Black Friday is a shopping day both hubby and I look forward to year after year. Last year we missed out since he was deployed so we were looking forward to it all the more this year.
We started the Black Friday shopping when we got married, before then I never really gave it a thought and my family never took part in it. So it is now one of our traditions as we get ready for the Christmas season.
It seems that the sales start earlier and earlier now, Toys R Us opened at 10:00pm Thanksgiving evening in some places, others at 12:00am with a host of other stores doing the same. I don’t get into that and I might, had there been something I just could not live without.
Out morning started like 3-4 hours after we went to bed, it was 3:00am. The store we had in mind to get to was not the usual Wal*Mart, this time the deals for us were at Best Buy. Best Buy runs things differently and they hand out tickets for big items or popular, rather what they deem will be popular. There plan works.
We had our eyes on several items as Christmas gifts, I will not mention what any of them were, they were gifts to each-other. You will have to find out on Christmas just what we were looking for. We hoped 3:30am would be early enough, although several nights before hubby saw people in tents outside Best Buy, so I was a little worried. Come on people…tents…days before the sale. A little overkill for me but whatever it was, they must have really wanted it.
Our very first stop though was Starbucks!! The best way to start the Black Friday shopping day. Then we headed to Best Buy and the line was already very long. But we had Starbucks and a very chatty guy in line with us.
Here I am holding out Starbucks while hubby walked around checking the line out and trying to decide what we needed a ticket for and what items would not require a ticket. There were tons of people who came after us, so I am glad we got there when we did.
We were way in the back of the line, not all the way back though. At 4:15am the friendly Best Buy Guy walked around with a loud speaker thingy letting everyone know what was going on. Come to find out one item we thought we needed a ticket for, didn’t and another item we thought did not need one, needed it. With the item that needed the ticket, we were 5/15. So happily 14 other people got the item along with us.
This was civilized. There was no screaming, pushing, name-calling going on here. There were tickets. They start at the front asking what you want and handed out tickets to items till there were no more. No more tickets, no more stock of said item. People calmly walked away if they could not get the item they wanted. They went on to another store I assume. No more wasted time. It was great.
We went to just about every store you can think of. We bought Christmas gifts as well as some stuff for our home that we needed but for half the money. It was a great day of shopping. We stopped off at the Olive Garden for lunch when we finished shopping. The food was great. After lunch it was time to head home for a nice several hour nap before round 2 of our Black Friday which is: Finding the perfect Christmas Tree.
Do you ever go shopping on Black Friday or is it not your thing?