NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. --- Its the busiest shopping day of the year. Millions of shoppers from throughout the area flock to the department stores looking to cash in on the biggest deals of the year.
Marion Failing's family calls her the "ringleader" of their Black Friday group. To them shopping on Black Friday is a family tradition and so is stuffing the van they drive in.
"I have to stuff the van, we started years ago. We remember when the kids were younger the big stuffed animals that we bought that were sticking out the car. We didn't even have room for all the stuff," said Failing.
Like many Black Friday shoppers throughout the country, Marion's family got up at the crack of dawn and stayed out until dinner time.
"We are up at 2:45am and on the road as soon as we can. And the best part is our grandmother is the one that started this whole thing she lives for this day," said Marybeth Hudyncia.
Sherri Palmer and her "Black Friday Squad" said that shopping is a great way to get out of the house and spend time with friends.
"We get to spend time together, we get to leave the husbands at home the boyfriends at home and we just hang out," said Palmer.
Like many shoppers, here squad had a plan of the stores they wanted to hit next.
"We're going to Target, then we are going to Five Below, then we will go to Walmart, and then the best, Olive Garden. We save the best for last," said Palmer.
CNBC reports that last year sales from Black Friday shopping alone totalled in the billions of dollars throughout the country.