Shoppers start holiday shopping before Thanksgiving meal
The earliest shoppers began forming the line at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, to be first inside Kmart for door buster deals.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Black Friday is often the greatest and most taxing day at the retail level. In the battle to be first, some stores rolled out some doorbuster deals before many families had the chance to sit down for the Thanksgiving meal.
The line for those early deals began forming late Wednesday.
"We didn't even sleep. I didn't sleep at all. We've just been standing out here," said Lawryn Torrez of Sioux City.
Lured by dynamite deals on everything from flat-screen televisions to air hockey tables, customers at Kmart braced for the buying battle.
"I'm glad I'm in the front because a lot of people are going to be fighting, you know," said Torrez.
Inside, employees had been working through the night to ready the store. That had shoppers stoked. Customers say the line really began growing around 4:30 a.m.
"And then people started getting crazy, budging, everything," said Katie Dailey of Sioux City.
The earliest birds got vouchers.
"They were giving out piece of paper for TVs and tablets. And they hold had, like, 12 TVs and 18 tablets, or something like that," said Carol Ford of North Sioux City, S.D.
Once the doors opened at 6 a.m., shoppers flooded in from every direction.
"Well, it was crazy in there (with) the people. I couldn't even get a cart through the aisles, there were so many people," said Rick Pottjen of Sioux City.
"I kind of feel like these people are crazy. It's Thanksgiving," said Kelsey Gries of Sioux City.
Some were able to walk away with exactly what they wanted, while others left empty-handed. Still others walked away with some nice consolation prizes.
"One thing on a list of 20," said Sally Paskell of Sioux City.
With all registers opened, and every employee hard at work, the lines moved with relative ease in and out the door.
"I feel like I need to get my competitive edge up. Maybe I need to camp out more," said Gries.
With more deals coming later in the day, some shoppers say they'll be back again.
Some of Kmart's employees reported for work at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Many of them said they'll be working 15 hour shifts or longer.
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