Have you looked at the calendar lately? Thanksgiving Day has past and everywhere you look preparations are being made for Christmas.
Today I am thankful for all the great “Black Friday” sales.
In the past, I rarely went to stores beyond Walgreens or Staples as the crowds were a big deterrent. Nothing says pending disaster like a crowded store with long lines and a group of tired boys whining about it all.
This year, only P and I went out. We even went to Kohl’s, a favorite shopping stop. But, back in Ohio and Maryland the check-out line could take you an hour to navigate. So, I never bothered. One upside to living up here is that Alaska is just not that populated. We still waited in line at Kohl’s, but only for about 15 or 20 minutes tops.
As for what we bought…
Well, it was mostly clothing essentials. Things like new winter boots for P (who’s in a size 10 now, but went with an 11 boot so he’d have room to grow) and packages of socks for all the boys made it into our bags. There was a fun, educational item for the boys picked up at Target which “Santa” is bringing for them. P lamented that he now knows most everything he’ll find under the tree. Such is life as a teenager who’s asked to help Mom.
What amazed me were the piles of door buster electronics still sitting around Wal-Mart in the afternoon. Maybe their distribution center sent a set number to each store and did not figure the one in our town would not have the mania typically associated with Wal-Mart on Black Friday. That sure wasn’t the case by my parents’ in Louisiana where Wal-Mart associates handed out bands at 3 a.m. for the privilege of buying the special deals.
So, while we didn’t join the buying frenzy for things like Blu-Ray players (which I do want to get at some point), laptops and iPod’s, we did get some much needed clothing items at a lower price than normal. (I also grabbed 2 Christmas themed project packs at In the Hands of a Child’s sale…the 40% off was extended, in case you thought it had passed you by.)