CAMARILLO, Calif.- Residents up and down the coast are kickstarting their holiday shopping with Black Friday deals.
Many people are visiting the Camarillo Premium Outlets in order to find heavily discounted items, from designer fashion to more practical accessories.
“I was specifically looking for a leather jacket. I've been going to a lot of metal shows lately and so I wanted to look cool with the kids,” said local Katrina Schaefer.
For many people, going to these outlets for Black Friday shopping is a yearly tradition, but for others it’s a first time adventure.
“Usually we always come to the Camarillo outlets. They already have great deals, but they always slashed by like at least 30%,” said Schaefer.
Amrinder Nepali, Local, who is visiting outlets
“It’s like 30 % but now they're giving like 50 to 60%,” said shopper Amrinder Nepali.
“The tax is lower,” said Christine Quedding, who drove over an hour from Orange County to visit this popular shopping destination.
Marie Hernandez has worked in retail for 22 years.
She says she feels energized that Black Friday at the Camarillo Premium
Outlets is busy again after slowing down due to the pandemic.
“I'm in my element. I've been doing this so long. Like Black Friday is something I look forward to. Like I've been losing sleep over the preparation,” said retail worker Marie Hernandez.
Despite inflation and the rising cost of living, many people were willing to wait in long lines to buy gifts for the holidays.
“There was a line before we even opened and we open at 6 am,” said Hernandez.
The National Retail Federation predicts that there will still be a considerable amount of holiday spending in 2022, with a record 166 million people predicted to shop in- store and online during the holiday weekend.