Black Friday shoppers in CT were met with gray skies as they headed off to malls and town centers to hunt for the latest bargains.
But Julie Singewald, 44, said she was there merely as the vehicle - "and sometimes the credit card" - as her daughters shopped.
"I came past year and discovered sales are better than online", she said. "I bought a small kitchen appliance yesterday", she said. "If it were up to me, I would be in my pyjamas and on my computer at home". For years, Black Friday has started the holiday shopping season in the United States with retailers offering steep discounts.
After enjoying the Thanksgiving turkey, some Americans hit the stores for what retailers hope will be a new tradition to start the holiday shopping season. Shoppers look for deals at the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, Calif., on Black Friday, Nov. 25, 2016.
Analysts had expected British shoppers to spend a record £2bn in just 24 hours - but the forecast could be smashed because many retailers have reported better-than expected business.
"I buy polo. Same price as I buy it all the time", said one shopper. He thinks weekend sales will likely rise from previous year because shoppers did lots of buying, including pricey flat-screen TVs.
To seal the deal, Amazon wisely made improvements to its mobile app ahead of the holiday season. Jasper said electronics stores like Best Buy, specialty athletic wear shops like Lululemon and Athleta, and luxury stores seemed to be performing well in the early hours.
The National Retail Federation, which has been bullish with projections in the past, expects holiday sales to grow 3.6 percent this year to $655.8 billion. That excludes auto sales, gas and restaurant receipts. That excludes auto sales, gas and restaurant receipts but includes online spending and other non-store sales like catalog spending.
Some of its stores may have been closed on Thanksgiving Day but Sears will be open in all locations starting 5 a.m. for those looking to get some early Black Friday shopping out of the way. Macy's Black Friday deals will remain available online through midnight on Saturday, the spokesperson said.
"The variety of things you can actually get!" said Ruth Mariscal. "I feel bad for the people who have to work".
Black Friday is upon us, and early results are already rolling in from Target (TGT), Wal-Mart (WMT), Macy's (M), since they and other retailers launched deals well ahead of the post-Thanksgiving shopping day.
Yes, I know that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are not traditional holidays passed down through the generations and set in stone.
"It's not so much about the consumerism as it is the quality time with my mother during the holiday season", said Sari, 43, a neuropsychologist who lives in Norfolk. She will then try to find out where everything will be located in the store and send people to their designated areas before the sale begins. Warm weather also dampened shoppers' appetite for cold-weather items.
Gorny and Coley started shopping Thanksgiving evening, and around noon they were finishing with a trip to J.C. Penney on Friday morning. We are a nation now constantly window shopping online and making digital purchases 24/7.