METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Thanksgiving dinner made way for Thanksgiving sales Thursday night as shoppers flocked to retail stores hunting for bargains.
Shopping centers and retail stores across the area provided an equal playing field for all ages and all walks of life.
"I'm getting that one first and then I'm gonna get the campus leggings," shopper Imelda Sifuends said while staring through the store window. "I'm just going to go for it."
Impatient shoppers mapped out their plan of attack before stores even opened.
"Shopaholic for sure," Raven Johnson confessed. "We're waiting for Victoria's Secret to open up."
Seasoned shoppers will tell you it gets rough in the trenches.
"[I've seen] hair pulling," shopper Keisha Harvey said. "Once that door opens, you're going to see a different side of us."
But none of the stores in our area reported any pushing and shoving matches during holiday shopping, meaning this year the deals did not disappoint.
According to the National Retail Federation, 137 million Americans plan to shop this holiday weekend, and the organization says shoppers plan to spend about $655 billion this holiday season.
It is also estimated that stores are planning to hire some 650,000 employees to help with the increased business.