My 2013 Black Friday Recap

This years Black Friday (or should I say “Black Thanksgiving”) was a little different than past years. Every year I have noticed a trend; the time stores open is earlier and earlier every year. With this change in opening times, I have seen a decline in the amount of people in stores after midnight (the original Black Friday opening time). This post will talk about my experience from this Black Friday and how I planned to score the deals.

Be Organized

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This year my boyfriend and his family planned to go Black Friday shopping together. To start the evening the whole family sat down after Thanksgiving dinner and reviewed the countless ads that were in the newspaper. We went through each store’s ad, taking notes on the best sales that appealed to us individually or possible Christmas gifts. My boyfriend wrote down each store and the best sales at each one. The list was pretty impressive. We went through the list and decided what we were for sure getting from each store. This helped us narrow down the list of stores to 5.

Wait to Shop

Black Friday lines wrap around buildings.

The next thing we figured out was the time to head out to the stores. Some stores were opening at 6 p.m., and we did not want to wait in long lines outside the stores. Also, it didn’t feel right going shopping so early on Thanksgiving. We headed out to the stores at 10 p.m. and were relieved to find a lack of people in the stores. We quickly found the items we wanted from each of the stores and enjoyed a speedy checkout.

Results

We finished shopping at 3 a.m. and ended up purchasing most of the items we had in mind before the trip. In all it was a successful trip because it was organized and planned ahead prior to leaving.

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Dressing Expensive for Less

Have you ever wondered where you can buy good quality fashionable clothes without blowing all your cash? I have found several stores that I continuously find great clothes for low prices.

Marshalls

I always get excited when I get a chance to shop at a Marshalls store. Unfortunately, the closest Marshalls to where I live is 60 miles away. Whenever I am traveling, I make a point to try and stop at this store because I always leave the store with extraordinary finds.  For those who are unfamiliar with the store, they sell name brand and designer fashion for up to 60% off the retail price. The image below is from the Marshalls’ Pinterest page. This crossbody purse was originally priced at $148 and was sold to a customer on clearance for $29!

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Goodwill

Goodwill and thrift stores in general are  some of the best places to find unique items for low prices. I never know what I will find at Goodwill, and that’s what makes it so great! When shopping there, I find many unique pieces that are in perfect like-new condition. Some of my favorite finds at Goodwill would be professional attire. When shopping for professional clothing pieces at “brand-new” clothing stores prices can be very pricey, but when I went to Goodwill I found shoes, dress pants and suit jackets (Josephine, Worthington, Rue 21 and Christopher & Banks brands) of pristine quality for under $10! In fact, I found two pairs of shoes (Bandolino and Naturalizer brands) for only $1.99! The professional clothing items I have purchased from Goodwill are shown below. I am able to have a decent selection of professional attire in my wardrobe because I have found these items for tremendously affordable prices.

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Brands: Bandolino & Naturalizer

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Brands: Josephine, Worthington, Rue 21, Christopher & Banks

Other stores where I find outstanding deals are Burlington Coat Factory and on the website buytrends.com. Although I have not yet purchased from BuyTrends, I have found many fashionable items for super low prices!

What stores do you recommend for finding quality clothing at low prices?