Friday, November 28, 2008

My New T-Shirt Should Read, "I Survived Black Friday Shopping!"

My 12-year-old daughter and I went out shopping this morning! We are not completely crazed. We didn't get to Target until a bit after 6 AM. Early enough for me!

We were immediately amused because there was a LIMO pulled up in front of the store. Okaaaaay. Now, how exactly are you saving money on Black Friday deals if you are RENTING A LIMO? Hmmmmm...

So, we made our wild dash to the toy aisles. We knew better than to get a cart because I know from past years that they just bog you down in "traffic." Our mission: FIND LEGO STAR WARS IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER. None were on the shelf and there was a big blank spot where they had been. Too late!!! Well, it was a long shot. Too bad because I had my light saber at the ready to fend off prospective buyers should there have been one lone box available. Ah well.

Next stop, electronics. New printer, CHECK. New camera... oh-oh! LOOK AT THAT LINE! But wait! Yes, they are BRINGING OUT MORE CAMERAS! Score! :) Camera, CHECK. :)

Dash over to movies. Find two at ridiculously low prices. CHECK!

Stand in line at the electronics counter to find out if they have any memory cards left from the sale. Look at the person next to me. NOTE THE LEGO STAR WARS IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER in her arms! "Where did you get that?" I ask. She pointed to an end cap far from the Lego aisle. I take off (as fast as you can take off with 100 people between you and your destination).

I pass by one empty end cap. I look ahead. I see a big box... I near the last end cap and THERE THEY ARE! So, LEGO STAR WARS IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER, CHECK! :)

I send Sarah off to find a cart while I guard our loot (which we can no longer carry). She snags the LAST CART in the store and zooms back to me. That's my girl! :)

So, we head around the perimeter of the store to get to the registers. THE LINE IS BACKED UP TO FROZEN FOODS at the far end of the store! OH NO!

We browse through clothing and end up near the cash registers again and this time NO LINE. Well! That was great!

I am THRILLED to hand over my 10% off EVERYTHING card to the cashier. "PLEASE don't forget to scan this," I say. And, of course, she forgets. Sigh. SOOOO, we are told to go to customer service where there is a HUGE LINE. Doesn't that just figure? But, while standing in line over there, I realized that I'd been overcharged $9 for one of the DVD's I bought, so it worked out.

We went a couple of other places and ended up at Russell Stover's for a chocolate fix. They had NOT ONE good sale. NOT ONE. I could have gotten some of their chocolate cheaper at Target with my 10% off. It was disappointing on one hand, but my waist was grateful. :)

We are back home and happy to have survived. I am PLEASED to report that we came across NO CRAZIES. Everyone was quite pleasant and cheerful even to the point of not arguing over who was in line first! It was nice to be out and about and seeing SMILES instead of grumblings.



Summer said...

It sounds like you guys did well.

I'm still recuperating! I, literally, shopped till' I dropped on as little as 2 hours of sleep. But overall it was fun. I was disappointed in the sales this year though.

Speedcat Hollydale said...

You are BRAVE!!!

I worked that day, and saw almost no traffic, except at and around the malls and Best Buy. There were long lines outside!

By mid afternoon it looked like rush hour. Shopping pandemonium for sure.

I shop the day before Xmas - crazy yes, but it is really fun to be out in the "moment" with all the holiday buzz going on.

Chris said...


Wow! 2 hours of sleep? How did you do it? I was barely functioning and I had almost 5 hours to go on.

My "deals" were helped by my having an extra 10% off coupon at Target. People were wanting to know where I got it! :)

I really had just as much fun hitting the deals on Amazon. They were amazing... and effortless.

Chris said...

Hi Eric!

I'm not brave. Sarah made me go. :) She thinks all the hoopla is hilarious. She's 12, so seeing all the crazy adults is funny to her. Although, we go late enough in the morning that the people are actually not being as frantic as the wait-in-the-cold-until-4AM people. I won't do that. If it can't be fun, we don't go.

Now, I think YOU are BRAVE to WAIT until the last minute to SHOP! WOW!! You must be able to find everything or you wouldn't do it that way. It is a fun day to be out shopping, though. I know what you mean about the feeling of being out in the moment.