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Local shoppers hit the mall overnight for "Black Friday" deals

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)- The holiday shopping season is officially underway. Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. But this year some retailers opened Thursday night which led to a long night for bargain hunters.

Patty Berry and her granddaughter Zoee shopped, and shopped, until they literally couldn't stand. Shopping on Black Friday is a Berry family tradition. But this year, that tradition started much earlier. The Berry's, Like thousands of other holiday deal seekers, walked away from the dinner table and into area stores on Thanksgiving night.

Valley View general manager Jeff Odom described the scene as crazy. He opened the mall doors at midnight  and says roughly 200 shoppers were waiting to get inside Victoria's Secret alone. "Their line maintained for about 2 hours. One line trying to get in, and one line out the door probably 20 feet down the mall of people trying to get sales wrung up."

Bath and Body Works, Sears, and Macy's also drew large crowds. Macy's store manager Betsy Holy says she understands why so many people rush to the store. "They want to come and see the great deals we have going on."

A steady stream of customers also blew through Gloria Jean's. That's where we found the Berry family resting and re-fueling on caffeine. The youngest Berry family shopper says it best; snatching up holidays deals, on the busiest and now longest shopping day of the year is "tiring"

If you didn't shop on Black Friday retail experts say you can still find good deals. In fact; becentsable.net says the you won't find the best prices on toys until two weeks before Christmas. Or; if you want to bypass the mall and retail stores all together you can shop on-line. The best day to do that it this coming Monday. That's when on-line retailers offer their best deals on what's now known as Cyber Monday.

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