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Retailers' deals pull in Christmas shoppers on Thanksgiving

DIRK SHADD   |   Times Lilly Bryant, 17 months old, rides along as Larry and Michelle Bryant stuff shopping carts full of gifts at Toys “R” Us in St. Petersburg on Thursday night. Larry got in line at 3 p.m. to hold the spot for his wife, who is 34 weeks pregnant.

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DIRK SHADD | Times Lilly Bryant, 17 months old, rides along as Larry and Michelle Bryant stuff shopping carts full of gifts at Toys “R” Us in St. Petersburg on Thursday night. Larry got in line at 3 p.m. to hold the spot for his wife, who is 34 weeks pregnant.

It's on. Earlier than ever. Dangling Black Friday door-buster deals, giveaways and every come-on in their promotional playbook, retailers did their best to turn cautious consumers into holiday buyers deeper into Thanksgiving Day. At 10 a.m. a dozen shoppers were checking out $5 sweatshirts at Old Navy while a handful waited in a Kenneth City Kmart for a close-up of 70 percent off jewelry. Things got more serious after dark at Toys "R" Us in St. Petersburg as more than 500 shoppers poured through the doors at 9 p.m. to snag half-price deals on such hot toys as LeapFrog Leapsters and My Baby Alive dolls. At Best Buy in Tampa, where deals like a 42-inch HD TV slashed to $200 beckoned, the electronics chain entertained hundreds waiting in line by projecting the latest Harry Potter film on the side of a large white panel truck. Most big box and mall stores were scheduled to open their doors sometime between midnight and the pre-dawn hours for today's Black Friday rush.

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Retailers' deals pull in Christmas shoppers on Thanksgiving 11/24/11 [Last modified: Thursday, November 24, 2011 11:19pm]

    

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