FARGO — After filling up with all kinds of Thanksgiving food, shoppers filled up stores like Best Buy in Fargo to purchase gifts one day before one of the biggest shopping days of the year, Black Friday.
Before they flooded the store, more than 50 people were outside braving the cold and waiting to go after all the goodies inside — some people were lining up as early as 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28.
"It's not as crazy, " said Stephan Latega of Fargo. "People aren't pushing and shoving as much and there are not nearly as many people."
But some were more tolerant of the weather than others, some shoppers said they didn't bundle up enough to stand in line before the store opened at 5 p.m.
"On a scale of one to 10, probably like a 7," said Kaitlin Blake of Fargo, describing how cold she was when standing outside. "I wore leggings. I have regrets."
Once the doors opened, the store filled with people fast.
Some wanted to get out of the chilly night outside and shop, but others were looking for a gift for a special someone.
"I came here two days ago to see what they had, and I saw a TV on sale, " Latega said. "I knew my mom would want a new TV because hers is a little slow, so I figured it's a good Christmas present."
Lacy Hoff came from Pierz, Minnesota to visit family for Thanksgiving, but she was in line for one of these sales for the first time. It was something she's always wanted to try out.
"I definitely know a few people who say it's a tradition for them to go," Hoff said.
The tradition of shopping in a store during Thanksgiving weekend is something these shoppers would like to continue, even with online shopping increasing in popularity.
But those who were in line said they will always like to have the option to go to the store and purchasing items in person.