Before or after turkey, shoppers chase Thanksgiving deals

Before or after turkey, shoppers chase Thanksgiving deals

The line of people outside of Academy wrapped around the building as eager shoppers waited to bust through the doors at 5 a.m.

Customers poured through the mall Friday morning and afternoon, hunting for the best deals on what's often deemed as the start of the holiday shopping season.

"I actually never went to sleep", Bohannon said.

For shoppers like Joelle Bass and Donna Cohoon, they say diving in to the Black Friday madness is an experience they look forward to every year.

After being closed on Turkey Day for the second year in a row, the Mall of America is open again for thousands of shoppers on Friday morning.

The mall didn't open until 8 p.m. Thursday, but anchor stores like Best Buy opened a bit earlier.

"We thought we'd come and see what the hype is all about and see if there are any good deals", Marli Eyestone said.

As the hour grew later, more shops joined the fun, welcoming people worn out from watching the Los Angeles Chargers manhandle the Dallas Cowboys, "The Godfather" marathon on AMC, or the roll of dice during family game time following the post-feast napathon.

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The origin of Black Friday is shrouded in rumor and myth.

"I love it, I love to shop, it's my hobby, it's fun", said one woman shopping.

She was scheduled to work a shift at The Gap at 9 p.m. but made a quick trip to Old Navy, drawn by half-off sales and the promise of "cheap clothes".

According to, the current Black Friday more accurately originated in the 1950s in Philadelphia, PA on the day after Thanksgiving.

In 2016, Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday all set records for online sales. Marketing Director, Molly Mitchell, says they keep the deals to Black Friday in order to let families and employees spend time together on Thanksgiving.

Others just came to see what the shopping holiday is all about.

"I don't think it's dying". In comparison, about 71 million shoppers are expected to be out on Saturday, with most specifically aiming to support Small Business Saturday.