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Shoppers out in force from Gray Thursday into Black Friday

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Black Friday shoppers were out in full force throughout Wisconsin today, even after the early store openings on Thanksgiving. 

The Outlet Shoppes in Oshkosh report more shoppers than normal for the day after Turkey Day.

Manager Keith Holschbach said some of the 43 stores in the outlet mall were open since 8 p.m. Thursday -- and while traffic counts were much higher than in previous years, they continued to be strong Friday morning. 

At Mayfair Mall in suburban Milwaukee, shoppers said there was a more subdued atmosphere than in the past. 

Linda Fadden of Milwaukee said the early Thanksgiving Night openings, "deflates the hustle and bustle of Black Friday morning."  

Meanwhile, folks in western Wisconsin were close to enough to be among the crowds at the Mall of America just south of Minnesota's Twin Cities. 

Mall spokeswoman Sarah Schmidt said around 50,000 people walked through the doors by 10 p.m. Thursday. She said there was a lull between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. Friday -- but another busy round came after that. 

Schmidt said clothing appeared to be the most popular things for shoppers. 

Smaller retailers say expect a lot of business during Small Business Saturday -- and Web retailers look forward to Cyber Monday.

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