Shoppers brave cold, snow for Black Friday deals

SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — Some shoppers who were camped out in the snow hours before stores opened on Black Friday, said believe it or not, waiting outside in a long and winding line is their Thanksgiving tradition.

Standing in the cold may not be the average person’s idea of fun and family on Thanksgiving, but for the line of people waiting outside of Best Buy in Seekonk, Massachusetts, camping out in a tent is something they look forward to.

Isiah Serena likes to look at the experience as “inner city camping”, and said he and his shopping companions camped out in front of Best Buy 22 hours before the store was set to open its doors.

Eyewitness News spoke to shoppers who said coveted deals on electronics and kitchen appliances were enough to get them in line hours before stores opened. Other shoppers said they simply like the experience and don’t have anything specific they are hoping to purchase.

“We don’t have a plan of action, we just go in… hopefully we walk out with something great!” said shopper Stephen Brodd.

Despite numerous television advertisements and inserts in local newspapers that stated stores would open on Thanksgiving Day as early 6 p.m., so-called ‘Blue Laws’ in Rhode Island and Massachusetts kept doors closed at local stores until midnight. Under these restrictions, employees were not allowed to enter the stores themselves until 12 a.m. Friday.

For many stores, Black Friday deals continue throughout the day on Nov. 28. For a look at the best deals check out the WPRI.com Black Friday Shopping & Deals Database.

Eyewitness News Reporter Tatevik Aprikyan caught up with shoppers hours before stores opened. Watch the video below to see what they had to say.

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