ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Thursday was Thanksgiving Day, but some people were already heading out for a few early deals before one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Some hardcore shoppers say the deals this year were too good to keep them at the dinner table.
"I think we should give thanks for those stores who opened early to accommodate our shopping needs," said Helen McComas, Thanksgiving Day Shopper.
Big Lots was open on Thanksgiving Day and so was K-Mart, Valerie Davis was there for the deals.
"I'm just trying to get it out of the way," said Davis.
Making sure some of the gifts she's buying this year, are under the tree a bit early.
"They have some pretty good stuff though, especially that phone for $9.99," said Davis.
And with retailers offering sales on a lot of their merchandise shoppers like Helen are trying to find them.
"I absolutely am hoping to find some good deals we have a grand daughter, who's going to be up in the area for the holidays, and we're going to try and find some things for her Santa Claus wish list," said McComas.
A great deal of shoppers in Albany had the same idea.
"A lot of stores have those on sale and you always read limited quantity, and I'm a firm believer if they're limiting the quantity I need to be the one with one of those items," said McComas.
Although many are shopping early because they want to, other say it's the only day they could get in on the savings, because on Black Friday they have to work.
The term Black Friday originally referred to the heavy traffic on the day after Thanksgiving.
More recently, merchants and the media have used it instead to refer to the beginning of the period in which budgets of many retailers jump from the red into the black, turning a profit.