Shoppers gobble up merchandise, discounts on Thanksgiving

Shoppers gobble up merchandise, discounts on Thanksgiving

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Long before Black Friday's midnight madness, shoppers at Premium Outlets on International Drive spent their Thanksgiving gobbling up merchandise.

Carmen Guglielmo brought her own suitcase to wheel away her purchases.

"Clothes, shoes,  whatever I find a big deal, I buy," she said. "I'm very happy. I love shopping."

Santiago Vasquez said he was shopping for his employees.

"I would need to make several trips to the car with this," he said. "Yes, I need a truck. I have a van."

Browsing around Premium Outlets, Fox 35 found that Ann Taylor is offering 50 percent off deals, Banana Republic 40 to 70 percent off and Coach Factory Outlet 30 to 40 percent off. In addition, many retailers offer online coupons, so check their websites before coming out.

If you do, be prepared for large crowds, lots of lines and a few parking spaces. The Premium Outlets will be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The retail sales were good for shoppers as well as the stores. Some shoppers, however, didn't come willingly.

"Afternoon is a little tough, a little rough. They're tired," said Augusto Leocagio, who walked around with his young twin sons in a stroller.

"They're giving me the eye. They want to go home. They want to go to the hotel actually. But mom wins."

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