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Shoppers line up early for Thanksgiving Day deals

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Black Friday comes early this year.

An estimated 33-million people cut their Thanksgiving dinner short to start the holiday shopping on Thanksgiving.

Shopper, Sharon Sparrow, says Black Friday shopping is a family tradition no matter when the doors open. Sparrow says when she arrived at the Toys R’Us in Greenville at 2p.m. she was excited to be the first in line.

"I had people coming by and [say] what time do they open? I was like 5 o'clock, 5 o'clock! They said you're not in line are you? I said yes I am!" said Sparrow.

Another store with a line wrapped around its exterior, Best Buy.  9 On Your Side was inside the store as employees cheered to get pumped up for the Thanksgiving Day shoppers.

Nicolette Ebron is no stranger to being the first in line outside a store on Black Friday. Ebron says despite missing time with her family, she focuses on the great deal she is going to get.

“They'll actually see me later on today; so, in a way I feel bad and in a way I feel great," said Ebron.

Not everyone agrees with stores opening on a holiday. According to a University of Connecticut poll 46 percent of Americans don’t believe stores should be open on Thanksgiving.

 In Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maine there are “blue law” that ban shopping on Thanksgiving or Christmas.  

Whether you agree or not, Sparrow says her 14-year-old tradition on Black Friday shopping is a family affair.

“I think it’s awesome. It's like family doing something together. Bracing the freezing cold and everything," said Sparrow.

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