Did you go shopping today? "Black Friday" the biggest shopping day of the the year? This was the first year that I truly experienced the experience. I went shopping last year, but at like 10:00am and to like one store. I got what I wanted and went home, but I was far from finished with my Christmas shopping. This year, I decided I would go with my friends at 5am and try and knock out all my shopping in one day.
What an adventure. My friend picked me up at 4:45am. It was 18 degrees outside. We drove to the end of our street and had to WAIT to turn on to the main road. There was traffic at 4:45am AND someone proceeded to tailgate us for the majority of our ride to our first stop, Toys "R" Us. We passed the mall on our way. The parking lot looked like it was the middle of the afternoon, that is how crowded it was. At Toys "R" Us we there were absolutely no parking spots and the line wrapped about 2/3 of the way around the building. I was floored. I mean I've heard stories, but to witness it first hand is really quite something. Astonishingly, when we made it into the store they still had carts available, and we were off. Unfortunately, the specific thing we went there for ( something my friend wanted) was gone by the time we got inside. Oh well, we soldiered on and bought a few things. Then it was on to Target, Wal-Mart, Kohl's, and finally breakfast.
An FYI, Target and Wal-Mart have the "Black Friday" thing figured out. Target was even giving little gifts to everyone as they walked in. Toys "R" Us and Kohl's not so much. They should take a lesson from the other two for next year.
All in all I would say it was worth it. I am not completely finished shopping, but I would say that I am about 90% there, and I got some great deals. Also, the adventure with my girls was a blast!
So, did you shop today? Did you get your shopping done? and How early did you start?