now it's time to get in line and wait to get my grandbaby's Dora Explorer," said Troi Miles outside the Toys R Us in Castleton, while waiting to get inside.
"We got in line at 4 o'clock and we've been here since," added Jennifer Badger.
"We were here at 5:30," said Arthur Davis.
Hundreds of others joined them lining up, hoping to be some of the first shoppers through the doors when they opened at eight Thursday evening.
"What happened to Black Friday? What happened to that?" asked Miles. She answered her own question a moment later.
"So now we in here on Thursday," Miles added.
"I don't particularly care for it. I'd rather be spending more time with my family. But when you're on a budget, you do what you gotta do," said Brandi Delp about Black Friday store openings creeping up earlier and earlier each year.
With people still worried about high unemployment and the looming "fiscal cliff", the deals shoppers could get by coming out early were enough reason to put down the pumpkin pie and get in line.
"We have three kids, so we have to make our money spread out as far as we can so they can have the Christmas that we want them to have," said Katie Reed.
That kind of Christmas will be different for everyone.
"Legos. Legos. Legos," said mom Jennifer Beadles of the toys her sons want.
"For my house it's the Ninja Go and the Skylander," added Delp.
"Hot Wheels, Mostly Avengers, Iron Man. All the boy stuff," said Reed.
No matter what the toys were they were looking for though, parents were happy they came out early to get them and more and more retailers were only too happy to oblige them.