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Black Friday Becomes Brown Thursday in the Lowcountry

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Black Friday shopping deals are beginning to cut into Thanksgiving evening at the Tanger Outlets in Bluffton. Thursday night the stores opened at 10 p.m.

Some retailers refer to the earlier start as "Brown Thursday", and say it's the customers who cause them to open their doors sooner each year.

"There were people fighting for parking spaces," says Laura Simmons of Tanger Outlets.

Lines began a couple of hours before the doors opened. Angela Odom was first in line at Toys 'R' Us.

"We've been here for about an hour," she said around 9:45 p.m. "I am looking for a farm and a bike for my son."

Many shoppers were waiting for the chance to play Santa Thursday night. Others were there as a family outing.

"We see lots of families, and a lot of mothers and daughters out shopping together," Simmons says.

She believes many will make the earlier shopping hours a Thanksgiving tradition now.

Odom says she will do just that, and even a few workers say the madness is contagious.

"It's very busy, Everyone's moving around and grabbing things, trying to be the first one," said Hunter Mason.

This year was Mason's first Black Friday working at Toys 'R' Us. Although she was scheduled for the 3 a.m. shift, she was there as the doors opened to shop.

"At first I was kind of skeptical about being out here, and having to work so early, but it's exciting, so I'm smiling, like 'yes! I'm finally here!'" she said.

As long as the shoppers come, the Tanger Outlets spokeswoman says they will stick with the 10 p.m. opening.           

"The shoppers dictate our hours for the holiday season. When we see them lining up, we know that they want to shop early," she says.

Simmons says the outlet employees are given extra hours off on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, in order to make up for the holidays hours they lose.

Angela Odom just hopes her son will be happy with the toys she hoped to purchase.

"I know he's going to be excited because he's already said 'mommy bring me a bike,'" Odom says.


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