MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - It's prep time for stores and spending time for customers with sales signs inviting people into the stores at the mall a few days before the Black Friday sales day blowout.
Thanksgiving is a holiday of reflection of thanks and of food, but the day after, many will rush out with greed. To the stores, the mall, and shops around town, hoping to buy something that's been marked down.
"We've been slam packed. With all of our sales going on, people have been taking advantage before Black Friday because Black Friday doesn't guarantee the same sales going on now are going to be that day," said Lynette Hunt of Hot Topic.
Hunt said her store is gearing up for the big day. It's the first time they'll be opening at midnight and they're expecting big crowds. She said Hot Topic is hiring more staff and training them for the long shift.
It used to be early when you would wake, just an hour of sleep after turkey and cake. This year, though you may see something new, a line forming outside by Thursday afternoon. People will wait with anxious hearts. With their hands on their wallets, itching to start.
This preceding weekend, in the hopes of avoiding the rush, some were getting their holiday shopping done early.
"I'm looking for gifts trying to get it out of the way because I don't like coming when its really crowded," said Theopolis Jordan, Jr. "The sales have been going on for a couple of weeks so there's going to be sales, it shouldn't be a problem."
Some stores will be open by eight on Thanksgiving Day, it's earlier yes, so I hope you got paid! Consumers will spend checks on gifts, boxes and toys, with hopes they will bring some Christmas morning joy.
Some stood in line at Champs Sports Store Sunday waiting for a ticket that will reserve the new Retro 4 Jordan shoes.
"My ticket is going to reserve it until 6 that (Friday) evening so I won't have to come out here in the traffic. All I have to do is come into the store, hand them my ticket and go about my business," said Shacovi King.
She was one of the first in line on Sunday but said she's coming to the mall Friday night after the rush has calmed down.
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