By Kristen Johnson, Multimedia Journalist/ Weekend Anchor - bio | email
Shoppers in Sioux City wait outside in the cold before stores open on Black Friday.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
It's that time of the year when retailers try to climb out of the red by getting you to spend your green. Shoppers line up days ahead of time in their quest to find the best deal.
Before the turkey was even in the over people lined up for those Black Friday deals.
"I kind of feel like these people are crazy," said one shopper.
Hundreds lined up as the first Sioux City stores opened their doors for the holiday season, Thursday morning.
"It's really upsetting that everyone is ruining Thanksgiving," said Valerielizbeth Villa, of South Sioux City, Nebraska. She lined up first at six p.m. Wednesday in front of Best Buy.
Target, Walmart, and other big box stores opened early, Thursday night.
"I think it's a bad idea to start the shopping early. I'm all for the 5 Am, come early and stand in line at three in the morning," Rhonda Meyers said.
While a few kept the Black Friday bargains to Friday, nearly 24 hours after the frenzy first started, shoppers were still going strong."
"We got five 40 inch tv's," said Shijan Shine.
"'I think I have five sweaters," said Daniella Nuno.
"Jordan's shoes," Payton Strubbe of Sanborn, Iowa said.
"Boots, a coat," said Samantha Morales of Ames, Iowa.
So many willing to brave cold and even snow because, "I enjoy coming out and being with these crazy people," Jason Peterson, of Sioux City said.
Right now, I'm people watching in the mall on Black Friday," Allison Kjar, of Akron, Iowa said.
"I like the savings, the savings is what gets me," said Jim Symons, of South Sioux City, Nebraska.
There are definitely deals to be had.
"It was a $200 cooking set for $100 instead," said Andrew Dreibelbis, of Dakota City, Nebraska.
"Televisions, Toshiba 400inch for $180, which is a great price. It was $200 last year. There's an XBox for $199. That's a lot cheaper than anywhere else," Villa pointed out.
But to take advantage you have to start early.
"We've been out here for about 30 hours," said Villa.
Also, have a plan.
"We went to Wal-mart on Floyd and it was very busy there but my husband and I kind of went through our own stations and figured it out. One person go one place, the other one go the other place. It always works if you are in groups too. But it's just the two of us this time," Cindy Riker said.
Because if you don't you may wind up just waiting in line.
"I'm pretty depressed right now. I don't think I'm gonna get it," said Michael Brand of Sioux City, who stood behind hundreds in a line that wrapped around the Best Buy store, wishing he'd shown up sooner.
"I wanted yoga pants but they're all out," Alexia Reyes of South Sioux City, NE added.
Because nothing beats the feeling of getting a good deal, even if it is at two o'clock in the morning.
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