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Eastwood Mall in full swing for Black Friday shopping

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Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. But, just as we've seen in years past stores all across the Valley opened hours before midnight.

At the Eastwood Mall doors opened at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving night. Hundreds of shoppers made their way into the mall hungry for a good deal.

Eryk Fort of Girard was first in line and had been standing outside the mall since about 3 p.m.

"I just want to get some good stuff for my daughter," said Fort.

But, once inside stores still didn't open for another hour. So, shoppers again stood in line.

The most popular wait was for a mall swag bag full of mystery items.

"We have gift cards, coupons, goodies, give-aways. There's all kinds of stuff in those bags," said Marketing Director Alyson Carson.

After many received their bags, it was time to start shopping.

"I do want to find some Uggs and a North Face for like, at least 99$, said Tasia Lynch of Warren.

Some quickly found the perfect gift.

"I found a good deal on a big bear. It's for my granddaughter. I'm going to try and put it in her Christmas stocking," laughed Rose Mulligan of Youngstown.

Others say they weren't so lucky.

"We originally came out here to look for a game for an X-Box but, it was over priced so, we just left," said Mynais Collins of Indiana.

But, if you think a Black Friday shopping trip to the mall is like any other shopping trip, many would you're mistaken.

A D.J filled the air with Christmas Classics.

A selfie station provided all the props needed for the perfect photo op.

21 News spoke with one woman who had a hurt leg but, rather than sitting this year out, she decorated her scooter.

"I just love it the people, everybody is so friendly. The atmosphere, it's just a blast," said Brandy Thompson of Austintown.

The mall is open throughout Thanksgiving night and into Black Friday.

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