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Shoppers Get An Early Start On Holiday Deals

The day after Thanksgiving sales were plentiful, and so were the holiday shoppers who were happy to have some new options for early buying.

Night owl Tammy Garner of Gulfport said she was excited when she hear Prime Outlets was opening at midnight. And she's not alone. Hundreds of people turned out early for the savings. In fact, many came before the stores were even ready, forcing them to open early.

"We had people at the door at 10 o'clock, so at 10:20 I opened my doors and it's been like this ever since," store manager Sandra Barnett said of the heavy crowds.

"This is crazy. This is absolutely nuts," shopper Lisa Toranto Merten of Biloxi said. "I have a one-year-old, or I would not be here if I did not have to do shopping for her."

"Well, it's kind of hectic. Worse than Wal-Mart I think, very much so," shopper Beverly Holliman of Saucier said.

It didn't take long for the lines to form, and in many cases, wrap around the entire store. But those waiting didn't seem to mind.

"I didn't think there was going to be this many people you know, but whatever. It's worth it. Everything is 50 percent off," Shopper Tammy Garner said.

The line to get to the stores was long too.

"Traffic is lined up for like miles on the interstate... Like for miles," Merten said.

"It took us about 20 minutes to get through the red light. Not enough to deter you from shopping though? No, no, just have a little fun," Holliman said.

by Meggan Gray

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