LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It was business as usual for four Lake Charles women as they assembled the "Black Friday Team," a group of friends that come together every year to spend the day shopping for the best deals.
"We kind of all just come together like mapping out where's what, which sale, what we need, we get the game plan, get to the store and just go and get everything you need," said team member Melissa Morgan.
The team consists of Morgan, Karen Seal, Kayla Abshire and Kim Chaisson, who said they've been shopping on Black Friday as a team for the past four or five years.
"I love the hustle and bustle of Black Friday shopping," Seal said. "It sounds crazy but, I enjoy getting out and being with the crowds. The Christmas spirit is starting because Christmas holidays are coming up, that's my favorite part about Black Friday shopping."
The ladies said they start shopping on Black Friday and opt out on early sales on Thanksgiving Day to spend time with family. Seal said their go-to shopping destinations are Prien Lake Mall and Target.
"It's definitely not for everyone," she said. "You have to be prepared for the crowds, you have to be prepared for the craziness of it all but, if you're into shopping and you like getting out and meeting new people then this is the day to do it."
The team added Morgan this year, who said she used to shop with her family until she met the Black Friday Team, and says she took advantage of this year's sales to buy items for her upcoming wedding.
"Despite the chaos and craziness of it, it's really fun," she said. "You meet new people, you help each other find things, and so, you just kind of make new friends with this whole comradery of Black Friday. It's fun!"
The ladies said they plan on continuing the tradition next year and hope to gain more deals and more memories.