Dozens Line Up for Technology at Toys "R" Us
Consumers said poor economy is driving earlier openings for holiday shopping.
Dozens of people lined up outside Toys "R" Us Thanksgiving night to get an early start on their holiday shopping.
The store opened at 9 p.m.; the line stretched to the back of the building as people waited to take advantage of sales on netbooks and video games hours before midnight on Black Friday.
Kelly Caltabilotta, the first person in line, showed up at 6 p.m.
"I'm just hanging out," Caltabilotta said as she sent a text. "We've eaten already and the family is home."
Customers said there were several reasons why they chose to brave cold temperatures and time away from their familiies to save a few dollars.
"If it wasn't for the economy, we probably wouldn't be here," said Mary Ellen McCluney, an Oakland resident, noting that stores are opening earlier on Black Friday. Staggered openings are becoming more common, McCluney said.
"With the way things are now, people are doing anything they can to save some money," she said.
Caltabilotta had a a somewhat lighter take on the event.
"[My family and I] have spent quality time together," Caltabilotta said. "It's just something to do."