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Thanksgiving Shopping Starts Earlier

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EVERGREEN -

This year, it seems like brown is the new black.

Shoppers were already lining up, and even hunting for deals, on Thanksgiving Day, Brown Thursday, around the Flathead.

This is the third year Wanda Peckham has made the five hour drive from Calgary to Kalispell for the Thanksgiving deals.

"They just started with the Black Friday shopping online, but you know lots of things, you know some brands you can't get there and everything is less expensive, let me put it that way," Peckham said.

Although she just started shopping Thursday a little after 10:00 a.m., Kmart's doors opened at 6:00 a.m. for what some are calling Brown Thursday, and for the first time, they will not close again until 11:00 p.m. on Friday.

"Just a handful of people that overnighted, but this morning I came to work a quarter 'til four in the morning and there (were) about a dozen people waiting for us to open our doors at six o'clock a.m.," said Steve Wilson, Kmart's general manager.

This means extra staff to accommodate the extra shoppers.

"The management team--we're working split shifts, you know, so I'll be able to go home today and rest up for a while and come back in tonight," said Wilson.

Wilson says those who were lining up were mostly after the electronics that are in short supply. Peckham says she is just looking for anything that catches her eye, that might make a nice present for one of a dozen grandchildren. She got in Wednesday, November 27 and started her hunt at Walmart and plans to stay until Sunday.

"This time it's longer, just a day longer," said Peckham.

Peckham also credits the favorable exchange rate for coming down: one Canadian dollar falling just short of a US dollar.

Wilson also mentioned he does expect some secret Santas to strike again this year, who anonymously donate money to pay the balance for gifts on layaway for complete strangers.

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