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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Shoppers looking to score big this holiday season showed up early on Thanksgiving to get their place in line.

Melia Gassman showed up at the Best Buy in Dubuque at 11:00 a.m. Thursday to get a 50-inch TV. 

Tony Young was right behind her, showing up a mere 15 minutes later.  He also was looking for a big screen TV.

But an unusually cold November meant an unusually cold Thanksgiving, and harsh conditions for those waiting to score big on Thursday.

"I have five layers on top, three on bottom...and three hats," Gassman said.

But she would be outdone by Kayla McLaughlin, who was right behind her in line.

Her face was barely visible below eight layers, a sleeping bag, six pairs of socks and a couple of hats.

Jacob Bumphrey is in his fifth year waiting in line at Best Buy.  His secret?

"Do more layers," he said.  "Always more layers.  You can always take more off when you're out here."

Across the street at Target, there was only one family waiting out in the cold around 3:00 p.m.

"It's kind of a family tradition," Amber Brand said.  "We're just really competitive.  We like to be first."

And it was a good thing they were.  The line for the 6:00 p.m. open at Target ended up stretching around the corner of the building.  Hundreds of people filed in when the doors finally opened. 

Wal-mart, Kohl's and J-C Penny were among the other stores to open their doors Thanksgiving night. 

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