Holiday Shopping Season Starts in Region 8

November 26, 2004 – Posted at 10:37 a.m. CST

JONESBORO -- 'Tis the season to be shopping! Region 8 shoppers were up and at 'em Friday morning. The doors opened and the bargain hunting began on what most retailers say is the busiest shopping day of the year. The lines were long and it sure was cold, but it didn't stop shoppers from lining up.

"We got here at 2 o'clock this morning," laughed shopper Jamie Henderson, "but I'm starting to wonder why!"

Shoppers had staked their territory early on "Black Friday," just waiting for the bargains.

Shopper Karen Erby said, "I think it's the thrill of the hunt. It's just tradition I guess, just a part of the hustle and bustle of Christmas time."

The serious shoppers were here before the crack of dawn, and while some said they weren't exactly sure what they were looking for, many had a serious strategy. It's always good to bring accessories…

"I'm just out here to carry the bag," laughed Paul Seferf, one of the few males present.

But others were just along for the ride.

"My step-mom really wants to get to Kay-Bee toys," said Kaitlyn Wyatt as she sat bundled in blankets, waiting for the store to open.

And the hot items even Santa may have trouble finding?  Well, they didn't last long.

"The Game Boy Advanced SP, it's about $40 cheaper this morning than it normally is," said Tanya Lowery, "also board games, an elephone for my little girl."

"The Game Boy Advanced SP games and some tapes and a dancing Dora doll and some little things for my girls," said Melinda Bowers.

Things that go perfect under the tree! If you weren't brave enough to face the rush Friday morning, that's okay, Indian Mall is open until 9:00 o'clock.