Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Black Friday 2013

Its here again, the holiday season is upon us and we all know what that means!!!!!  BLACK FRIDAY!!!!  This year was so much different than the past couple of years.  For starters since all the stores decided that Black Friday needs to start right smack dab in the middle of Thanksgiving day.  So we had to adjust our plans.  We did our prep dinner on Wednesday night before Thanksgiving because we had to leave out so early on Thanksgiving night. 

We met up at my sisters house and got out lists and coupons out and ready.  Sister 1 brought special Black Friday cookies that only Sister 2 likes so she got a full plate all to herself.

We had most of the crew for the Wednesday night meeting.  I say most and you will notice this as a trend throughout the post.  We rarely were all together at the same time. 

Look how cute we are and look at this spread that the Cook prepared for us.  It was sooooo good!!!  Homemade chips and salsa, spinach won tons, mini chicken pot pies and pizza pinwheels!  It was food overload!!  I was just hoping something would be gross but I managed to eat 1 or 2 of everything.

I think she got cold during the meeting.

The Black Friday Ho's with the Cook!  Minus one!

The drink situation was the same as the years past except for me, that case of water was mine, no Diet Coke here.  Its a sad moment but I have made it 11 months and I cant give in now.

Thanksgiving Day:

We met up at my sisters house for Thanksgiving dinner....that will be in a whole other post....and we did a Thanksgiving dinner our style.  We finished up dinner about 3 pm and it was time to go home and prep up for Black Friday. 

I discovered that getting ready for Black Friday and getting ready for a date/race are very much the same thing in my life.  I showered, shaved, powered, and fluffed!  Everything had to be done just right so I could shop like I needed too.

Black Friday HO's shirts this year.  We didn't have the list on the back this year because people make us stop so they can read them, and we don't have time to stop, its BLACK FRIDAY!

I even prepped up my legs for 30+ hours, Compression sleeves.

Once I was ready it was time to meet the girls and go shopping.  The surprise selfie was so much fun, for me at least, the rest didn't love them so much!

We left the house around 4:15pm.  We forgot to take the group picture at the house because Sister 1 was late so we took it in the parking lot of Wal-Mart while walking backwards.  Yet again we are missing one....Patty didn't join us until later. 

We had to call in reinforcements at Wal-Mart.  We needed more things than we had hands for.  This was the first sign that things were going to be different this year.  We got some of the "childrens" to stand in line while we ran around the store to get the blitz items we needed. 
The store was not as crowded as they have been in the past, not by a long shot.  There were a lot of people there but nothing like some of the years past.  And about 5:45 they started breaking pallets for people to get the items they came for.  It was nuts.  Most lines gave a ticket instead of the product so you didn't have to figure out how to carry a Ping Pong table around the store while shopping for other items.  (That's just an example, we didn't really get a Ping Pong table, I have to be discrete because some of the recipients of the presents could read this)

We managed to get all but 1 item on the list at Wal-Mart and were able to send the kids home before they could see what all we bought them.  Ha!  Once all the shopping round 1 was done and most of the check outs were done it was back in for round 2.  There was another round of sales at 8pm. 
After most of the hard work was done Patty showed up!  I think she planned that out but either way it was nice to see her!

We were trying to celebrate Patty's arrival with a few photos and the guy behind them gave them ears!  Ha, I couldn't crop it out it was just perfect.

The whole group again, minus Emma this time, she was in line!

We slightly underestimated the first haul of the night.  We filled up the car in the first 2 hours and had to smoosh into the car to get the first round delivered and the rest of the children home.  7 people in 2 seats.

After the car was empty we headed off to Huntsville to the bigger shopping centers.  We hit Target first and again I was totally surprised at the lack of a crowd.   We were able to walk through the store, pick up our items, and check out with very little waiting.  Now there was a line here at the electronics section but that was the only line.

The same thing happened at the next stop.  Lots of merchandise still on the shelves and no lines!  I think starting right in the middle of Thanksgiving day really thinned out the crowd.   After our 3rd stop we had to take a dinner break.  We needed food cause at this point I had bought a snack in all of the stores to hold me over.

We made a stop at the Steak-n-Shake for dinner and to regroup.  It was around midnight at this point and we were just getting cranked up.  We went to the Mall next, lots of stops and only one parking spot.  This was when you really noticed the crowds going down.  It was like the people who started at 6pm had gone home and the early morning shoppers hadn't come out yet.  We had the mall to ourselves.  We hit the entire indoor mall and I don't think we waited in one line.

Sister 2 did a wonderful dance outside the mall that caused quite a stir in the mall, I just wish I had video taped it!

Since we didn't wait and didn't fight crowds we had lots of time to do stuff like this...
and this....

and this was my favorite!  Over My Dead Body!!!
Another group photo....minus me this time!

We headed to the next stop.  This time it was an outdoor mall.  Do you know exactly how cold it is at 3am?  Really really cold, and we didn't notice at the indoor mall but when it was time to go to the outdoor mall we all started buying scarves and jackets for ourselves.  Some of the stores here were not open yet but some were and again we got in and out with no lines or anything.

Anybody want some candy???

And breaking into security to ride the Segway...we may have gone too far on this one!  But again no one was there to stop us!

With white shirts there was a contest to determine who could get the dirtiest, turns out Patty was the winner of this game when she spilt an entire Diet Coke down her sleeve.

IHOP was the busiest stop of the day and one of the most disappointing.  We were going on about 24 hours of being awake, 15 hours of shopping and 16 stores.  We did our final sit down and list organization of the day, however we didn't know this would be the final meal of the day.  It was so incredibly disappointing for a final meal.  The pancakes were burnt and hard, the service was terrible, and Sister 2 kept falling asleep.

After the meal we headed over to the other side of town.  We hit all the shops we needed on that end of town and another mall.  I was still amazed at the lack of crowds.  The people that would have normally been out at 5am didn't come out early because they assumed the good stuff was gone, the deal busters weren't there on Thanksgiving night because they were still having Thanksgiving maybe?!?  Just a guess on my part but that was just the idea that I got. 

We hit the final stop for our day and managed to get home after 20+ stores, gifts for 50+ and all before the sun went down.  That was another new one for us!  We did manage to shop for 24 hours, 24 hours of non-stop shopping.

I know that I got almost all of my list complete, the only things I didn't get were online order things or things that were not on sale at all.  I can get those on my lunch break during the week, no need to take up extra time on Black Friday.


It was an amazingly successful Black Friday but I just don't see the retailers doing it like this again.  Unless they were much busier in other locations I don't know if that they could justify keeping the stores open all night for no customers, but personally it worked out great for us!  We got done in record time!  Another great Black Friday in the books....I'm already ready to do it again next year!!!!

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