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Outlets open gates early, shoppers form lines before midnight opening

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By: Melissa Randall


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The Wrentham Village Premium Outlets were packed the morning after Thanksgiving. Big deals drew in the crowds for Black Friday shopping.

"We want to go to Tory Burch, and Michael Kors, and Ugg, Coach, Kate spade, Bloomingdales," said sisters Cora and Marissa Ruiz who were at the outlets before 4 AM.

"I just came for a few things, but then I kind of got a lot," said Bora Agastra who had a handful of bags by 5 AM.

Hundreds of people from all over sacrificed their sleep to flock to the shopping center. Lines at some of the biggest designer stores were 30 to 40 people deep at times.

"I am waiting in a line at Tory Burch, and I don't know exactly what they do, or why the line is so long, but I know that the girlfriend wants something from there," said Jojo Jamiel who had been in line for more than an hour.

The line of traffic along route 1A to get into the outlets was so long that officials opened the gates early. Shoppers were allowed into the parking lots around 10 PM; however stores didn't open until midnight because of the blue laws in Massachusetts.

The bitter cold temps didn't discourage patrons who said the excitement and adrenaline was keeping them going.

"It's not that bad. I went to the patriot's game on Sunday which was way worse," said Jackie Gadsby.

Electronic store, Sony, was a big hit with its customers. They carry all those TVs, laptops, and gaming devices everyone wants.

"I think I saved, in total, probably like 5,600 dollars total today," said Kay Vuong who scored a  speaker from his Christmas list for just $100 bucks.

For those who didn't make it out, or have some items left on their shopping list, Cyber Monday is just around the corner.

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