Bargain shoppers, braving rain or frigid weather, crowded the nation's stores and malls in the wee hours of the night to get their hands on deals from TVs to toys on Black Friday.
In a bid to grab shoppers earlier on the traditional start to the holiday shopping season, a number of stores including Old Navy, Toys R Us and Sears opened on Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday. Toys R Us was counting on getting an extra boost by opening 24 hours straight, starting at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Patricia Lopez, 32, a receptionist from Queens, N.Y., was in line at Toys R Us in New York's Times Square Thursday night. The earlier hours were an enticement.
"I thought, good, we'll come here and I won't have to go tomorrow." But she still planned to get up at 6 to hit more sales. Lopez said she feels better about her finances.
"The economy got people a little scared so they started to save," she said. "I think I feel a little better this year than last year. I had just started with my job but now I'm more advanced. I feel a little better now."