OKEMOS, MI (WLNS) – Well by now your Thanksgiving leftovers are probably stashed away in the fridge, but lots of people are turning away a second helping, for a first shot at some of the biggest shopping deals of the year.
While eager shoppers wait in line for their Thanksgiving deals and steals. Store owners say this day is about more than just sales.
Black Friday shoppers, sacrifice their Thanksgiving night for door-buster deals.
“Our sons are in line at Target. We are going to Target next, then we are hitting Walmart, Meijer, Yonkers…” Keli Koonter said after checking out at Best Buy.
The first group in line at Best Buy in Okemos is Sierra Luther, and Carsyn Velasquez. “We’ve been here since yesterday at 9 am” Sierra Luther said.
They waited for more than 32 hours all for a few extra bucks.
“I was just going to be a place holder, and make money like that.” Carsyn Velasquez said as the first shopper in line.
“Yeah ’cause um, the original person wanted us to get it, three TV’s, three, three computers, and three kindles. So, and we’re making hopefully around 100 bucks for this” Sierra Luther said while standing next to her friend Velasquez in line.
And it’s not just shoppers who leave with extra cash in their hand. Meridian Mall General Manger Larry Parsons said Black Friday is good for business too.
“The average adult will spend an increase, of about $702 this year compared to $667 last year.” Parsons said.
“It’s going to be an exciting weekend because there’s going to be a lot of people here” Justo Hernandez, owner of Trendy Jewelry, said.
While Hernandez enjoys the business, shoppers like Gabrielle Gubanche enjoys deals.
“This is the sweatshirt, its cute, its pink” she said, as she shows her purchases from Victoria Secret.
A lot more goes into Black Friday than just sales, business owners, and shoppers all benefit from the day.