Jessica Quisenberry had just one thought as she and her mother passed cars on their way from Port Royal to the Best Buy in Central Park at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

She hoped they weren’t, like her, on their way to buy the 40-inch Toshiba TV doorbuster deal.

But by the time she and her mother, Monica Chenault, got to the  store a half hour later, the line to get inside stretched past NTB. A policeman told her that all the tickets for those TVs had been handed out.

“It was $179,” Quisenberry said. “I think everyone there wanted that TV.”

Not willing to go home empty-handed, mother and daughter headed over to the Walmart in Central Park, where they stood in line to get one of the 32-inch Emerson LCD TVs that went on sale at 10 p.m. for $148. About an hour later they walked out of the bustling store with one in their shopping cart. After loading it in their car, they were headed for Sears to pick up a tool set for Chenault’s husband.

“I liked the Lowe’s [Black Friday deals] better,” a weary Chenault said. “I could buy online, and then go pick it up at the store.”

Quisenberry was already looking ahead to the next Black Friday.

“If we do this again,” she told her mother, “we’re starting early.”