Mid-South shoppers pack stores on Black Friday

(WMC-TV) - At the Wolfchase Galleria Friday, traffic was bumper to bumper as thousands of shoppers came out to find the right gift at the right price.

At the nearby Toys 'R' Us, Black Friday shoppers were greeted by some already empty shelves by mid-morning.

"My daughter wants an iPad and my son wants a laptop," said shopper Misty Pickard.  "Then I have nieces and nephews."

Electronics seemed to be the hot items for shoppers this year.

"We're going to get my son an electronic gaming system," said shopper Dena Quertermous.  "It's not in the cart yet, but we're getting him one."

Quertermous drove from Dyersburg, Tennessee to get her shopping done.

"Got to go where the action is," she said.

By mid-morning Friday, many shoppers already had a full basket and were bound and determined to continue.

"I'll just keep piling it on and stuffing it underneath," said Pickard.

Others made their way to the checkout line.

"I've already been to Walmart and spent $235, and I've got all this and I'm not even done," said shopper Melissa Hardister.

Many Black Friday deals are not just Friday only.  Many retailers have extended big sales through the weekend.

Kelly Fjestad, in town from Sherman, Texas, began shopping around 11:00 p.m. Thursday.

"I think I'm done," said Fjestad.

Fjestad and her five children finished shopping around 11:00 a.m. Friday.

"There's some good sales on some of the toys this year," she said.

For some shoppers, fighting the crowds and missing part of Thanksgiving was not so much fun.

"I'm not missing family time, that's not worth it to me," said shopper Monica Costict.  "We had our family time at home, now we're out looking for a deal."

One Best Buy employee could not catch a from loading TVs into the back of shopper's cars.

Memphis police said there have been no major incidents on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

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