Sunrise. The dawn of one of the busiest shopping days of the year. But Prime Outlets General Manager Pam Meinzinger says the crowds were shopping long before the sun was shining.
"GAP opened at 4:15am, and Nike and Polo at 5am. Then Tommy came along, and then at 6 o'clock, boom! Everybody opened, and the shoppers were waiting."
Tiffany and Toni Durr drove over from New Orleans at 5am to shop in Gulfport.
"New Orleans doesn't really have that much to shop for, so we came over here. Especially cause there's, like, only one shopping center, so we figured here we had a better chance of getting some stuff. We came for the deals and the outlet prices."
The bargains are also what brought Carol Pearson and Peggy Magee here all the way from Picayune at 5:30 Friday morning.
"We're waiting on a truck to come pick our stuff up. We're going to drop this in the vehicle and we're going back. We've got to go to Banana Republic, we're not through; and to the Coach Outlet."
They were already loaded down with bags, but a quick stop at the car solved that problem. Pearson packed the trunk full.
"We'll never get all this stuff home."
Then it was back to the stores.
"Go park. We've got more to buy!"
And with all the early holiday spending Friday, Meinzinger says she's expecting a busy weekend.
"I think it's going to be a phenomenal weekend. Hopefully, a record breaker."
By the way, ever wonder why the day after Thanksgiving is called "Black Friday?" Well, it comes from an accounting term - red meaning debt; black meaning profit. If retailers are in the red going into the day, they should do enough business to be in the black by the end of it.