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Retailers aren't the only ones getting a jump on Black Friday

A Moore couple snag the front spot in line at Best Buy — and settle in for a long wait.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: November 28, 2013

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.

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by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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