Black Friday shoppers were hungry for bargains at Lewiston Mall

Black Friday shoppers were hungry for bargains at Lewiston Mall »Play Video
Stores reported heavy shopping volume Thanksgiving night.
LEWISTON, ID - The official start of the holiday shopping season is in full swing in Lewiston too!

However as Reporter Sophia Miraglio tells us, Black Friday is no longer the day that kicks off the shopping spree. Shoppers were already in line Thanksgiving night.

Shoppers we're hungry for a bargain on Thanksgiving night as they put the leftovers away and broke out their running shoes, for one of the busiest shopping frenzies the Lewiston Mall has ever seen.

"Last year I tried to go but we got here at 6:00 a.m. and we're already way to late," said Chelsey Thomason. "So tonight we came a day early today."

"The mall's a good place to start because they usually get picked over the fastest," said Sara Wassmuth.

"I have friends to look for and family but most the time I have it done," said Leah Uptmor. "So it's just enjoying the atmosphere and seeing what trouble we can get ourselves into."

Thousands of valley residents packed the mall at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, as retailers ran deals throughout the night.

"I was crawling underneath tables just trying to find a pair of boots," said Leah Uptmor.

"We got boots for $20 or $30 dollars," said Sydney Parks. "Ya! They're like half off."

Stores reported heavy shopping volume even at that midnight hour.

"It's a really good time to do a lot of Christmas shopping because the deals are really good," said Sara Wassmuth. "And so it's kind of worth fighting the crowds for."

It's estimated that over 100 million people will shop during the four-day holiday weekend. Those who battled the crowds Thursday night share with KLEW News some shopping tips.

"Doorbusters be careful definitely," said Leah Uptmor. "It was a little intimidating."

"Get here early and make sure you're like kind of aggressive," said Chelsey Thomason. "Ya you definitely have to sprint to the back."

"People know how to use their elbows they get pretty into it," said Sara Wassmuth. "Stay safe."

Unlike other cities like Spokane, Lewiston police said that no one was arrested for violence as they power-shopped for deals.