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Black Friday shoppers out early to find the best deals

It's Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year, and despite the rain here, many in East Texas lined up to get their hands on some sale items. KLTV 7's Danielle Capper was there early early this morning before the stores opened, with the diehard shoppers.

"I got here at 3:30 am and, I'm here to get DVDs and Barbies!" said Anna Adams.

"I decided about 4:30 am, it was probably not a good idea, but by then it was too late to get out of line," laughed Cynthia Bellar.

For many, getting in line in the wee hours of the morning on Black Friday is a tradition but for others, it's a brand new experience.

"This is my first time...we got here at a quarter till four this morning," laughed Tiffany Freelen. "I'm here to get GPS, a vaccum and some videos. I've been looking and Target has a good deal."  

"We put these carts here so nobody could cut. If anybody does cut in line or does start pushing or running, we will ask you to leave," said Shannon Baker, who works at Target.

And, when they opened the doors hundreds rushed in to find what they came for.

"Yes, this is what I need," said Shelia Corson.

With GPS in hand, Shelia is like many others who say the deals combined with current economic times brought her out.

"The bargains and yes, it's going to be a little lighter this year so It was good I could get something good," said Shelia.

But it was a madhouse, from the $4 DVDs, to reaching for Guitar Hero, Target sold out of a few things within the first hour and we heard other stores did the same.

"We got up really early to get the Barbie jeep from Walmart for $88 and it was sold out. We are really sad...but we got some good stuff at Target," said Salena Morris.

"This is normally like a hundred bucks so it's about half off....my wife made me [come] and she is at What-a-burger eating," said Scott Good.

So whether they were forced or came on their own, many shoppers left with a smile on their face and a full cart.

Analysts predict shoppers will still be in the stores today, but this season might not be as bright as years past. Nationwide, 51% of people said that they plan to spend less this holiday shopping season.

That's the sharpest drop in more than two decades.

Danielle Capper, reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

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