Sunday, November 28, 2010

Black Friday Shopping

Amy and I left here Thursday night to head for Toys R Us (which opened at 10:00 PM). We got there about 9:40 and the place was already packed with a line nearly the entire length of the shopping center. We were closer up than last year, but we were still in line about 90 minutes before I decided that I needed a bathroom break. I had to go to the front of the line (left my purse with Amy so it wouldn’t look like I was trying to crowd) and asked the manager if I could go in to use the facilities. That was 100% true but also gave me a chance to scope the place out. After my report, we left. We figured we were still 30 minutes away from being inside and could get what we wanted (Zhu Zhu pets) at Wal-Mart. We left to head for the warmth of Wal-Mart for their midnight sale and got there about 11:30 after stopping for coffee.


The longest part in WM was the checkout line. They had actually let people go to the areas where the midnight items were located and let us start shopping about 10 minutes early. We didn't get too much there but the lines were terrible. I think we stood in line for well over an hour.

Our best experience was at Kohl's. We got there 1:30-ish (they opened at 3:00). We were some of the first in - we shopped and were back in the car by 3:37. I loved the management at Kohl's. They were serious about no line jumping, pushing, shoving, or otherwise being an A**. Said they'd throw out anyone who wasn't playing nice. As 3:00 approached, a group of people started to congregate like they were going to head to the door. The "Lead Loss Manager" (his words) came out and very firmly said, "If you haven't been in line, and you're not currently in line, you are not coming in unless you go to the END of the line." Some people were ticked (not those of us who had braved the weather). One lady said in Amy's general direction that it wasn't that big of a deal for them to just come on in. True - for her maybe but it was to the ones who'd been there for hours.

Next up was JC Penney’s. They had opened the doors before 4:00 AM so we were able to get what we wanted/needed pretty quickly. I snagged 3 shirts for Ron (his favorite style, but in long-sleeved form to help keep him warmer in the house) at 60% off, which was a great deal on them. Headed to Victoria’s Secret for Amy to pick up some things, then on to Bath & Body Works (needed some shower gel). After that we picked up a pretzel and a drink and went back to Toys R Us. We got right in but there wasn’t anything we really wanted to buy from there, so we left.

Next up, Bed Bath & Beyond because they had advertised a laptop tray table that I thought would be great for Ron. It was cheesy. If it had been $9.99 I might have gotten it, but not at $29.99. Seriously cheap plastic. So we left there and went next door to Ultimate Electronics. We needed a new all-in-one printer and I found a great deal on one but will be returning it and just making do with what I’ve got.

I got home and in bed about 6:30. Poor Amy had to drive back home so I’m sure she didn’t get to bed much before 8:00. I was so tired that I ended up napping off and on all day. I had a great time even though I didn’t buy that much. I really enjoy the crowds and the fun of trying to find a good deal. I gave up a couple because it was too much hassle to try and get to them. No loss…

The funniest thing was at Wal-Mart. I saw this man in line and thought that he looked vaguely familiar. I’m great with faces but terrible at remembering names. Somehow we ended up in line behind them and as the wife turned around to talk to me, it dawned on me how I knew them. I said, “We were in line behind you last year – right over by the cold food section!" She laughed and said, “And we didn’t learn our lesson because here we are again! If I see you next year right here I’ll know there’s no hope for us.” It was so funny.

9 comments:

ANichols.Too said...

You're a brave, brave woman--i'm too chicken to try Black Friday! :)

That corgi :) said...

that was so funny about being in line with the same people from last year!! Too cute!! So brave of you and Amy to head out and do the shopping that you guys did! I have to agree with the management at Kohls and I'm glad they didn't let the people in who were trying to take cuts. Fair is fair and if someone is waiting in line for a long time, they "earned" the right to go in sooner than those that just showed up at the last moment.

betty

TinaM said...

I HATE the crowds, and that is why I never do Black Friday... until this year! lol
I only went to 2 stores though, I got everything I wanted, even though I was about # 200 in line at Target and didn't wait at all at Meijer! I really lucked out, and was surprised how smooth it all went!
I don't plan on making it a habit though... there were a couple things I really wanted :)
Glad your shopping trip went well!!!

vaspillman@aol.com said...

Did black friday ONCE! Never again! This year I did ALL my black friday shopping online! Same deals last all weekend! So I did mine that way the last two years, and love it! Saves all the stress of the crowds fussing...lol Garry loves it too, saves mileage on car and old man! haha

Thisisme said...

I've never heard of Black Friday over here in England, and certainly didn't know that the shops stayed open all night!!! Don't think I could cope with that !

Sandra said...

LOL! You know you're soul mates when a friendship develops among a mass of deal-craving shoppers!
We don't have Black Friday in Canada. We are very jealous!

Pat said...

You are INDEED a brave woman! And wow - that woman has quite a memory to remember you from last year! Holy cow!

Daisy said...

You're braver than I am! I stayed home on Black Friday. The boys (husband and son) went out late in the day when things weren't so wild.

Marla said...

Are you one of those crazy people? Tell me it isn't so!

Ok, maybe it does sound a little bit exciting but.... :-)