The doors at Colony Square Mall have been open since 8 o’clock on Thanksgiving, but for most shoppers, they saved their spending for Black Friday. For Candace Cormack, it was her first time braving the crowds on Black Friday.
"I wanted to see what it was like, get in with the crowds and see the sales," said Cormack.
Cormack says her first Black Friday was a fun experience and says she found some pretty good deals. But for Karisa Young, who’s made shopping on Black Friday a tradition since she was 16-years-old, she says the sales were average.
"I think it’s just the hype of Black Friday, you gotta go out and get all your shopping done," Young explained. "But I really think you probably only end up saving $10 to $20 bucks"
Former Ohio State football player James Cotton set up his Buck-Icon Foundation Shop at 3 a.m. Friday morning. With OSU playing Michigan State on Saturday, Cotton says OSU gear is in high demand.
"We’ve got Beat Michigan t-shirts that’s been very popular, just Ohio State in general," said Cotton. "They’re undefeated right now so the buzz is in the air so everybody’s excited to get anything Ohio State."
Pushing, shoving and cutting in line usually come along with shopping on Black Friday. Cotton has already done some Christmas shopping online, but says he plans on waiting in line for a new TV.
"I don’t think they want to do that but I’m willing to be patient and good things come to those who wait," Cotton said about the usual shoving that comes while waiting in line.
One shopper says when it comes to electronics, people start getting territorial.
"She was camping out to get an Ipad Mini and she had her space protected and she wanted to be first in line so it was kind of a little ridiculous," Young said about shopping on Black Friday.
For many Americans, shopping started a day early. But others think Thanksgiving should be solely about family.
"I think they’re just interrupting Thanksgiving because Walmart started at 6 o’clock. So I mean if you’re going to eat Thanksgiving dinner it’s kind of ruined because you’re worried about going and getting something that you might miss," said Young.
Jim and Heather Shepherd said, "Thanksgivings all about food, football, friends and family. Yep, I’m not up for shopping on Thanksgiving."
Some believe opening on Thanksgiving is another opportunity to spend time with family, while saving some cash.
"You get them out shopping and it’s a great bonding experience and you get to tell stories and you know it’s the holiday season," said Cotton. "So everybody should be in a cheerful spirit."