Women Line Up Outside Best Buy for Thanksgiving Sale, 22 Days Early

| by Michael Allen

Vicky Torres and Juanita Salas lined up outside a Best Buy store in Beaumont, California, 22 days before the Thanksgiving Day sale.

The two ladies cued up extra early because they want to get good deals on TVs. In order to accomplish this important goal, they have set up folding chairs, sleeping bags and pillows outside the store.

“We could have started later, but then we wouldn’t be sure to get first in line,” Torres told “They only get a few items at the cheaper prices and it’s first come, first served.”

Torres and Salas are taking turns holding their precious place in line while the other goes home to shower and eat. Their family members are pitching in too.

“On a fixed income, this is a great way to buy Christmas presents,” Juanita's husband Jacob Alva told

“I just provide support," added Alva. "Things like food, charge cell phones, bathroom breaks."

According to the Star Tribune, Best Buy stores will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, which is one hour earlier than last year. The stores will close at 1 a.m., but will reopen on Black Friday at 8 a.m. so that Americans can enjoy the “doorbuster” deals.

Best Buy explained the early opening in a statement: “While we recognize the decision to open on Thanksgiving affects Best Buy employees, customers have made it clear that many of them want to begin shopping on Thanksgiving evening.

“In recent years, millions of Americans have shopped on Thanksgiving, and our store associates are excited and prepared to help customers fulfill their holiday wish lists. Most Thanksgiving evening shifts are filled by employees who volunteer to work.”

However, Best Buy won't be able to open on Thanksgiving Day in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, which have banned early openings to protect employees.

Sources:, Star Tribune, Best Buy

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