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    My best friend passed away from cancer in 2003. We had a tradition, since our children were little, of doing the Black Friday sales. It was the one day we spent together without kids and husbands. Over the years that we did this we had some hilarious things happen while we were shopping. One year we were at Walmart and I had finished my shopping but she wasn't finished. I left to go to Sears to purchase a major item I wanted and was going to return to pick her up later. When I returned to Walmart, there were police cruisers and fire trucks everywhere. I had no clue what was happening. There were people standing everywhere but I could not find her. I drove down every parking row looking for her. Finally, I heard someone calling my name, it was my friend. She had gotten in a vehicle with some other ladies who gave her shelter from the cold (it was freezing outside). Then she explained that immediately after I left they announced over the intercom that everyone needed to exit the store because there had been a bomb threat! We had lots of laughs over that. I still miss my friend, more so this time of the year. Now, my daughter and daughter-in-law tag along.

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    No way am I going out in that mess. I would rather swim with a bunch of piranhas than deal with those crowds.
    I will wait till Cyber Monday or whatever they call it.
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    If JoAnn's has Warm and Natural batting again for a really good price then that is all I will go out for.

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    I won't need to shop for anything then, I'm done. That day, I'm ready to feel the love of Christmas, not the greed that people get into after Thanksgiving.

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    I made my brother go with me last year-The only one we went to was Menards. My 2 favorite places to browse and shop are Hancocks and Menards.They both make my heart beat faster when I get to go

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    I LOVE black friday! But i guess I am fortunate in that we live in a smaller town. Usually take that week of of work and my sister and I go. Last couple of years my nephew's wife has gone with us. We would hit Kohl's plus maybe the mall then head to dunkin donuts for breakfast and get to Joann's around 5 and wait for an hour to get in. I gotta tell you, at our Joann's the people (customers and staff) are wonderful! Even though everyone is standing around getting fabric cut, they look out for each other. After two years of waiting in line we recognize each other. This year I probably won't be going. DH is not working so we are on a strict budget and my "niece" well lets just say not sure if I can tolerate her this year with everything going on. So we shall see. I may go later in the day nothing i really absolutely have to have. Looking for ideas for my great nephews (ages 7, 5, 4) and great niece (six months old) plus my two year old nephew that lives out of state.I have made the rag quilts, pillowcases. just not sure what I could make them this year - any ideas?

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    I hate to shop to begin with. My husband and I watch the grandchildren so our girls can go!

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    Sometimes I go, sometimes I don't - depends on what's on sale and what I need or want for gifts. My Target (290 @ Tidwell in Houston) has the most organized one ever - uses shopping baskets to keep people in a line so people can't cut in front at the last minute; employees well educated on what is on sale and where it is in the store; roving employees with ads to assist people; every checkout stand open; and everyone with a smile! It has made it a pleasure to shop there (and no, I don't work there or know personally anyone who does!). My second favorite place is JoAnn's.

    I also enjoy supporting local stores on Small Business day! We complain about the big box stores running them out of business but we also have to make a commitment to support them also!

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    I woulod rather kneel on rice than face those crowds! I find it is a great day to have people over to do crafts and sew.

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    My sister and I did it last year. We left the house at 9:30 p.m. to get up to Fort Worth and left at 8:00 a.m. to come home. We had so much fun and the people were so nice and in good moods. Our husbands said that we were crazy... How could we disagree with them. By the way...we are both in our mid 60's and still had a blast!

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    I quit doing that years ago when I discovered that the sales on that day were no big deal.
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    I'm with you-I was overseas when this started and was amazed when I visited and my nieces said they had to take a nap and not visit so they could hit the stores at midnight. My DH and I flew from Australia to spend the holiday with them and then they couldn't pass a sale???

    After that experience my DH and I decided to stop gift giving and to send a check to a local food bank in lieu of gifts to the family. I figured the food bank would appreciate it more!

    I have never been out during a sale like this as I hate crowds and am not one to like being pushed or shoved.

    But to each their own.

    Enjoy your holiday traditions and your families.

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    I love Black Friday Shopping. I have all my Christmas shopping done but I will still go. I enjoy it more not having anything in mind to buy. I've never been pushed or shoved in the stores I go to. I don't go to the electronic and toy sale stores. I like the smaller specialty stores.

    I don't visit relatives at holidays. Every family has their own way of doing what they enjoy that I may not be a fan of and vice-versa. I prefer to visit when nothing is going on and everyone wants to do something fun together.
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    yrs ago I worked at Walmart. My daughter and I got there early. I had to work at 6:30 am...she waited outside from 4:30. She was the first in line. The closer it got to them opening doors ..the more people were pushing her until she was smashed up against the door. I had to go on in to get ready. When the door was opened she got trampled and lost a shoe. I cried. She managed to get back on her feet...but never again! I heard the other day if you watch the ads during the months prior to the holidays you will probably get a better deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmrosie View Post
    Who are the black Friday shoppers and what do you plan on this year? I love Black Friday shopping and take the day off every year.
    I have never shopped on that day or ever plan to. And now I hear that Target is going to open at 9:00 PM on Thanksgiving night. I wouldn't step one foot into that store that night or the following day for all the fabric in town.
    Is that all there is to Thanksgiving??????? Black Friday?????? Why Black? Why give it such a depressing name!

    That is called spleen venting. Have a good evening. Edie
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    [QUOTE=Edie;5652592]I have never shopped on that day or ever plan to. And now I hear that Target is going to open at 9:00 PM on Thanksgiving night. I wouldn't step one foot into that store that night or the following day for all the fabric in town.
    Is that all there is to Thanksgiving??????? Black Friday?????? Why Black? Why give it such a depressing name!



    It is called Black Friday...because supposedly that is the day of the year that the stores go from running in the red to black
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    I love Black Friday!!! I shop that night, then you couldn't get me into a store until February. I am a woman with a mission that night....maybe that's why so many of you hate black friday. You must prepare..........prep........maybe a little camo makeup! LOL

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    You couldn't get me near a store on Black Friday. I take care of the grandsons so DD and DDIL can shop. They pick up the things we want to buy, so it works out great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crafty pat View Post
    I hate crowds and would would be willing to pay more to stay away from long lines and crowds. I have been lucky to find good prices on things after the crowds have gone.
    I feel the same way. The stores often run better sales closer to Christmas if you watch and wait. I have a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit when all the rude, obnoxious bargain hunters are out. Not everyone is that way, but, around here, the jerks outnumber the nice shoppers. Christmas has gotten way too commercial. I think too many people have forgotten the reason for the season. I wish we could go back to simpler times.

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    Not me. Too much drama trying to fight the crowds. I may go to the Navy Exchange. Their early bird specials run until 11 and they always have plenty to last; even high value items. For the most part most of the things that I may want are normally available in the afternoon so if I go it will be then. My daughter loves to go and I have no problem watching the kids so that she can have the fun.
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    The majority of shoppers want Black Friday so that's where the profit is. If the majority of shoppers stayed home then it would change. There aren't enough non Black Friday shoppers to make a difference. There are many stores and companies I boycott for different reasons but it only makes a difference to me, not them.
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    I've only done Black Friday once, since I dislike crowds and standing in lines; last year JoAnn's had a great sale on flannel, and I happened to still be up, so I went. Got there at opening time, and all the carts were already taken, and the line for the fabric counter was 20 people deep. I did find several bolts of flannel I liked, so braved the line. Since they use the number system I even got to sit down in the art department for a while. If I go again (only if there's a really good bargain on something I really want, and that's not likely with my current stash!) I will take a snack, a book, and of course my ever present water bottle. And get there even earlier, as the longer past opening the longer the lines.

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    I will be one of those harried sales people helping you buy and wrap your treasures. I am working 10:00 am until 6:00 pm (or later) that day. Happy shopping to you all!

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    i dont do black friday shopping if i dont have too
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    A more than a few years back, after retirement I needed some extra income. I took a seasonal job at Target. Of course, I worked Black Friday. It was a big deal for the cashier's. I arrived at work at 4:30 am and could not believe the crowd of pajama clad folks waiting for the early opening. When they opened the doors I was aghast! I'd never seen anything like that before. It was the lowest level of human behavior I had ever witnessed. I will never forget it. Now I don't even go for coffee or a loaf of bread on Black Friday. I think it is deplorable that we have started selling Christmas at Halloween and that we do not even keep the day of Thanksgiving sacred. There's no need to start selling at 8pm for the almighty buck. Sorry for my spouting off and thanks for the soap box. Now I will step down!

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