Sitting on a bench near Bloomingdale’s at South Coast Plaza, Sara Dobsen tilted her head back and propped her feet up on an array of shopping bags — each stuffed to the brim with new purchases.
“Sometimes you just need a bit of a breather, you know?” the Tustin resident said with a laugh Friday.
She, like swarms of others, turned out to the Costa Mesa shopping center to take advantage of the specials offered during the annual mercantile madness that is Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, which semi-officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season.
“It’s a tradition at this point,” Dobsen said. “It’s just part of celebrating the holidays.”