POOLER, GA (WTOC) - Thanksgiving for many means a full plate of food and time with the family. For others, it also means a chance to get a head start on Black Friday shopping.
The Tanger Outlets in Pooler opened at 6 p.m.
"We thought we were going to have to beat the crowds but it doesn't look like we're going to have to. It's not really busy out here tonight. Not as busy as we thought it was going to be," said Ashley Washington.
Shoppers who do come here have a long list of deals to look forward to. Many stores are offering at least 50 percent off everything. Others are offering up to 80 percent off.
"I just try to find deals. It's always good to get deals besides buying stuff regular price. So that's why I'm here," said Malik Dalpesh.
The stores will stay open until Friday night at 10. Hundreds of stores are taking part in the shopping frenzy.
Thousands of shoppers are expected to be on hand. I did find one woman and her daughter who are actually here ready to shop.
"Well, I brought my daughter out here today. It's her birthday. She's 17. She's not asking for much. It's a girly day today. She's got a budget. She's got a $200 budget. When she hits that, we'll be ready to go," said Tracy Dukes.
Black Friday is such a big day for families when it comes to shopping that we saw people lined up and waiting at 5 p.m. It's almost become part of the Thanksgiving tradition.
Shoppers tell me it's a great way to get their Christmas shopping out of the way. It's also a good way to get that item that maybe you've had your eye on for a while.
"We knew it didn't open until 6 so we just sat and waited until the stores opened. Coach opened before Michael Kors. So I went in there and got 90 percent off a leather bag that I've been looking at for a while," Beverly Thomas.
"I went in and got $550 worth of stuff for $230 so pretty good. Did a lot of Christmas shopping," said Ginger Martin.
We've all seen those horror stories on Facebook of people getting trampled for that TV or purse. Fortunately, it's not that busy out here on Thursday night.
It is expected to be very busy Friday so make sure to be patient and courteous as you shop.