Shoppers came with their chairs and blankets as the sidewalk outside of many local stores became mini villages with customers eager to get their hands on some early Black Friday deals.
Lines began to form early at the Best Buy in Mays Landing with some shoppers skipping their Thanksgiving meals and arriving almost 24 hours prior to the stores midnight opening.
"We've been here since 1 a.m. to try to get the door busters. I think we're all going for the TV that's 179 and some laptops probably," said Best Buy shopper Sumit Singh.
As day turned to night and people finished their Thanksgiving dinners, the lines began to grow.
At both Toys R Us and Best Buy, the line of people wrapped around the building.
Customers streamed into Wal-Mart, while those camped outside of Target waited for the stores 9 p.m. opening.
Some customers, like Steven Pennington, even adjusted their Thanksgiving plans to avoid missing out on the good deals.
"My friend just called me up as I'm coming home from Thanksgiving dinner and said to meet him at Best Buy and so I'm out here," said Pennington.
Many shoppers were in search of the perfect gift while others planned to sell their purchases for a profit.
No matter the gift or their intentions, sacrificing part of the holiday to take advantage of "Gray Thursday" as some shoppers call it, was worth it.
"I was expecting a bigger crowd but there was only 20 people here," said Target shopper Robin Davenport. "I'm real excited I'm going to get what I want this year."
As Gray Thursday becomes Black Friday, customers around the area will continue their search for can't miss deals.