The Advocate asks: What advice would you offer future Black Friday shoppers?
"If you go to J.C. Penney, it's crazy. Leave your kids at home."
Chasity Grimes 20, Houston, UHV student
"Come early because it gets crazy."
Esther Trevino 51, Victoria, homemaker
"Take a nap before you go out and wear comfortable clothes."
Morgan Jeanneret 16, Goliad, Goliad High School sophomore
"Bring pillows if you're pregnant."
Maria Valdez 18, Victoria, Victoria East High School senior
"Know what you want ahead of time, instead of wandering around like we did."
Ramon Verduzco 24, Austin, Golfsmith employee
"Bring a big paycheck."
Alisha Rodriguez 27, Austin, Golfsmith employee
"There are long lines and lots of waiting. Be prepared."
Abel Resendez 19, Victoria resident
"Dress comfortably. And be prepared to stay with your parents' baskets."
Kennedy Watson 13, Wortham, seventh-grader at Wortham Junior High School
Read more about Black Friday here.