Black Friday has creeped even deeper into Thanksgiving, with some stores in the Puget Sound area opening before sunrise.
About 100 people lined up overnight outside a Seattle Kmart, where doors opened at 6 a.m. Thursday.
The store manager passed out tickets to people in line for items such as tablets and TVs in order to cut down on sprinting through the aisles and pushing and shoving.
Some of the shoppers said they would go home, take a nap, have Thanksgiving dinner and then go camp out somewhere else for the Friday sales.
Others say they’re not thrilled about the Black Friday tradition. They’re happy to get the early Thursday sales, but they think everyone should focus on being with their families.
“I think the corporate is encroaching on the traditional holidays and I don’t think it’s fair. It’s up to the people to take a stand,” said Richele Weiler.
At least one family, looking for a new television, started camping out at 5 p.m. Wednesday. But for them, it’s not just about getting the best deal.
“We had a house fire last year and lost everything, so it will be a Christmas gift to my kids,” said Michelle House.
Most other big chain stores, including Walmart, Target, Sears, Best Buy and Toys ‘R’ Us were set to open Thursday night.