Forget the cornucopia, the tent is Thanksgiving’s new center-piece. As near as we could tell, Sacramento-area shoppers started setting their tents up in Black Friday line with 104 hours before they would be let in to shop.
“Yes, that’s a long time,” admitted Valentin Quiralte, who put his tent up Sunday in front of Best Buy Arden.
A long time but, of course, a longing for 40 inches of high definition glory can make a man do some extreme things, and that includes doing nothing at all. For days.
“Some people think you’re crazy, coming out here. A lot do,” Quiralte said.
Across town at Best Buy Elk Grove they are taking the concrete camping concept to a whole new level, with two room tents stocked with pop and propane. But that’s not all.
“Patience and a positive attitude,” added Sora Barbour.
Barbour is first in line at that store. But the way she sees it it’s not a wait, it’s a way to make new friends. Of course, the deals at the end don’t hurt.
“I’m getting the TV and the laptop package. And I might still get the Play Station, I’m not sure yet,” Sora said.
Both Sora and Quiralte have part-time jobs that allow them a flexible enough schedule to spend the week waiting.
And in Quiralte’s case, given the deal he expects to get on a new TV, he’s making between 4 and 5 dollars hour.