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Early hours of Black Friday get some shoppers out at the Town Center in Charleston, WV

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We arrived at the Charleston Town Center at 4:30 AM expecting large crowds for Black Friday shopping.

"It's been crazy slow," says Courtney Thomas, an employee at The Buckle who began his shift at 8:00 PM when the mall opened for its holiday sales. "Like, there's been no one at all."

We found sisters, Thelma Maynard and Tera Duty, as they were winding down Round #1 of shopping, waiting for family to join them for Round #2.

The ladies had already been up for 24 hours, driving in from Williamson, and hitting all the hot sales in the Charleston area.

"Well, they are just getting here and ready for round two," says Ms. Maynard. "She and I are ready for relaxing and eating."

The sisters tell us that their Thanksgiving celebration was rushed, because relatives were so anxious to hit sales that began as early as 6:00 PM.

"I've noticed that there's not a lot of people here in this mall," says Ms. Maynard. "But it may have been because it's been all stretched out, and now they're taking half of their Thanksgiving for shopping."

Several vendors here said the same thing.

They say that while the mall was a madhouse after opening at midnight last year, it was quite tame, except for right when they opened four hours earlier this year.

The sisters are still trying to take advantage.

Ms. Maynard says although they know what they are missing out on - sleep and quality time with family.

"With this economy, you have to save every dollar you can."