Thanksgiving Day start on sales keep crowds down Black Friday mo - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Thanksgiving Day start on sales keep crowds down Black Friday morning

"I'm saving $160 by waiting in line,” said one shopper at Toys R Us in Kenwood (FOX19) "I'm saving $160 by waiting in line,” said one shopper at Toys R Us in Kenwood (FOX19)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Starting Black Friday sales early on Thanksgiving Day kept crowds down at area retailers in the early morning hours of the biggest shopping day of the year.

Stores like Wal-Mart in Florence and Toys R Us in Sycamore Township had few customers roaming the aisles as dawn broke. 

Shopping began picking up by 7 a.m. in places like the Meijer store off Interstate 275 and Ohio 32 in Eastgate.

Crowds were as brisk as the cold weather Thanksgiving as people started seeking early holiday shopping deals.

Some stores in the area opened as early as 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving, just in time for those to fuel up on turkey, and kick off the holiday shopping season.

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"We just do it when we feel like doing it. It's nothing set in stone, but we like to do it. It's fun,” said Camey Marshall, who was shopping at Target on Glenway Avenue.

For some, the waiting in line is an adventure. For others, it's an experience.

"This is my first Black Friday. I was going to take a nap, but I figured I was going to save a pretty good amount of money,” said Suzi Yurchison, who was also shopping at the Glenway Avenue Target.

Sometimes the savings are so big, waiting in line is the only way to do it.

"I'm saving $160 by waiting in line,” said one shopper at Toys R Us in Kenwood.

She lived in Germany for the last five years and never indulged in this kind of holiday shopping, though admittedly, she wasn't totally sure how to play the game.

"I didn't understand that you wait in the car and you stay warm as long as you possibly can. When I pulled up, I wasn't aware. We came and stood in line, so everybody saw me get out of the car and I kind of started the trend,” she said.

Because when it's this cold, there are rules.

"She gets out of the car and I was like, ‘What is she doing?' Sure enough, everybody else starts to follow,” said Carol Dunklin who was shopping at Toys R Us.

Eventually, the line at Toys R Us grew to more than 100 people, as the store only let in waves of shoppers 50 at a time.

"I would do it again. I wouldn't wait more than 2 hours. Two hours in the cold is enough,” said one shopper.

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