GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- MMillions of people wake up early every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving to brave the crowds and the cold to buy the perfect gift.
According to recent estimates, each shopper is expected to spend an average of about $350.
Early Thursday morning, an official count showed that 718 people were waiting outside Cabela’s at Mesa Mall to win some free merchandise and gift cards.
One man had been camping with his family since Wednesday afternoon. Another came all the way from delta for the deals to take advantage of these deals.
"If we can get some really nice stuff, without having to pay out of pocket, and pay extra bills then why not? A little cold won’t hurt,” said Kenneth and Trisha Truscott, who had been camping out at Cabela’s since Wednesday afternoon.
"I think it’s great that everybody is coming out and supporting the community. Cabela’s is nice enough to bring us coffee and breakfast and heaters, it’s great,” said Ward Vetter, who came up from Delta to do some shopping.
Many stores in town like Khol’s and Best Buy were open on Thursday evening, despite some controversy. Khol’s representatives said they had a steady stream of business all day.