Shoppers out for Thanksgiving, Black Friday; list of store deals, hours

Shoppers filled the Best Buy store, 5820 E. 82nd St., near Castleton Square mall on Nov. 23, 2017, Thanksgiving Day. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Shoppers across Central Indiana are out Black Friday shopping … on Thanksgiving Day.

24-Hour News 8 found about two dozen people braving the cold to camp Thursday outside of Best Buy.

  • MORE: At the end of this story, find a list of store hours for Thanksgiving, Black Friday

The way to get the best deals, some believe, is to camp out in front of the store.

“We’ve got hand warmers and blankets and feet warmers!” Angelina Chisman said.

Cameron Lumpkin of Indianapolis added, “And then another scarf underneath. I don’t play games! I’d prefer not to be freezing cold.”

It’s all about those Black Friday deals.

Chisman said, “We need TVs! My son wants a TV for Christmas.”

Chisman and her friend Lauren Matchen were first in line at 4 a.m. at Best Buy on the northeast side near Castleton Square mall for a 50-inch high-definition TV.

Lauren Matchen of Indianapolis said, “You’re crazy for spending that much money on something you can get for cheaper!”

A RetailMeNot survey said people are going to spend an average of about $750 from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. That’s an increase of more than $200 over the same time frame last year.

The National Retail Federation said 69 percent of Americans will shop between today and Cyber Monday. It’s the reason Lavon Bentley ate Thanksgiving Wednesday night.

Lavon Bentley, of Indianapolis said, “Honestly, today, in Best Buy, I’ll probably spend almost $800 maybe.”

Victoria Taylor said sitting out in the cold together actually creates a warm sense of community. “If we need to go to the restroom or to our cars to get warm, everybody’s kind of cool with that.”

Here’s a look at what some big stores have planned for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Most retailers including Walmart start making the majority of doorbuster deals available online at 12:01 a.m. on Thanksgiving. The hours refer to local times.


Thanksgiving: Sales start at 6 p.m.

Black Friday: Most supercenters are open 24/7.

Deals: LG 49-inch Class 4K Smart TV for $328 and an Element 39-inch Class Smart TV for $125. Samsung 65-inch Class Curved 4K Smart TV for $998.


Thanksgiving: Open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Black Friday: Opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m., 11 p.m. or midnight, depending on the store.

Deals: A 55″ Westinghouse UHD TV for $249.99. Shoppers who spend $50 in stores or on Friday will get a coupon for 20 percent off for purchases made between Nov. 28 and Dec. 10.


Thanksgiving: Most stores open at 5 p.m. and close at 2 a.m.

Black Friday: Open at 6 a.m.

Deals: $29.99 diamond earrings with any purchase of $50 or more. Seventy-five percent off select sport coats and overcoats. Fifty percent off select holiday tops and sweaters.


Thanksgiving/Black Friday: Opening at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving and staying open until 10 p.m. the following day.

Deals: Diamond earrings for $25, boots for $19.99.


Thanksgiving/Black Friday: Opening at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving through midnight on Black Friday.

Deals: 50 percent off of select toys from Hot Wheels to Play-Doh, $69.99 diamond bracelet, FitBit Blaze Smart Fitness watch for $149.99.


Thanksgiving: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Black Friday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Deals: 60-inch Sony 4K TV for $599.99 and a Samsung 11.6 inch laptop for $119.


Thanksgiving and Black Friday: Opening at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and staying open for 30 hours.

Deals: 40 percent off Lego construction sets, $59.99 Barbie Pink three-story townhouse.


Thanksgiving/Black Friday: Most stores will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight and open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.

Deals: Up to 40 percent off on appliances, 50 percent off Craftsman 32-piece mechanic’s tool set.