Black Friday: Kmart opens at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving morning
(WJLA) - Most Thanksgiving turkeys aren't even out of the oven yet, but some holiday shoppers are already getting Black Friday deals a day early.
Kmart customers got the jump on holiday shopping at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving morning when the big-box retailer opened its doors. With retailers relying on ever-expanding hours to draw customers, Kmart will remain open for 41 consecutive hours, the longest hours of any of the major stores.
Electronics, often one of the most deeply-discounted items during the sales that surround Thanksgiving, were especially popular at Kmart Thursday morning.
The Hyattsville Kmart sold out of its discounted Android tablets within 15 minutes of opening its doors.
This is what has brought people out on this cold Thanksgiving Day: sales. At 40, 50, and 80-percent off, stores are providing an early chance to get big deals even before the even bigger sales Thursday night and Friday.
We found Andrea Dickson at the Walmart in Bowie, starting her Christmas shopping early.
"It's Thanksgiving, but if you work 40 hours a week and have a young baby, you don't have time -- so you take time whenever you can," she explains.
Others shopping for those last second items for their Thanksgiving dinners had grocery store aisles filled on Thursday.
Ginger Reaves has 20 people coming over for dinner, but she came out to pick up a few things for another big Thanksgiving day tradition: football watching.
"My brother and his kids and my other brother and his kids and their extended family," she says about who's coming.
A big dinner, some football, and eating some more. As she says, it’s the American way.
Meanwhile in Fairfax, neither snow nor rain nor dark of night was able to stop the faithful observers of 'Brown Thursday.'
"We've been here for like 18 hours, since 6 p.m.," says Mostafa Ali from Falls Church.
Outside the Best Buy at both Potomac Yards and Bailey’s Crossroads, 'Brown Thursday' is not for the faint of heart – some early shoppers were already sleeping on the sidewalk.
The Target in Falls Church is offering a deal on the 50-inch Element LED television for $229.