Shoppers camp out on Thanksgiving for early Black Friday deals - FOX 32 News Chicago

Shoppers camp out on Thanksgiving for early Black Friday deals

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

T'was the night before Black Friday as shoppers wait in line to get a great bargain and not waste a dime.

Michelle Finch has been waiting in line at this best buy on North Avenue since 9 p.m. Thursday night. Her goal is to be the first inside.

"I'm going to get a good deal on a TV," says Finch. "I just don't want to get trampled. Yeah, I'm small."

"TVs, laptops, desktops, cameras, projectors Michael Glebiv, best buy camper

She is not alone. People all over lined up outside stores to catch great deals as many stores like Kmart open their doors Thursday instead of waiting until midnight.

This is Michael Glebiv's sixth time camping in front of best buy. He's picked up a few pointers along the way.

"I went home and brought the wood to start the fire. Obviously, it is not only keeping us warm but all the other people in line," says Michael.

So, do their families approve of this tradition?

"They don't mind me waiting here," one camper said.

"They want us to be home having Thanksgiving dinner, but when it actually comes around to Christmas presents and what not, I think everybody is thrilled," says Glebiv.

Although the lines looked a little smaller than in years past, a survey in Chicago says people plan on spending the same or less than last year. For these people looking for a bargain, instead of enjoying a warm meal, they're enjoying each other's company waiting for the doors to open.

Thanksgiving night seems to be the new trend for shopping hours. Kmart, Wal-mart and Target all opened up around 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. Thursday for shoppers that are trying to get the edge on the Black Friday.

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