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Black Friday shoppers hit Northpark Mall early

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RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Northpark Mall opened up at midnight for the first time on Black Friday. Hours after the doors opened, shoppers were still taking advantage of all the savings.

Retailers were folding up new clothes and shopping bags were stuffed as shoppers took advantage of the annual Black Friday bargains.

High school senior Shatarian Gray said she got the shoes and clothes she wanted.

Northpark Mall wasn't the first stop for shopper Carolyn Tims who made an earlier trip to Wal-Mart.

Tims said she bought "TVs, housewares and other odds and ends."

Ninety-five percent of the stores at Northpark opened at midnight. JCPenney however waited until 6 a.m. to roll out its Black Friday bargains.

A crowd of shoppers started waiting to buy $3 pillows and clothing for $10 formed outside of the store a bit after 5:30 a.m.

Women weren't the only ones doing all the shopping. Andrew Howard shopped all night and into the morning with his baby daughter.

"She's been a trooper the whole time she had a little nap, but she's ready to go," Howard said.

You can get items at the Gap for up to 60 percent off.  If you bring in an old coat you can get a new one for 60 percent off.

While everyone loves the amazing deals, opinions vary about various retailers opening up as early as Thanksgiving night.

"I love it, I love it," said Tims.

"5 a.m. was better because it's getting earlier and earlier, less time with the family and everybody rushing out to the stores," Howard said.

For most, the lack of sleep and crowds were worth the savings.

"When you're a single mom you know sometimes you have to do what you have to do to get hose bargains," said shopper Kimberly Bilal.

Northpark Mall is open until 10 Black Friday night. Various holiday hours begin Saturday.

Visit the Northpark Mall website for more on the savings at the mall.

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