By Juli McDonald

FOXBORO (CBS) — Bundled up with bags in hand, shoppers at Patriot Place in Foxboro Friday night were still seeking those Black Friday savings.

After a holiday season spent at home and apart from each other last year, shoppers were ready to resume their traditions.

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“When COVID started, I stopped. And now, things are getting more open so I can start going out more,” a male shopper from Maine said.

We’ve seen how supply chain challenges have impacted many parts of life. A lot of shoppers are keeping that in mind by starting early and spending more.

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“I usually don’t get it done until last minute, but this year I wanted to get it done early in case anything happened and shipping and stuff like that,” another shopper said.

According to the National Retail Federation, in-person shopping is up more than 14 percent this year, and individual consumers plan to spend about $1,000 total.

And no matter what deals are offered online, some shoppers will simply always prefer how that in-store experience feels.

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“I think there’s definitely something to be said for coming to the store and seeing all these people around,” said one woman. “It’s the holiday season, all the lights.”

Juli McDonald