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Black Friday shoppers swarm Ark. stores

Early birds braved the cold and long lines and found their way to great deals.

Like many of the Black Friday shoppers, the race to clench the best deals, for the Palmers, began as soon as the last piece of pie was served on Thanksgiving.

"We got on the Internet and we got out the newspapers and we planned the whole thing," said Sarah Palmer.

Since 2:00 Friday morning, Palmer and her sister-in-law, Priscilla, have been on the go, weaving in and out of stores.

"A lot of $5 items, $10 jeans, those were good. Kohl's had really good deals this year," the two said.

So did many other stores at McCain Mall in North Little Rock. Some offering up to 60 percent off items and showering early birds with door-buster gifts.

"We have to have more than one vehicle and mine is almost full so I don't know what we're going to do," said Jennifer Woodard. Woodard says she began at 9 p.m. Friday.

"I'm trying to stay out of the way of the people that you can tell have been up since 4:00," Terri Wade said through laughter. "Because you know they're not in a good mood."

Nearly 140 million Americans are expected to do their holiday shopping this weekend. If expert predictions are on target, retailers should see a two-percent jump in sales compared to last year.

"It's been wonderful. We've had a lot of high traffic early," said Lisa Meyer, director of marketing at McCain Mall.

The crowds make for long lines and the deals, aggressive bargain shoppers. But Wade says with a good attitude, it's all worth it in the end.

"It gives you an advance of what's out there," she said.

"A lot of people ask me if I think I save money and I know I save money," Woodard added.

For more on local shopping advice, deals, and the floor plans of some stores, click the hyperlink to check out our THV Ready, Set, Shop! page.