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Sometimes shoppers also need a quick break. Sisters Alexis and Katie Jeamby of Phoenix, AZ and their friend Hana Bachelis inspect the deals they found shopping at the Simi Valley Town Center. Alexis, 15, walked away with some clothes from Victoria Secrets, while nine-year old Katie got a pair of sparkly silver combat boots at 60 percent off at Justice. Hana, 11, also get some jeans at 40 percent off.

"I'm all set on clothes... at least until Christmas," Alexis said.


The lines to the ladies bathroom are getting long. But you can't use the facilities at the Regal theater.

Afternoon shoppers

"It's a tradition," said Kathy Hanau, of Ventura, about shopping with her sister Victoria Davis, of Bakersfield, and their sister-in-law Dorothy Hanau, of Phoenix.

They don't go out at midnight or head to the mall at the crack of dawn. But they shop on Black Friday - mostly for holiday gifts, Kathy said.

All three also found a pair of boots on a great deal at The Oaks Friday.

At Pacific View Mall in Ventura Friday afternoon. Lots of shoppers out who seem to be enjoying the scene.

Now we're shopping...

The third floor of the parking structure at Pacific View Mall, looking toward JCPenney, at about 1:30 pm Friday (top). The same view, below, from Friday morning.

Santa is here at Pacific View Mall, but at the moment people seem more interested in shopping.

Another canine shopper on Black Friday at Pacific View Mall in Ventura. This little dog may have seen a scary foot coming but overall was having fun.

People wait to get inside GameStop Friday afternoon at Pacific View Mall in Ventura. These Hollister bags (right), meanwhile, have been among the most-seen here today.

Here's a line! Actually, plenty of folks at Pacific View Mall in Ventura in the early afternoon, where Island Squeeze is a popular pit stop.

Outside, parking is getting tougher, though you still have many spaces to choose from at the far edges.

Always a crowded Apple

Shoppers are slowly streaming in at the Simi Valley Town Center, but there's already a good crowd inside the Apple store. Hottest item on demand include the iPad Air and iPad mini. #vcblackfriday

With this gratuitous weather photo from Pacific View Mall earlier today, it's worth mentioning if you're headed over there parking is getting tighter. There are still spaces on the periphery, but avoid the area by Macy's or next to Target. If you don't mind a walk you'll be fine, as of noon.

You CAN park at Ventura's Pacific View Mall, even if the traffic in seems horrid. The parking structure and outer areas of lots near Staples and behind Sears are good. Avoid lot by Macy's, which is packed, and right outside Target.

There's still street parking on Camarillo Center Dr. but space is getting harder to come by. Try the end of the street toward Las Posas.

A menorah at the Camarillo Premium Outlets. It's the first day of the holiday shopping season but the second day of Chanukah.

Many of the sales are through the weekend. The 50-70% off sale at the Gap is for four days.

The sun is poking through the clouds in Camarillo. Good news is there has been no p.m. drizzle.

A line is forming outside of Wetzel Pretzel at the Camarillo Premium Outlets. It doesn't hurt that there's a sign on the door that reads "we have coffee."

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