What can I say! I enjoy the crowds I guess. The nutty people. The deals, what deals anymore! I just really love Black Friday!
I remember when I was a teenager and the Black Friday tradition began. My mom and my sisters and I would get ready the day after Thanksgiving and head out to the then new mall. We would stand by the doors at Castner Knotts Department Store and impatiently wait for the store to open. We would talk to those around us as the space became less and less around you. Of course, as the worker came to open the doors to the store, you became crammed up against these same people as everyone works to get in the door as fast as possible. For all of this, we would receive a $25 gift card. I know that may not seem that much, but to a teenager needing to buy for many people, that was so EXCITING!
Once I had my son, you would have thought that I would have “grown” out of the need to go out hunting for a deal on this day. Instead, I pack my child up and take him along. He enjoys the nuttiness just about as much as I do. With child-in-tow, I typically meet family members and friends outside of our local mall at 4:30 AM. We usually bring with us a mug of coffee, a blanket, a coat and of COURSE the Black Friday ads! I quickly park and get in line with the other Black Fridayers. We stand in line until 5 AM when the mall officially opens. Once in the mall, everyone races to get their new spot in line that leads to the customer service counter. At 6 AM, the customer service department gives away gift cards. As I impatiently wait, I talk with my family and friends, our in-line neighbors and read through the ads one more time to make sure that my list includes all that I should purchase.
Now, to put this into prospective, the mall typically gives away 3 $100 gift cards. These gift cards can be used at any of the stores throughout the mall. They also give away gift cards that range from $10 to $20 for a total number of gift cards available being 500. With each gift card is also a bag of “goodies” which include coupons, gift cards to other stores, etc. In the past I have gotten the $20 gift card once, a few gift cards to other stores in addition to my $10 mall gift card, tickets to the Nashville Predators Hockey Game, and a ticket to an Opera. I usually use several of the coupons as well.
I am always amazed by the number of nutty people who show up for this gimmick! But I will not stop being included in that tally of nutty people! I know this year will be just as fun and as crazy as years past. And this is my after Thanksgiving tradition. What is yours?