There wasn't much turnaround between Thanksgiving and Black Friday, and many shoppers were making shopping preparations likely before their turkey dinner had even finished digesting Thursday night! To get in line by 6:00 p.m. at Toys 'R Us in Brookfield, many had to adjust their Thanksgiving plans with family.
Karla Milosevich and Breeana Carde were just two of those in line at Toys 'R Us Thursday evening. Toys 'R Us opened at 9:00 p.m. Thursday - the same time they opened for Black Friday shopping last year. Milosevich and Carde said in order to make it to the store, they had to eat their turkey dinner a little earlier than in year's past. "Instead of eating at 4, we ate around one o'clock," Milosevich said. "It was a little weird eating earlier, but I like shopping, so it doesn't matter," Carde said.
For other shoppers, if it weren't for the earlier opening hours at many stores, they say they wouldn't be out taking advantage of the Black Friday deals at all. "I have to work tomorrow afternoon, so I probably would not have come at five o'clock in the morning," Jessica Huven said.
At the Fox Point Best Buy, some shoppers chose not to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, preferring to camp out in anticipation of Black Friday. For others, they also adjusted their meal time, or postponed Thanksgiving dinner plans for another day entirely. "I came here with my tent, and skipped Thanksgiving just to be here today," Nico Gonzales said.
So while some are happy with the trend of opening sooner on Black Friday, others worry it could mean even earlier start times next year. "I just don't want it to ruin Thanksgiving, so if it gets too early, that's the only thing I'm worried about," Milosevich said. Overall, customers said they're happy to get their shopping out of the way, without having to set an alarm for 1:00 or 2:00 a.m.