BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Hundreds of thousands of people around the world and across the coast couldn't wait until Black Friday to catch a great deal. So they headed out as early as Wednesday night to be the first to get their hands on a bargain. Even though many took advantage of the early sales, there were plenty of deals left after Thanksgiving, because it's never too early to save an extra penny.
"Everything that's marked down!" Eugene Pinckney said. "You know, you get the 50, 60, 70 percent off and it's the best time to come shopping."
Eugene Pinckney and his wife, Darlene, were out as early as Thursday finding the best deals, and they came back early Friday morning for more.
"They told us they'd have some door busters going on at 6:00, so we decided to get up this morning and come on out and shop and do a little bit more Christmas shopping," Pinckney said.
This year Patrick Hunter wasn't a part of brown Thursday's shopping madness.
"We've done that the past two years, but we decided to give it a break this year and just come early in the morning and there's no crowds or anything. There's a lot more sales than people imagine. People think they'll come and there's not going to be anything left, but there is," Hunter said.
Hunter wasn't the only one that had that same idea.
"We felt like Thanksgiving was a special day for family and we didn't want to promote or support the store owners who decided to open, so we decided to hit it early this morning," Mary Miller said.
Whether you were out shopping early, or got a late start, mall employees say they made sure their stores were prepared for all shoppers.
"We really went over safety preparations because, you know, loss prevention is a big thing this time of year," Buckle Sales Associate Jared Milner said. "A lot of people go a little crazy around the holidays, so we just really want to make sure our team is really safe and everyone has the best shopping experience."