Frenzied Shoppers, Flooding Stores

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Hot deals don’t wait for the sun to rise.

That’s why early bird buyers arrived at Honey Creek Mall to line up with the skies still dark.

Hundreds of shoppers waited for stores to open and when they did, the floods rushed in. 

WalletHub reports that shoppers may not spend as much money this year though.

33% of people plan to spend more than $500 on holiday shopping, which is down from 37% last year.

While the statistics may be down, stores in Terre Haute are still dealing with the Black Friday bustle.

“[There’s] been a lot of really good deals this year,” says Ashley Stevens. “Lots of nice people, kind people. It’s not as crazy as everybody said it was going to be.” 

“We’ve enjoyed it,” says Patty Acord. “It’s just like I said, it’s tradition. We really enjoy our time together, Ashley and I.” 

For some it’s an annual pilgrimage. 

“It brings us closer together and we have a good time,” says Christina Eitelberg. “Girl time. We get to go shopping and look at all the good deals.” 

For some, it’s a time to rest and chat with new friends, while their counterparts are out sifting through stores. 

Shoppers are looking for anything and everything they can find to brighten their holiday spirits, which some say takes a little pre-planning. 

“They schedule for it,” says Aziz Alanazi. “If they like know what they want?  It’s gonna be [fine.] They need to know what they need.” 

Through the crowds of frenzied shoppers with bags on top of bags, workers hard at work,  according to the NRF, shoppers in the US will still spend $5 in stores for every $1 they will spend online this holiday season.

It’s safe to say that Black Friday has lost some of its luster from previous years, but 76% of shoppers say that they plan to support Small Business Saturday.

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