While many shoppers hit the mall Thursday night for after-Thanksgiving sales, some stores waited to open the doors until Friday morning.
Shoppers braved single digit temperatures overnight. Danielle Major says, “With my blanket. I have a jacket and this jacket too, and some hand warmers you can’t see because they’re in my gloves.”
She lined up outside the new Mills Fleet Farm in Ankeny around midnight. She says, “I’m here to get a stuffed cow. I’m like, they’re free, so I thought it would be fun to get.”
Doors at Mills Fleet Farm opened at 6 a.m. Major got her free stuffed cow and a chance to walk around the store that opened in July.
Laura Vasey waited in line for a deep fat fryer and discounted chairs. For her, Black Friday is a family tradition. She says, “I don’t like it that it starts on Thursday night because it kind of wrecks the holiday for family, but other than that it’s great. We love it. We do it every year.”
Mills Fleet Farm was one of the last stops for Traci Schwarz’s marathon shopping trip. She says, “We’ve got about 2 or 3 more stops. We’ve been going since about 13 hours.”
Schwarz says she saved about $500 on her overnight mission. She checked out about a dozen stores. And, she’s thankful she was able to start on Thanksgiving. She says, “I think it’s awesome because we get a head start on it, and I’m pretty much done in 24 hours, and you save a lot of money.”
People also lined up outside Lowes, Home Depot, and Menards for early morning Black Friday savings.