POSTED: Friday, November 23, 2012 - 11:14pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 23, 2012 - 11:19pm
Baton Rouge, LA (NBC33) — Before most turkeys had been put in the oven, some Baton Rouge shoppers got in line for Black Friday.
"I've been waiting here since (Wednesday), since 10," said Armando Alvarez, who was near the front of the line outside Best Buy.
Many others chose to hold off until they had finished their Thanksgiving meals before they left for the stores.
"We have been out here since 4:30 p.m." said Jessica Weaver, who stood outside Toys R Us.
Holly Dominay, Waiting in line at Toys R Us "Since daytime!"
Most shoppers said they came with specific plans for the items they wanted to purchase.
"Baby Alive stuff for the Baby Alive dolls and a double pack of Lalaloopsies, if they have them," said Holly Dominay. The five-year-old was worried the store might run out of merchandise, even though her family was near the front of the line.
Most stores stayed closed Thursday until their sales began.
Wal*Mart was an exception. Some of its stores stayed open all day long, though some of its merchandise was cordoned off. People had to wait to get the deals, some of which were staggered throughout the night, but the store thought it would keep crowds smaller than usual.
Shoppers at other places were not sure how chaotic it would be when their doors finally swung open.
"I think it's going to be crazy, a lot of lines, you know," Alvarez said. "A lot of people trying to get in, trying to buy TVs."
"Everyone's not going to go in at the same time," Dominay said. "Just 50 people at one time."
But until the magic hour when Thanksgiving blended into Black Friday, those die-hard shoppers had to pass the time. Once again, they said they had a plan to make it as easy as possible.
"We just brought a chair and some food and a laptop," Alvarez said. "And we played cards all day, that's all we did."
Standing outside for several hours was "not tough at all," according to Weaver. "We've made some new friends, we've had a good time. Enjoyed it. Just a little cold, and we're ready to get it over with."
Even though many retailers offered free shipping for Black Friday purchases made online, the thousands of shoppers who flocked to stores Thursday found the experience worth the wait.