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Black Friday starts early in Acadiana

Shoppers line up after Thanksgiving dinner to get the best deals.
Posted at 10:21 PM, Nov 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-28 23:38:31-05

LAFAYETTE, La. — While you may be at home watching the football game, or eating left overs, many started their Christmas shopping, on Thanksgiving.

Places like Target, JC Penny, Walmart, and Best Buy began their deals at 5 & 6 p.m.

At Target, the first shoppers in line got there at 2 p.m. for an Xbox.

Patricia Harris stood outside of Best Buy for two TVs. She says during the Thanksgiving weekend, she gets about 60% of her holiday shopping done.

"I like to get it out of the way, and I like the prices," Harris said.

She won't spend her night at one place.

"I'm going to go to JC Penny. They have the towels," Harris said. "I'm going to Walmart for the laptops; anywhere that has a sale. I'm going to get me something."

For Harris, this is a tradition she couldn't imagine not doing. For others, it's just the beginning.

Emilie Vanderford, 12, usually stays at home with her cousins, while her grandma, mom and aunt go shopping, but this year is different.

"I'm here, because I wanted to and I'm older now," Vanderford said.

She says she is out to finish shopping for her friends.

"I honestly didn't know what to expect, because I have never gone, so I didn't really know what was going on," Vanderford said.

Most stores will be closed by 10 p.m., and reopen at 6 a.m. on Friday.