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Getting up early is worth Black Friday savings

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Getting up early is worth Black Friday savings. People saved hundreds, and even thousands of dollars on gifts this year. Sales started as early as 9:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving day, leading into Black Friday.

At Columbia Center Mall in Kennewick, thousands of people were out shopping for holiday gifts. Columbia Mall General Manager Barbara Johnson says "we had literally hundreds of people lined up ready to go and throughout the day we will see thousands of shoppers."

Bergman Luggage Manager John Lindblad says "I've never seen that many people in this mall in all the years I've been here on a Black Friday."We spoke with shoppers who drove all the way from Hermiston to come check out sales at the mall. Bert Quinn of Hermiston says "it's crazy, we've been at it since way early in the morning."

There's a variety of things people are buying this season for themselves, family members and friends. We talked with shoppers who were getting gifts for family. Franki Anderson says "we're shopping for everything from Wii games, to clothes at Macys and Zumies and makeup and accessories and so a little bit of everything."

Melanie Moody told us some of the things she was buying her children. Moody said some things on her list were "kids clothes, computer stuff, movies. Pirates of the Caribbean was $9.99.

Shopper Julie Pridger said there were great deals at every store. "at Sears was like wonderful, like 80% off and boy I've been so many places I can't remember where the really good deals were."

Everyone we asked who shopped at the mall early said getting good bargains was worth losing a little bit of sleep.