Early risers came rolling in to Academy Sports to either begin or continue Black Friday shopping.
“We’ve been shopping since yesterday at 5 p.m. we went to Walmart then came to Baton Rouge to Tanger. We came back again,” says shopper Paige Crochet.
Stores throughout the Capital City have seen shoppers since yesterday to rack up on deals. Some who’ve been Black Friday shopping for the last decade say they still enjoy the annual shopping event.
“I don’t know I like the thrill about coming. The people, the deals, going around searching for everything. That’s what I enjoy the most,” Crochet explains.
One shopper at best buy says she was able to snag an early Christmas gift.
“The TVs we have are not smart TVs. I know now that we needed to upgrade it, so we did. This will be our Christmas,” says first time Black Friday shopper Juanita Williams.
Compared to years past, there hasn’t been much of a rush of shoppers on Black Friday because of stores being open on Thursday, and while some don’t see a difference, others say it was more convenient.
“Everything was fine here. I walked straight on through the door, found what I wanted and now I’m out the door. 10 minutes only,” Williams says.
“I find it’s still busy. I don’t find it anymore clear anywhere,” says Crochet.
Whether it’s a Thursday or Friday, shoppers still come out for a deal and more are coming out to get it done early.
“I’d rather be up all night and then when I go home I’m home. I don’t have to get back out,” says Crochet.
Some of the popular Black Friday items were televisions and laptops at Best Buy, and trampolines at Academy.