LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Many stores in the News 18 viewing area opened Thursday for all the Black Friday deals. The shoppers we talked to say giving up their holiday was worth it.
"I come every year, for the past four or five years," said Matias Jasche.
"It has been a tradition for me for three years," said Blake Clay.
These shoppers were just a few of many who spent their Thanksgiving afternoon in line for the best Black Friday deals.
While the line outside the Lafayette Best Buy may have seemed long to some, others had different opinions.
"Compared to like, like Indianapolis, it's smaller crowds, easier to get in and out, more organized, so just come here," said Jasche.
Many people said the weather even cooperated this year.
"This is the warmest Black Friday I've ever had. I mean,if anyone's doing Black Friday shopping today, congrats! It's amazing. You don't have to wait in freezing cold weather," said Clay.
At 5:00 Thursday evening, the door opened and the crowds were off.
Inside the Tippecanoe Mall, the lines were quickly growing.
"I'm just in line for a PS4." said Jessica Cox.
Around 6:00, the line for Game Stop was long. Game consoles were hot ticket items.
"We started at Kohl's at 4:30 and we missed out there.Then we ran to Toys "R" Us and we missed out there, so now we're in line here," said Cox.
Mall officials said Black Friday shopping is tradition for many, even on Thanksgiving Day.
"We see families of all different shapes and sizes and come out and spend the day with us on Thanksgiving and on Black Friday and it's all about being together," said Danielle Parker, Director of Marketing and Business Development.
Many of the shoppers News 18 talked to agreed.
"It's always time to make new traditions and Best Buy on Thanksgiving Day has been a tradition for me for three years. So, I guess I gave up one tradition for another tradition," said Clay.
The Black Friday deals will continue Friday.