Meridian, Miss. Shoppers braved the bone chilling temperatures on Thanksgiving to get an early start on their shopping.
The blast of arctic air couldn't keep people in our area from lining up outside of local stores to take advantage of the earlier than normal bargains. While not every shopper may like the earlier start to the holiday shopping season, most agree the deals are too hard to pass up.
"Well, I think it's taking away from Thanksgiving, yes," Katie Cumberland says. "But then again, these are good prices. You can't beat them."
"Yes, it made shopping a lot easier for me," Teresa Brantley says. "I have two kids at home, so it made shopping a lot easier."
The stores that opened on Thanksgiving Day ended up drawing pretty large crowds. Shoppers tell Newscenter 11 those crowds made shopping a little more difficult than normal, but say everyone was making the best of it.
"It gets crazy," Ashley Luke says. "I mean, you have your buggies left with someone else. And just hope you don't get knocked down and you know, start a fight, hopefully."
"Actually, very pleasant," Brantley adds. "And it's real crowded and everybody's bumping into each other, but everybody is very courteous. So, I was surprised."
It's only the beginning of a long weekend of shopping in our area. You can expect crowded stores and parking lots as shoppers hunt for that perfect Christmas gift.