Shoppers taking advantage of Black Friday deals

Laws prohibit stores in Massachusetts from opening Thanksgiving day.

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Shoppers are up early checking items off their Christmas lists Friday.

Black Friday began at many stores just after midnight. Eager shoppers lined up outside of stores like Kohl’s, hoping to get first dibs on the Black Friday sales.

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Merri Altieri, a shopper visiting western Massachusetts for the holiday, told 22 News even though she’s hundreds of miles away from home, she didn’t want to miss out on the deals.

“Usually there’s pretty good deals you can find,” Altieri said. “I scoured the papers last night, trying to figure out what we need to buy. Then, we wake up early and bring ourselves in here.”

Edward Ghenon, from Enfield, Connecticut, told 22News Black Friday shopping has become a family tradition.

“It’s a tradition now,” Ghenon said. ” Usually we wait in the lines. We have more fun with the people, so actually it’s just a good time. You can get these deals throughout the day, but you don’t get all the same people.”

Shoppers could have gotten an earlier start just over the state line in Connecticut, where stores are allowed to open Thanksgiving day. In Massachusetts, laws don’t allow retailers to open until midnight on Black Friday.