Thanksgiving Day & Black Friday
Posted: December 6, 2013
I have never participated in "Black Friday ". I like to shop, but the idea of joining thousands of other shoppers looking for deals before the crack of dawn never seemed like it would be that much fun. But with this year's promotions beginning on Thanksgiving night, I thought it might be worthwhile to venture to some national retail outlets to see how much money can be saved on Christmas gifts after eating our turkey dinner.
With six fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, and retailers counting on as much as 40 percent of their annual revenue on the holiday shopping season, it was not surprising to me that major retailers decided to open their doors on Thanksgiving night in an effort to squeeze as much money out of the shopping public as soon as possible.
But despite the sales promotions on Thanksgiving Day and "Black Friday ", sales were down for the first time in seven years, according to the retail industry's largest trade group. The number of shoppers were up, but sales were down.
On our way back to Hallie from visiting my girlfriend's relatives in the Wausau area, we stopped and shopped at a Michael's Arts & Crafts Store. After that, we noticed a long line forming in front of the Old Navy retail outlet. Apparently, if we were one of the first 500 customers to enter the store on Thanksgiving night, we were eligible to win $1 million as part of a nationwide promotion. (Needless to say, nobody in our shopping entourage won the big prize).
Upon our return home, the five of us in our group had intentions of heading out to Oakwood Mall and the surrounding retail stores to take advantage of more holiday bargains. However, after a full day of traveling, eating and standing in line outside of Old Navy, we decided that we would wait until the following day to finish our shopping experience.
We never made it back out to the mall on "Black Friday " until after 1pm. By then, most of the "Door Buster " sales were over. But the crowds had not diminshed. After about five hours walking and shopping throughout Oakwood Mall and the nearby retail stores, it was time to call it a day. The only major purchase we made was a new vacuum cleaner. Otherwise, we all saved money buying clothes and bedding items.
I doubt if I'll do "Black Friday " again, but I hope to stay awake long enough next year to shop later on Thanksgiving night. Unless the big turkey dinner makes it too difficult to get off the couch.