Hampton Roads shoppers stuff shopping bags instead of turkey

Excited shoppers enter a Hampton Roads Peebles store for early holiday shopping on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2016. Image Credit: WAVY/Laura Caso

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The turkey, stuffing and gravy can wait.

At least, that’s the general consensus for dozens of Hampton Roads shoppers who geared up to gobble up Thanksgiving day deals.

Monisha Hinton is from Gates County, North Carolina, but traveled to Norfolk Thursday in order to snag the door-buster deals.

“This is serious business, very serious business,” said Hinton. “All year long, I save money for this special day I can shop.”

For this North Carolina family, it’s a holiday tradition — and it’s becoming a popular one. In fact, 137 million Americans are expected to shop on Thanksgiving day.

It’s the gift cards, freebies, and door busters that attract customers to this newfound tradition.

Brian Pincoski, manager of Peebles in Norfolk says he enjoys working the holiday.

“We have bigger crowd on Thanksgiving then we do on Black Friday and we love being with the people,” said Pincoski.

And it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the infamous tent.

10 On Your Side spotted a tent with a recliner inside at the start of the Best Buy line on Independence Boulevard in Virginia Beach. William Bernstein, the owner of the tent, had been waiting for 48 hours to snag a 50-inch television.

The recliner is the same one he may be using for the 50-inch television he’s hoping to snag at Best Buy.

Bernstein says that waiting in line is a tradition for him.

“You socialize, you talk about what you will be doing when you leave here, when you are going to be eating,” he said.

Speaking of eating, there will be an empty seat for Tenin Thompson at her family’s dinner table.

“They understand because I love the thrill of coming out here and shopping for deals,” said Thompson.

It takes organization amid the clutter of deals and coupons for this kind of shopping.

“Turkey can wait, stuffing cranberry sauce, all of that can wait. The deals cannot. No, the deals cannot,” said Hinton.

Oh, and by the way, she said would be eating turkey at 10 p.m., after she’s done hunting for the best deals of the season.