More and more, Black Friday is turning into Black Thursday as retailers look to be the first to open their doors for the 2012 Christmas shopping season.
Hundreds of shoppers camped outside stores in the Tri-State on Thanksgiving evening to take advantage of the bargains. "I do it every year. I just love it," said Vicky Sergent who stood in line outside the Toys R Us store in Colerain Township. Some shoppers felt a little guilty shopping on Thanksgiving. "I wish they would have kept it on a Friday and not interrupt Thanksgiving dinner," said Michelle Griffin. Another shopper, Melissa Hayes, said ""I think it's getting a little too early on Thanksgiving and it's kind of taking away but I still love it."
The lure of huge savings is the biggest draw. "We stood in line for about three and a half hours," said Sheila Barbe. "I think we saved maybe 200 dollars. Both my kid's birthdays are in December and then Christmas, so we have to save where we can."