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Black Friday shoppers celebrate Turkey Day cooking out in the cold

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More than a dozen people are celebrating Thanksgiving in an unorthodox way. They're camping out for Black Friday sales and spending their holiday sitting outside in the cold. YNN's Elaina Athans has more.

WALLKILL, N.Y. -- It is a Thanksgiving experience that is anything but traditional. Folks cooking their Turkey Day meals with portable stoves stationed on a sidewalk in the cold camping out for Black Friday sales.

"It’s fun. It’s different. It’s something out of the routine," said Town of Newburgh resident Lynette Romero.

At the Best Buy in the Town of Wallkill, more than a dozen people were celebrating the holiday with other discount die-hards.

"It’s like a big sleep over," said Town of Newburgh resident Brandon Romero.

And they brought a number of things to stay entertained and comfortable: Piles of blankets and pillows, skateboards, portable water heaters for that hot cup of tea and pattery packs to keep cell phones charged.

Some people have been basically tailgating for a week leading up to the day known as the Superbowl for shoppers. This type of dedication for deal takes not only endurance, but also a flexible work schedule.

"My managers actually gave me the days off and they’ve been texting me telling me what they want," said Jeff White from Pennsylvania.

And while this is an unorthodox way to spend Thanksgiving, it's become a new holiday tradition for these people and they say what they're waiting for is worth it.

"I can eat Thanksgiving dinner or turkey any day of the year. But I can only go and shop at Best Buy on black Friday for these sales," said White.

“The first 10 or 15 people for the past years so we all like to hang out and catch up," said Romero.

“I only do this once a year so it’s not really a big deal to me," said Pine Bush resident Corey Kessler. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP