“Black Friday” Shopping Recap

Ok.  That’s not entirely true.  I bought a few items.

Black Friday shopping seems to be more about the social experience than it is about deals.  Most of the places that I usually visit offer similar deals all year.  So, as I walked around, I kept wondering what amazing deals did the folks with the enormous shopping bags find?

I made a morning stop at my local mall to visit Macy’s, The Limited, Gap, and Banana Republic.  I also visited Marshalls and TJ Maxx.

Here’s what I bought.

The Limited.  I really enjoyed shopping in the The Limited.  The workers were seriously promoting the available discounts of the day–an extra 40% off the entire store and another 15% off if you are a student, educator, or Limited card holder.  I left with a boucle jacket, a black sequined scarf, and the satisfaction from being able to compound discounts.

Banana Republic.  I have not been drawn to much in BR this fall, but 40% off everything in store was worth a look.  I left with a silk scarf that was on clearance.  FYI:  I tried to use my educator discount in addition to the 40% off and was denied!

Macy’s.  I like browsing INC clothing in Macy’s because they are reasonably priced and go on sale quite frequently.  I left empty handed though.

Gap.  An extra 50% off the entire store (before 8 am) caught my attention.  I have gotten used to stores extending their discounts to the entire day, though, so I strolled into the Gap at about 11am.  That discount was so over.  Once I realized, I made a u-turn out the door.

TJ Maxx.  While I did not find a $399 iPad, my local store hosted a designer bag shopping event.  After about an hour in the store, I think I had about 5 bags (Michael Kors, Cynthia Rowley, Badgley Mischka, B Mankowsky, and Dooney & Bourke) hanging on me.  I realized that I did not really want any of the bags after some serious deliberations.  I did buy a Michael Kors brown leather strap watch though.

Marshalls.  If Marshalls did anything special for Black Friday, I did not notice.  I imagine Marshalls saying, “look here people, it is Black Friday here everyday.”  My store was packed with MK crossbody bags and I left with a green (apple), Braided Grommet style by MICHAEL Michael Kors.

That was it!

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  1. November 28, 2010 / 2:45 am

    you are brave for joining the crowds šŸ™‚

  2. November 29, 2010 / 6:56 am

    I'm really loving the bucket bag. I'm sucker for bright colors and texture :). I stuck to online deals: a camel peacoat from J.Crew, a damask print puffer jacket from Nine West, a tunic dress and some cute Max Studio booties. That's a lot, now that I think about it!!

  3. November 29, 2010 / 2:36 pm

    @archives, Right! Luckily, crowds in Lexington only meant I could not get my usual parking spot right in front of the mall entrance šŸ™‚

    Wow @Sing! That is some list. Did you have to wait in a line for the electronics?

    Your hall sounds fantastic @caribelle. I really want a camel coat too.

  4. December 1, 2010 / 1:26 am

    I enjoy just being out and about on Black Friday, but I did pick up a few things.

    My haul:

    Champ's: gym shoes for my son (they were not on sale, but badly needed as he had gone up one shoe size since August!!!)

    Macy's: some gold (colored) hoops

    JCPenney's: sterling silver hoops and some fashion pearl earrings

    The Limited: A gray shift (or sheath?) dress…its a size too big, but my seamstress cousin (who was shopping with me) said she could alter it…it was regular $70, but I paid $30

    Marshall's: two silk scarves and a longer fashion scarf

    Bed, Bath, and Beyond: plastic shoe boxes (had a coupon)

    I'm trying to develop a classic style wardrobe and Friday's pieces (the dress, the scarves, and the basic earrings) are welcome additions…

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