LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Shoppers in the lake area hit the stores early this Black Friday in search of the best deals this holiday season.
Shoppers showed up at Prien Lake Mall this Black Friday as early as 5 a.m. to begin their Christmas shopping. Other stores in the lake area opened their doors as early as 3 a.m.
Early bird shoppers who showed up as the doors opened saved hundreds of dollars on holiday gifts such as clothing, toys, and appliances.
"I saved at least 200 dollars on clothing and toys," said Cindy Fullilove, a Black Friday shopper.
However, some shoppers like Justin Cormier who started the day around 7 a.m. said he wished he had arrived earlier.
"A lot of stuff was gone because I got here too late," said Cormier. "If you don't get here early enough on Black Friday, then everything is going to be gone."
Despite the long lines and the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, shoppers said anything is worth saving a dollar.
"Anything to save a dollar and I don't mind it all," said Amanda Romero, a Black Friday shopper. "It's one day that I have to get up early and I can sleep when I get home."
According to the National Retail Federation, merchants received a slight 2 to 3 percent rise in sales this Black Friday in comparison to last year.
The International Council of Shopping Centers said nearly 30 percent of consumers shop on Black Friday. That is nearly 74 million shoppers every year nationwide.