Not waiting until Friday for great shopping deals

Die-hard shoppers spent Thursday evening out at stores, snagging deals
November 29, 2013 4:40:23 AM PST
It's the official start of the holiday shopping season -- stores are gearing up to offer their best deals for Black Friday. Many are opening up on Thursday evening, hours earlier than the last few years. Shoppers are already waiting in line.

Shoppers are putting down their Thanksgiving knives and forks, hungry for a bargain. By 1:30, when most people probably hadn't even sat down for their Thanksgiving meal yet, one man waited patiently in front of a Target on San Felipe. Belinda Rojas became the second in line.

She said, "I am about to get in line to wait about seven hours for a TV."

This year several retailers, including Target, are starting their Black Friday sales even earlier than usual. Target will open at 8pm, along with Macy's, and JC Penney. Toys R Us opens even earlier, trying to cash in on holiday shoppers.

"I don't know if I have to run for the TV or if I have to get a ticket," Rojas said. "Or if I have to get a ticket and then run, so I'm like, maybe I need to get my tennis shoes just in case."

Walmart was open all day, but only offered Black Friday specials online. Louis Palacios brought his family to get a few things they needed, but he is saving holiday shopping for a day that's not a holiday.

"I think that's a bad thing really, because it's taking away from Thanksgiving, the dinners and all that," he said. "People really should be home with their families."

Rojas says she and her family did Thanksgiving early, and she's now got her sights on the next big holiday.

"We got our turkey, our stuffing, our corn, everything. So we did that early in the morning," she said. "Then we can go back to it later after we've shopped a little and kind of rested."

A handful of retailers made it a point not to join the Black Friday rush early. Dillards wished shoppers and their families a happy Thanksgiving with the doors closed. Nordstrom, meanwhile, makes it a point not to put up Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving.

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