Nov 24, 2007

I may not be a hunter...

but I sure know how to sniff out a great door busting sale.   It's no surprise that Brian and I were up at 4 am on Black Friday.  Just like any other year, we were eager to hunt down some good deals, and boy did we ever.  
This year we shopped in Ann Arbor since we spent the night at my parents.  My sister, Meagan, joined us.  We didn't have much to buy on our list, but we were successful in finding great deals on everything we needed to. 
I know a lot of you out there are weary of Black Friday, but just take our advice for future years and you'll do fine.

1. If you're in a department store and find a check-out line thirty customers deep, seek out the men's suit section.  You'll find an old man there wearing pin stripes and possibly named George.  He'll take care of you.

2. No deal is ever worth messing with Kohl's.  If you don't believe me and you go there anyway, don't say I didn't warn you.  My favorite sales are usually at Target, Meijer, and Macy's.  

3.  Bring a husband.  He's very good at carrying items and holding your spot in line.  If he refuses, just remember, McDonald's McGriddles are a powerful motivator.  If he still refuses, promise him you'll take him to the Apple store. He'll have visions of iPod shuffles dancing in his head.

I recently read a blog that critiqued Black Friday - commenting on the Chinese factory products ending up in American landfills. Yes I can agree that a lot of Christmas gifts are superfluous and may never be appreciated, used or even needed. But I really try to do my best to buy quality items that my friends and family can appreciate. At the end of the day, all that matters is that I had a good time.  Isn't that the point?


Carrie said...

I think black Friday is fun too! I wish we could have gone this year, although, since there wasn't anything that we specifically needed or had our eye on, I guess we saved more money by not going! :) We went to Kohl's last year and it actually wasn't that bad. It was worth it to get a bunch of toys for 50% off!

Patty Ann said...

I found myself looking at ads for items that need replacing because they don't last very long. You're right about landfills.
I don't mind the crowds as long as people have a good attitude. It's worth standing in line to save a lot of money. And it becomes a tradition.

Sparkiechic said...

I agree! I am one of "those people" out looking for deals. I love it and do it every year. But this year was a little different, we hit up woodland mall at 7 am, no lines, no crowds, just peaceful shoppers. about as busy as any friday night. There were a few longer lines at jc penny, but we did as you and found the odd department and only waited about 5 minutes. But then around 9am, I was lucky to have steve be my stand in line spot saver while I picked up the last of our gifts at bath and body works. By that point the mall was like a zoo and he was hungry so we went out to a well earned breakfast at Wolfgangs...YUM!
Kuddos to a fellow Black Friday Gal!! :)