Abilene mother, daughter experience Black Friday shopping for first time
ABILENE, Texas - Although online shopping has become increasingly popular, stores in Abilene on Black Friday saw droves of customers, including a mother-daughter pair who ventured out for their first Black Friday. A survey by the National Retail Federation found that 59 percent of shoppers plan to do their shopping online this year. This means that this would be the first time that online is the most popular choice for shoppers. Danna Hooper said her mom convinced her to hit the brick-and-mortar stores. "We pulled into the parking lot last night and I about lost my mind, I was like, 'Oh my gosh,'" Hooper said. She said they started shopping on Thursday right after their Thanksgiving dinner and noted that Target was less busy on Friday. Hooper said she still prefers to shop in-store because of uncertainty with shipping items. "I've never done online shopping," Hooper said. "I'm just afraid that they're not gonna get to the house in time. I'd rather make sure they have it there so I know that they're gonna have it on Christmas when they open it up." Hooper said if it wasn't for her four kids, she wouldn't have joined the Black Friday crowds. "You have everyone doing a mad dash all the way around, so you give thanks one day and turn back around and you're knocking people over," Hooper said. "It's a little crazy but, you know, definitely don't think I would ever do Black Friday again." Hooper's mom, Frances Odom said Hooper fit right in. "She was running around here like a mad woman, grabbing things," Odom said. "I just stood by the basket and she ran the store and piled my basket high." Hooper said it's their age difference has something to do with that. "I'm a lot younger than she is, so I'm able to grab it a lot faster," Hooper said. Hooper said the shopping is worth the effort for some. "I think if you have a lot of kids I think it's worth it but I think if you only have a few kids then no," Hooper said.