Thousands Show Up For Black Friday At Mall Of America

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"I think it's a pretty good crowd", Hoover said.

Some say Thanksgiving deserves it's day, cautioning others to enjoy the holiday before putting the tree up and jumping into Christmas.

Post Oak Mall gave out its grand prize - a $500 gift card for a shopper and a friend - around midafternoon on Friday.

Early Black Friday shopping and the morning of Black Friday were both successful.

You're leftovers are probably already in the fridge but big box stores across the country are just heating up some of their best deals of the year for Black Friday.

Although Best Buy opened at midnight, most of the stores at the Maine Mall waited until 6 a.m.to open their doors.

"I'm here for the deals", Calabrese said.

An early and different start for Black Friday
An early and different start for Black Friday

"It's like the new trend item these days because everyone has a crock pot and a grill", she said. "I need to shop more", she added.

George Okonji, a New York City native was in area visiting his girlfriend when he stopped by the Chautauqua Mall to utilize the holiday sales.

Then there's the cultural draw of Black Friday. She said that she goes out on Black Friday every year, but came to the conclusion that going out 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. wasn't worth the trouble.

According to History.com, the current Black Friday more accurately originated in the 1950s in Philadelphia, PA on the day after Thanksgiving. They said the best deals they found were at Toys R Us and Walmart, where they purchased Nerf guns. The mall's busiest hours on Thanksgiving were between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Erica Leary, of Columbus Grove, has been Black Friday shopping for six years now. She also told me shoppers seemed a little bit happier Thanksgiving night, compared to shoppers on Black Friday. The Amtrak Downeaster offered special fares for trains that arrived in Freeport on Thursday night and early Friday morning.

"I don't think it's dying. I saved $300", Vicki Lindley said. "We haven't seen too much other than people yelling and screaming".

The federation said they would release the weekend's shopping results on November 28, the day after Cyber Monday.

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