We are approaching one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, but folks got a head start Thursday in Middlesboro.
Clerks we talked with at Roses Thursday morning said it started out slow, but then got busy.
The fact that it's Thanksgiving did not stop Barbara Harbin from bargain hunting.
"It's better to shop that way, and it's not so crowded," said Harbin.
"We've been a little bit busier than I thought we would be earlier," said Steve Geoghegan, Manager of Roses.
Roses at Middlesboro Mall stayed open until late Thursday afternoon to lure in those Thanksgiving Day shoppers.
"I feel like we're here as a customer service. There's a lot of things that the customers might need last minute for Thanksgiving. We also see some people who have to work tomorrow or this weekend, and they're already out doing their Christmas shopping," said Geoghegan.
"I did all my cooking yesterday, so it left me today for free to go out and do what I want," said Tamura Thomas.
Store managers said they have been planning since the store's grand opening this month for the Thanksgiving weekend crowds.
For some shoppers making those purchases on the day of giving thanks is a yearly custom they cannot explain.
"I just do. That's all I can say. You don't have to fight the crowd on Thanksgiving Day like you do any other time," said Harbin.
Many stores at Middlesboro Mall will be open Friday morning starting at 4 a.m.