POSTED: Friday, November 29, 2013 - 3:25pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 2, 2013 - 8:58am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — With the moon still out, parking lot full, and cards ready to be swiped, Black Friday was officially in motion during the wee hours of the morning at Sunrise Mall in Brownsville.
Throngs of shoppers flooded inside to get the best deals they could find.
"A lot of people have come up to me asking what the best deal is, a lot of people looking around for prices," said mall employee Michelle Fournier.
"There were amazing prices today," said Black Friday shopper Kendra Benitez.
And because Thanksgiving started about a week later this year versus last year, some stores opened on Thanksgiving to cater to both Black Friday shoppers and retailers who were eager to begin buying and selling a little earlier, which might explain why the rush wasn't as big this year.
"it wasn't actually that full, like no. I was expecting it be fuller," said Fournier.
"I was surprised," said Benitez. "There was not that many people. I thought it was gonna be packed."
But while some people still love the thrill of participating in the craziest shopping night of the year...
"I just love Black Friday, I always go shopping every Friday," said Fournier." I just hope I make a lot of money and everybody does really well."
...others weren't so enthusiastic about the chaotic holiday.
"I am here because of actually my friend is working on Black Friday, so he's about to get out and that's why I'm here," said Agu Powalski, a friend of a Sunrise Mall employee.
"Supposedly, the prices are better today," said Black Friday shopper Brian Caraveo. "I just noticed that they were actually the same pretty much, so knock off a couple dollars and I could've stayed home and slept in."
But whether you love it or hate it, you can expect most of the same shopping crowd to participate next year:
"I would definitely do it again," said Benitez. "Every year actually."
Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.