Shoppers looking for bargains Thanksgiving day brave cold, lines in San Jose

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More doors are opening for Black Friday shoppers who are hungry for deals this Thanksgiving day. (KGO-TV )

Doors opened for Black Friday shoppers who are hungry for deals Thanksgiving day. Bargain hunters have camped overnight, many outside Best Buy stores around the Bay Area, braving cold temperatures.

Stores have gotten very good about coaching the shoppers to enter single file. It's important to get in first to be sure to get the heavily discounted but limited-in-number deals.

The wait is almost over for Matt and John Paniagua. They've got wristbands, number one and two.

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"There's TVs for $149.99 and it's a 50-inch, so it's definitely worth it. I've been saving up all year for this," Matt Paniagua said.

They say it's worth camping out when it was in the 30s overnight.

"I cooked my turkey last night, so it was a little early turkey for me," said San Jose resident John Perez.

Most major retailers set 5 or 6 p.m. to kick off their Thanksgiving day sales. The new mega store, Bass Pro shops in San Jose, did the opposite, opening during the day, but closing at 6 p.m. The store was filled with shoppers.

"We're trying to see what is on sale because it's nice to see some places there's 50 percent off before the crowd is coming," said Gabriela Carrier a San Jose resident.

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One customer thinks purple Roboworm lures at $4.19 are a steal. Others like the half-off price fleece jackets.

Kayla Dariano's cart was filled with deals. "I bought all my brothers and dad's Christmas gifts already, and they're all on sale, so it's pretty good," Dariano said. She said she saved at least $200.

At the checkout, her bill totaled $212.

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Parents were really happy to encounter no lines to see Santa Claus. Even a few perpetually young adults took advantage of no wait.

Across town, more than 400 people were lined up outside JC Penney at Eastridge when doors opened at 3 p.m. Two people won $500 gift cards.

Diego Rivera said he's going to use his winning gift card in getting presents for his family.
Click here for a complete list of which stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day.

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