MOORE — You'll find most of the comforts and warmth of home inside the two-room tent Chris Sinor and his wife, April, constructed outside the Best Buy here in preparation for the retailer's big sale.
Flat screen TV. Propane heater. Electronic gadgets to while away the hours. Air mattress with electric blanket to ward off chilly nights. Even seating for guests.
Shunning traditional Thanksgiving elements like a family dinner at home, Sinor and Milchesky say this version of urban camping is their tradition. They've been Black Friday shopping for seven years and, for the past three, have held the honor of being first in line.
With a list of 30-some items, they are planning to cart home a plethora of gifts: TVs, cameras, computers, a Kindle Fire and an iPad or two. Family and friends less crazy than they are pass on their lists. Last year the couple spent $8,000, but saved $3,500.
“We usually start off at Best Buy and end up at Hancock Fabrics. I don't know who the tougher crowd is, these people or the older ladies at Hancock Fabrics,” Sinor said.
Sinor and Milchesky set up their temporary home just outside the store's entrance on Monday — a full four days before the store will open to a stream of frenzied deal seekers. Oklahoma Best Buy stores open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Jeff Shelman, a spokesman for Best Buy, said campers began showing up at some U.S. stores as early as Thursday — a whole week early. Most stores probably have lines by now, he said.
He doesn't know how the crowds will compare to last year, when the store opened at midnight. “This will be the first time we've ever opened on Thanksgiving,” he said.
So what about Sinor and Milchesky's turkey dinner? Someone — sometimes a stranger — always shares their holiday feast with them, so their bellies are full before the bargains begin.