black friday shopping

Black Friday @Saks

Normally when you think about Black Friday sales your mind goes to toys, big screen televisions and other electronic goodies.  But there are more things out there to shop for like shoes, clothing, purses and cosmetics – believe it or not.  So when I heard that Saks in Columbus, Ohio was going to have specials for Black Friday for four hours I just had to see what they would do for this day.  They didn’t let me down!  When I arrived there were no lines outside of their doors as the mall had already been open since who knows when and most shoppers were already inside…hitting other sales before the 8am starting pistol sounded for Saks.

Everyone who entered the store knew just what they were going for and made a bee line straight for those items.  Two of the most popular spots were in the contemporary clothing department and in the handbags.  Seriously! Those two spots had shoppers on a mission.  Those clothing items and handbags didn’t see it coming until it was too late.  Women were walking away with armloads of shirts and dresses to go and match them with purses and shoes.  The shoe department was the next biggest draw even though most of their items were on pre-sale.  There were quite a few men in there too going for their sale items with shirts seeming to be most popular quest for them.

The shoppers came in waves.  One batch would come in and get what they wanted and head off to either waiting cars or someplace else only to be replaced after a brief lull by the next wave.  But it was those first couple of waves that scored the best deals.  And what else was Saks providing for its shoppers besides some pretty great deals?  Coffee, hot chocolate, and buttery croissants!  Once that station was open for the customers there was an almost constant line for the goodies.  I was one of the many who stood there waiting to get my needed shot of coffee and a tasty croissant in order to carry on.  Later on in the afternoon wine and petits fours were there to shore up the resolve of the shoppers along with a jazz trio providing music.  The Saks Yeti was also helping out.

As usual it was a great and busy time in Saks.  I am certain there will be other sales and events as the days towards December 25th wind down…and then we get to see what will happen with the after Christmas sales!

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Scenes from Black Friday – The East Coast, South East and Midwest Edition

Black Friday is over and soon it will be Cyber Monday – just how much shopping can we stand?  Of course I’m being facetious but shoppers were out there in droves this past Friday.  There were bargains, there were sales, there were percentages off, and there were gift cards.  What did you stand in line for (or not depending on the crowd)?  Some parking lots were overflowing while others looked as if no one was coming.  Now perhaps that was due to some stores opening up late on Thanksgiving day or maybe by the time I and others got there their wave of shoppers had come and gone.

I did not see nor hear of any carnage from Black Friday shopping like people getting trampled or fights breaking out; maybe I just missed that news.  But here are some scenes from Black Friday shopping from some lovely friends and family who sent me their experience.  Represented here are Ohio, North and South Carolina, the D.C. metro area, Minnesota, and New Jersey.  So tell me, did you go out and what’s the best deal you scored?

Britt from South Carolina and My Big Beautiful Life deserves a medal for her Black Friday performance!  Not only was she up before the crack of dawn, she hit several stores and the gym before heading back home by 10am.  I salute you, Britt.  Here she is at Walmart, Belks, JCP and a cute shot of her head bow.

 

Shanticka from Minnesota and Spoon Full of Sugar sent in this photo of the snow and parking lot of her Best Buy.  I think they were a bit busy!

My nephew (no blogger he) sent me this picture from Staples in New Jersey taken at 4:52 in the morning.  Was that not a wild crowd standing in line at the door?

Karen from the D.C. Metro area of Your Stylist Karen shared the haul she was getting from the places she hit up:  Macy’s,  F21,  H&M and Loft.  Nice sweater there and did you fill up that sparkly shopping bag?

And Ashley from North Carolina of FabEllis shared mugging for the camera with her boyfriend while they stood in line for “less than two hours” at Belks in order to capture a $100 gift card for herself while boyfriend only scored a $10 gift card.  How did he get short changed?

And last but not least, yours truly did a few drive by shots of other stores here in Ohio before she hit her targeted mall and shopping spots (one in particular – Saks – to be featured soon).  These three had practically full lots by the time I drove past between 7 and 7:30 am.

   

Now just how many shopping bags could this person put in here?  I don’t think that big screen television is going to fit 😉