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Black Friday shopping continues into the weekend

Reported by: Tyler Hill
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Updated: 12/01/2013 7:43 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The busiest shopping day of the year may be over, but that's not stopping some from making it into a weekend event.

For some retailers, this year's Black Friday marked "record breaking" sales.

Each year, it gets a little earlier.

"I love shopping," said shopper Linda McGrath. Black Friday 2013 technically started as "Gray Thursday."

"Get your list early and come shopping," McGrath said.

But even after the clock strikes midnight Saturday morning, some continue their shopping spree. "I always like to go the next day because there's always something I didn't grab," McGrath said.

She has seven grandchildren, hence her enthusiasm for shopping. "We have lots of presents under the tree every year," she said.

She said she likes to make her Black Friday into a three-day shopping weekend.

"You gotta continue, and we'll probably do a little shopping tomorrow too, which is Sunday."

And she's not done until, "Probably Christmas Eve because sometimes they'll change or you're with a grand child and they want something else."

Katie Beth Walton, on the other hand, has a different philosophy on shopping.

"I'm not one that's gonna push my way through," Walton said. "I like to go when the crowd has kind of died down."

Instead, she prefers shopping towards to end of Black Friday and follow it up the next day.

"I would definitely think it's less chaotic, less people shopping and pushing their way through to get specific things, but there's always still sales going on also," she said.

Unlike McGrath, Walton said she likes to wrap her presents well before Christmas Day.

"I get a little stressed out," she joked. "I like to do things before hand and kinda get it out of the way before it gets too close."

After a day of eating turkey and two days of shopping, Walton said it's time for a break.

"Today may be the end," she said. "I'll be a little tired by tomorrow, but after yesterday and today, I may need to rest on Sunday."

Data released Saturday suggests that Thanksgiving Day is eating into Black Friday shopping.

The retail research firm ShopperTrak said customers spent $9.74 billion at stores on Black Friday.

That's a 13.2 percent drop from 2012, however, combined spending over the two days rose 2.3 percent.
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