Traditionally, the Thanksgiving weekend is the busiest shopping time of the year, with the three-day weekend officially starting the holiday rush.
The sales began early Friday, and continued all weekend as thousands of people crammed into malls and stores with shopping lists in hand. Locally, shoppers report that things are a bit crowded, but overall, the weekend was not as stressful as they thought it would be.
Tim Wade, visiting Tyler from Dallas, said, "It hasn't been too bad today. Friday, it was bad. It took a long time to park on Friday."
Laura Ballard of Athens said her experience was pretty pleasant this year. "We've found everything, and we've had a good time. Everybody's been nice, we haven't had to wait in line to checkout."
"I'm not a big shopper," she admits, "But I've enjoyed it this year."
Nationally, sales are up four percent at discount stores like Target, and also up two percent at malls and department stores. They account some of their success on 'early-bird' sales on big items like televisions and DVD players.
And it feels like you're more rushed this year than last...well, you are. Because the holiday came late, there are six fewer days from Thanksgiving to Christmas this year.