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Americans kick off 2-day holiday shopping marathon

November 29, 2013 • National News


A shopper relaxes as he makes the rounds in Miami’s Dolphin Mall, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the nation’s biggest shopping day of the year. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

The holiday shopping season started as a marathon, not a sprint.

More than a dozen major U.S. retailers stayed open for 24 hours or more on Thanksgiving Day through Black Friday, and crowds formed early and often over the two days.

About 15,000 people waited for the flagship Macy’s in New York to open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Long checkout lines formed at the Target in Colma, Calif., on Friday morning. And by the time Jessica Astalos was leaving North Point Mall in Alpharetta, Ga., after a six-hour buying binge that started on Thanksgiving, another wave of shoppers was coming in about 5:30 a.m. on Friday.

“You just have to be out in the midst of all of it,” said Ricki Moss, who hit stores near Portland, Ore., at 5:30 a.m. on Friday. “It’s exciting.”

This year may cement the transformation of the start of the holiday shopping season into a two-day affair.

Black Friday, the official start of the shopping season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, originally was named that because it was when retailers Login to read more

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