Holiday shopping kicks off on Thanksgiving - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Holiday shopping kicks off on Thanksgiving

Posted: Updated:
There were some early risers at the Best Buy in Meriden on Thanksgiving morning. (WFSB) There were some early risers at the Best Buy in Meriden on Thanksgiving morning. (WFSB)
MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) -

As people prepare to eat their Thanksgiving dinner, some retailers open their doors on Thursday ahead of Black Friday shopping.

According to the National Retail Federation, about 30 million people will shop on Thanksgiving. Eyewitness News checked in with some shoppers, who were eager to beat the Black Friday rush.

"This is the fun part,” said Lisa Bennett, who was shopping on Thursday with her granddaughter, Ayana.

Bennett and her granddaughter were some of this morning's earliest risers with their first stop being Kmart in Cromwell.

“We came to see what good deals Kmart had because grandma has to buy stuff for grandchildren,” Bennett said.  

Kmart is one of a handful of retailers that opened its doors at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving.

"Toys, clothes, winter gear, pretty much everything on sale is my goal,” shopper Selena Harris, of New Britain, said.

Over in Meriden, William Smith, of Thomaston, snagged the first spot in line at the Best Buy at Westfield Mall. Smith said he arrived at 1 a.m.

“I'm getting a TV for my sister," he said.  

Just a few chairs down, Pedro Valentin, of Meriden, was sitting comfortable and ready for a long day as the store doesn't open its doors until 5 p.m.

“I brought a couple books,” Valentin said. “I brought some coffee, some headphones and some music."

For anyone shopping on Thanksgiving, they should expect lines, have a game plan and wear comfortable shoes.

Copyright 2015 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.