Black Friday shopping crowd thinned out by morning

Stores busiest overnight Thursday

SAN ANTONIO - If you wanted to be among the early bird shoppers for Black Friday, you pretty much had to show up on Thanksgiving Day.

Chantae Peters was in line at the Target in Balcones Heights around 5 p.m. on Thursday.

By the time the store opened at 9 p.m., the line was wrapped around the store.

"It was great. People were outside with chairs and portable TVs and DVDs and watching movies on their phones. People were prepared to come out here and wait for a while," he said.

He enjoyed it so much that he came back for a second helping.

"When we left and went home and went to sleep, we thought maybe we needed to get another one for my other son, so we came back," Peters said.

Other shoppers started Thursday and shopped all night, hitting as many stores as they could.

"I kind of like the spaced out time slots, because Walmart started at 8 p.m., Target started at 9 p.m., (and) some of other other stores are not starting until 5 a.m.," Rosalinda Almanza Martinez said.

She also knows others had to miss their turkey dinner to open the stores where she's shopping.

"For the employees that have to work, it's sad for them. Especially for my dad, because he works at Walmart," Martinez said.

Her family ate Thanksgiving dinner at lunch, so he could be at work at 5 p.m.

With more and more shoppers willing to hit the sales Thanksgiving Day, that might just become their new tradition.

"I didn't even know there was stuff yesterday, but now that I do, I know for next year," Ale Young said.


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