This Thanksgiving, many shoppers are on the hunt for that hot holiday toy. But, while they're at it, they're making the frenzy a fun family affair.
The doors opened at Toys "R" Us and Best Buy at 5 p.m. on Thursday in Brandon. Target opened at 6 p.m. hours later, people continued to pour into stores. While everyone wants to bag a bargain, for many, the shopping spree is about being together on the holiday, down to the smallest shoppers.
“3, 2, 1!” Shoppers count down to the doors opening at Toys "R" Us, just as the countdown to Christmas is beginning.
For 6-year-old Kaiden Burnett, being a part of the Thanksgiving shopping at Toys "R" Us is just about as exciting as Christmas morning.
“A lot of people! They’re walking around and putting toys in their buggy,” Burnett observes of the experience.
Kaiden made his way through the crowd with his heart set on one thing. “I wanted to get a dirt bike like I wanted,” Burnett says.
“He asked if he could see the dirt bike we've been telling him we're going to get him,” says his mom, Khayla Goff.
“I want this one,” Burnett points out.
But shopping with a child has the highs of a happy dance. “I got my dirt bike,” Burnett exclaims! It also comes with the lows, when reality sets in that it's not Christmas yet.
“I'm sad, because I want my dirt bike today and I can't get it today,” says Burnett.
“Wait until Christmas or Christmas Eve if you're very good,” says his dad, Joseph Lewis.
“How can you say no to that face,” wonders Goff.
After the big find, there's the checkout line. “It's been 30 minutes, but it was worth it” one shopper tells 10News.
Worth it for the Juszczyk family, too.
“Last time I saw the line, it was one or two stores down,” says 8-year-old Logan Juszczyk.
They lined up to get into Target at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday for a very special annual family tradition.
“We celebrate Thanksgiving on Sunday. Every year we do Black Friday. We get the items we want for Christmas, and we pick one big door buster and give it to charity. Last year, the TV we got went to Make-A-Wish. This year, we're going to try to decide which charity we want to give it to,” says mother Erica Juszczyk.
As for the hot items this Thanksgiving, a big stuffed bear at Target went for $10.
At Best Buy, there are several door busters that quickly sold out, like the Toshiba 49-inch LED 4K Ultra HDTV for $199.99.
The Brandon Toys "R" Us didn’t have any of the hot-selling Hatchimals to start the night, and encourage shoppers to keep checking back.
Store Manager James Norr says the Paw Patrol Zoomer Marshall and Razor hover board are also hot sellers.