Louisville, Ky. (WHAS) -- Thousands of shoppers stayed up late and woke up early for Black Friday in Metro Louisville and southern Indiana. Did Black Thursday steal their thunder?
It was like the running of the bulls at Bass Pro Shop. Doors opened at 5:00 Friday morning with more than 2,000 people waiting for door buster sales.
"This is our first year coming here. We're from Dubois County about an hour away. But we got the sales ad with a lot of really great deals," a shopper said.
For Tammy Greenwell and her daughter-in-law it's a family tradition 10 years in the making. They started shopping on Black Thursday and kept on going through Black Friday.
"I just need this for my husband. He's going to be watching TV now," Tammy Greenwell said.
"I just got tons of clothes for my kids as if they don't have enough,” shopper Georgia Greenwell said.
According to retail experts and early surveys, 147 million Americans plan on shopping this weekend which is a slight decrease from 2011.
SKY 11 showed cars crammed into parking lots and people swarming area malls.
Many came indoors to experience the ‘great outdoors’ and to work on target practice at Bass Pros Shop.
There are bows and arrows worth hundreds of dollars which are on sale. There were long lines for hunting rifles and fishing poles at deep discounts.
Dawn Peak was pushing a shopping cart with her son resting in it. She says since Black Thursday started this year, things have been different.
"It seems since they started a little earlier, everyone is in a little better humor. No one is fussing and fighting and pushing and shoving. I have been where I got trampled but this has been a pleasant experience," Peak said.
Though lines wrapped around the store, getting up early and saving up to 50% was worth it for many.
Bargain hunters are expected to hit online deals soon. Retailers forecast a possible spike in sales this year due to deep discounts on Cyber Monday.