Some die-hard Houston shoppers spent their Thanksgiving camped outside area stores so they can snag the hottest deals on Black Friday.

But the lines were shorter than in year’s past.

“The line went around the corner last year. I don't see that happening this year happening,” said Osmay Pardais, who lined up outside of the Best Buy in Bunker Hill.

Kathryn Gonzalez said waiting in line is worth it.

“I'm a single parent and my daughter's birthday is in December, so it really helps out for me,” she said.

Veronica Rideaux got to the Best Buy at 6 a.m. to be one of the first inside the store.

“It’s an addiction. Don’t know what I really want, but it’s here,” she said. “Just love the excitement of it.”

The National Retail Federation expects 59 percent of Americans to shop on Thanksgiving weekend, but many will do it online.

And with so many early Black Friday deals this year, the crowds are expected to be much smaller.