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!