Thanksgiving doesn’t always mean dinner.
For dedicated shoppers and those on the prowl for a one-time bargain, Thanksgiving means eating early, then grabbing a spot in line.
The line Thursday night at Best Buy on Powers Boulevard wrapped around the building, more than six hours before the store’s midnight opening.
At the front was Halat Jozeh, who’d been there since Sunday. The 17-year-old said he wanted to make sure he could get the TV and laptop he covets.
“I’ve done this before, but I’ve never been first,” he said. “First is guaranteed, the rest get leftovers.”
The long wait means bundling up in blankets and sleeping bags, and warming up with coffee. Although the weather was cool Thursday night, it wasn’t nearly as cold as in years past.
Tatiana Daniels said her family isn’t missing out on anything, and whether they do this again depends on what’s on sale, and maybe how cold it gets.
“Half the fun is just waiting,” said Phillip Dupree, 16. “The experience is awesome.”
On his list: a TV, Kindle Fire HD and a gift for his dad.
The SuperTarget on Powers opened at 9 p.m., three hours earlier than last year. Once again, people wrapped around the building long before the doors opened.
“Everyone’s really nice and we have a great time,” said Melinda Bierley. “It’s the start of the holiday season.”
Bierley and her family have made Black Friday shopping a tradition so her son could get the most from his birthday money. On Thursday, 14-year-old Victor was planning on getting an Assassin’s Creed 3 video game. He checked all the ads to ensure he got the best price.
“It’s the most fun when there’s nothing you have to get, and you can just look for good deals,” Melinda Bierley said.
Stores were quiet inside, waiting for the rush of shoppers. Target employees were allowed to sign up for their preferred shifts on the holiday. Shorter shifts were an option so no one had to work overnight — since the store is open from 9 p.m. Thursday until 11 p.m. Friday.
Chris Vigil, executive team leader, checked on the line outside regularly as more shoppers arrived, handing out maps and explaining where check-out lines would start.
“I’ve been doing this for 13 years, so I’m used to it,” he said.
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