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Shoppers flood stores on Thanksgiving and are out again on Black Friday

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The biggest shopping day of the year is in full swing.

Retailers got a jump start on holiday sales with some opening on Thanksgiving which meant Friday morning was a little less hectic.

Kohls opened at midnight and by 6 a.m. had shorter lines and a sense of calm.  Managers say about a thousand waited outside for the initial opening but deal buster sales here last until 1 a.m. so later arrivals say they're getting great buys without the hustle and bustle.

Some of these shoppers also hit stores the night before.

For some shoppers Black Friday began at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day or even earlier to get in line at stores like Toys R Us.  Some went directly from their Thanksgiving meals or didn't eat at all to shop for bargains.  Early birds here were even gift a bag of free toys.

While sacrificing turkey day with the family seems crazy to some, people we spoke to say the savings and deals are worth the madness.

"I go through all of the ads and I write everything down," says Black Thursday shopper Nicole Shelly.  "We have a lot of children in our family so this is always our first stop and it's always the one we're able to do the best at."

"When it hits midnight and we're still shopping, then we're going home and going to bed," says Kelly Brown, another Black Thursday shopper.  "Once we do it, we do one night thing - all the Christmas shopping in one night and then we are done."

Some shoppers are making a weekend of it, and after getting a few hours of sleep Thursday night are back at it today.

And of course some shoppers are making a single stop by going to area mall's, where they can hit all of the stores in a single visit.

"There's just so many more places we can go - we can buy presents for everyone at the mall as opposed to just going to Walmart and just getting toys for, you know, the kids we're related to or whatever else," says Amanda Girdler, a Northpark Mall shopper.  "So there's a lot more options here and more space so it doesn't feel as crowded even though there's way more people here."

"The mall, you've got a big open area to walk through, if you get congested in the store you can always come outside the mall, you know to the area and just kind of chill," says Whitney Hively, a shopper at Northpark Mall.

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