Black Friday Looms… ~by Gabby Angel

The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday arrives. My many years in retail, the mere thought of it all exhausts me. For most of us Thanksgiving is such a lovely day, family, food, fun and all the good stuff. A day for relaxing, giving voice to what we’re thankful for. That is something that was always important in our family growing up, it still is.

Anyway, the next day and Black Friday arrives. A few of Autumn’s and my sisters still carry on their shopping tradition. They hit those stores at such an insanely early hour and just keep rolling the whole entire day! Last year rumor had it, the one sister was still shopping until she dropped at one mall and it was 9 at night! She had been out shopping at the crack of dawn, too. Youngest sister said her eyes were glazing over at all the fine deals she had uncovered…But was it all worth it? The other sisters finally had to literally drag her to the car and get them all headed home. Clearly she was on a shopper’s high and they did the best thing for her! Well, upon hearing this I kind of thought it was funny and laughed…So did Autumn. You won’t catch us out there in the marketplace shopping on the dreaded Black Friday, ever!

Seriously, how can anyone endure the traffic, the crowds, those long lines, the bickering shoppers and all the rest? How many of you reading this actually shop on Black Friday, how many of you avoid it like the plague? I am always curious, it’s my nature…But I’m not nosy. Just comment on this subject either way, but only if you wish to. In my humble opinion only, does anyone really get a bargain and is it all worth the stress? It really is a retailers best and worst day, business is booming but the day is long and also exhausting. In my retail experience, the day is just plain scary, it really is!

People shove each other, argue over the merchandise, try to butt  ahead of each other in line and just get so ugly and nasty. As they race through the stores on the quest for a wonderful bargain, it all is just so stressful. Again, these are just my own thoughts, observations and opinions. For all of you who enjoy the craziness of this day…Have fun and do get enough rest the night before if possible. Because it really is a jungle out there, gear up and do be careful…Just a word of caution.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot…Happy shopping! 😉

20 thoughts on “Black Friday Looms… ~by Gabby Angel

  1. Theres no Thanksgiving or Black Friday here. Its shop whenever you feel like it 🙂 Most stores have some or the other discount all year long,but if you want really good discounts then the best time is holiday season – New year and Indian new year(Diwali).

    • It sounds like Diwali is a lot of fun! 🙂 It really is amazing how each country does things differently, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing yours and also thank you so much for reading! 🙂

  2. I think the last Black Friday I did was 2003. I was out shopping at 4 AM. Along with 50,000 other people.

    Never again, I said. Since then, I have ordered everything online. And it’s worked out beautifully. I don’t care about bargains. It’s worth more money to me not to have to fight the madding crowds.

    • You are very wise, ordering online is the way to go! You sure learned the hard way, didn’t you? I agree, the crowds are just far to crazy to deal with. It’s worth paying extra to avoid the insanity.

  3. I have to work so I won’t be shopping. I have shopped Black Friday once but I wasn’t a true Black Friday Shopper because I didn’t get up in the wee hours of the morning. I don’t get up in the wee hours of the morning for anything!

    • Hi Lauren! Autumn and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are both stunned, but happy. I left you a message on your blog, too. You are such a wonderful friend to us both, we value that so very much. Hugs from both twins! 🙂

    • Thank you Lauren! We are both so grateful and pleased to you for the first one, and for Dianda for the second. It’s so kind of you both to think so much of us twinnies and also our writing. We are still dancing on air! 🙂 🙂

  4. Good writing about Black Friday. I would not want to get stuck in all that pushing and shoving either. I am happier at home just relaxing and let the other rush around and most likely spend money they didn’t have to spend and may regret it, bargain or no bargain! But to each his own, as my mom used to say. 🙂

    • I am glad to hear you are staying away from the Back Friday madness Connie. What a good expression, “to each his own”! That’s the best way to sum it all up and your Mom was wise. 🙂

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