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Black Friday shoppers showed up Thursday

Henrietta, N.Y. Its the time of year to deck the halls and shop.

The busiest shopping day of the season started earlier than normal for a lot of stores sending people out as the sun went down on Thanksgiving.

Starting on Nov 1st I start getting the emails of the ads that leak and then I start making my list, said Jessica Wilson, whos been shopping on Black Friday for the last 15 years.

Wilson went out on Thanksgiving this year to catch the earlier deals.

She started shopping at 4PM.

Starting at 3:30pm I was in my car on the way to Henrietta. We stopped at Michaels first then we went to Walmart where we walked around for an hour and 15-minutes and we were out of the store by 6:05pm."

"After that we waited at JcPenny because they were open then we made a pit stop at Old Navy because they were already open, said Wilson. Then we swung out to Chili to go to Target because it was less busy than the Target out here. [We] stopped home to drop stuff off grab coffee, snacks too, a quick 20 minute cat nap and then around 2:00am we came back out to wander Kohls and wait for Toys R Us to open.

One of the stores to open early this year was Macys in Marketplace Mall.

We had great crowds come through the doors, said Bill Kearns, Store Manager at Macys in the Marketplace Mall. We opened at midnight last year, this year at 8pm and we did that because our customers asked.

Two dozen of the 170 stores in Eastview mall also opened at 8pm on Thanksgiving.

And the other stores gradually open after midnight.

Some shoppers think the longer hours helped stager the crowds.

By 5:00am many stores were already open in Henrietta.

We're open for 28 hours straight, said Best Buy Sales Support Manager Jamison Caccamise.

Best Buy opened their doors at 6pm on Thanksgiving.

Caccamise said they handed out tickets to people in line for the big ticket items to keep things organized.

But not everyone took to the idea of shopping on thanksgiving - even if it meant saving money.

Black Friday is fun to go shopping but in reality it's more important to spend time with your family on thanksgiving than anything else, said Amber Freeman, who decided to only shop on Black Friday even if that meant missing deals.

The National Retail Federation estimates that 140-million people will shop from Thursday through Sunday.

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Washington Times