Shopping Madness

Let the shopping begin, the after Thanksgiving holiday sales are underway. The National Retail Federation predicts 130-million shoppers will hit stores on what's commonly called "Black Friday." East Texans were no exception, crawling out of bed early Friday morning to catch those great deals.

The line at Target in Tyler stretched all the way to Broadway. Shopper, Linne Cook was at the front of the line and has been waiting since 2:00 AM and says she wouldn't miss the experience. Cook says, "I do this every year, well for the last three to four years, you get to meet a lot of neat people."

Shoppers stood in the long line for hours, however they said the great deals are worth the wait. Diane Jackson, Holiday Shopper, says, "I'm getting my mother a DVD player for Christmas and that's what she has been really bugging me for, so I decided to get up early and make that special trip for her."

Once the doors opened, the shopping madness began. Bob Nierste, shopper said, "It's pretty wild, I didn't anticipate this kind of crowd. This is my first time for the Friday after Thanksgiving shopping, I don't know if I'll do this again. Some shoppers are shopping in teams, so they can find everything they need in record time.

Shoppers say it's not only the great deals that drive them to get up so early but it's the thrill of the hunt, finding the items they want on sale. Shopper, Erin Ortiz says, "The rush itself is worth it, just seeing what you can get when everyone else wants it too. I got everything I wanted and I've been to three stores already and it's only 6:15 AM. Some shoppers say they will get all of their Christmas shopping done today.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.