Black Friday

Orange County is divided. There is North Orange County and South Orange County. No one in North Orange County ever admits to living there. They will say, "I live near Disneyland," or "I live in Orange County," but they will never, ever, say, "I live in North Orange County."  It's just not verbalized, ever. There are some nice areas in North Orange County, but the North does not have the status or the sparkling image of the South.

Let's pause for a minute so that my North County readers can send me a few quick angry emails.  Okay, then …

People who live in South Orange County are very outspoken about it.  The two areas are as different as night and day and no one living in South Orange County wants to be mistakenly connected to North Orange County.  South Orange County is more affluent and even those struggling financially here feel like they are a part of a richer lifestyle just by saying, "I might not be able to pay my bills but I live in South County."  South County is cleaner, less congested, the land of ritzy outdoor malls, and home to the uber rich and famous.

It's like a civil war, but slightly different.

The TV shows about Orange County are all based on South County.

South County is the land of materialism and superficiality.  Image matters.  The type of car you drive, the size of your home, all the materialistic stuff is taken into account when you meet a Money Town resident and get sized up.  I can't emphasize enough how important money and things are to the Money Town people who live here.  The South is the land of plastic. People live on their platinum plastic cards and people look plastic from all of their cosmetic surgery.

I am neither rich nor a celebrity.  I'm not the least bit plastic yet either.  (However, if my nipples ever touch my knees I WILL reconsider my decision to forego plastic surgery.)

I never tire of the humor I'm surrounded with.  Money Town people are flat-out funny. Their lifestyle is so insanely important to them, how can they not make you smile? 

TR and I went shopping on "Black Friday."  It's usually frenzied madness. Merchants offer sales and "deals" and normally rational people go berserk trying to save a buck.  I'm sure many of you heard that a Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death this year in New York when he unlocked the doors to open the store?

What could possibly be so important inside a Wal-Mart?  Discounted wrapping paper?

My entire life I've made a point to avoid shopping on Black Friday.  I'm an introvert at heart, I don't really enjoy shopping; crowds and long lines irritate me. God played a joke on me and gave me a daughter like TR.  She loves to shop and thrills at the excitement of Black Friday.  Last year she talked me into a 4 a.m. Black Friday shopping expedition. This year, we arrived a little later but we were still there participating with all the crazies. 

It was a cool 72 degrees this year.  (I turn my heater on when it hits 70, because brrrrr!) I've never seen so many girls wearing short shorts and/or very short skirts with Ugg boots.  Some of them also threw a scarf around their neck as if the weather was cold. They looked … ridiculous.  Really?  What can they be thinking? Is this supposed to be sexy?  In contrast, I wore jeans, a t-shirt, and flip flops.  You know it's winter here when I'm wearing jeans instead of shorts.  

I'm always a fashion statement.  

At our first stop, a local mall, there were a lot of shoppers.  There were not a lot of people buying though.  It seemed like many people were purchasing only sale items, fewer items than years past, and "window shopping" which is not typical on Black Friday. Granted, I was not at an electronics store.  Maybe the huge plasma TVs were hopping off the shelves like they were last year, but I didn't see many people purchasing much.

The biggest shock came when we visited the Irvine Spectrum.  The Spectrum is a huge outdoor mall and on any given day it's packed.  Except it wasn't.  I've never seen the place so empty.  There wasn't even anyone on the ferris wheel.

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I know it might seem strange to some of you that we have outdoor malls.  Stranger still that we have ferris wheels in the middle of them, but the weather here allows it.  There are also a lot of fountains at our outdoor malls and oftentimes there's a band playing too.

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No, this is not Disneyland.  This is a mall on Black Friday.  Where are the crowds? 

We ended up stopping into several local malls over the weekend.  It did seem like the high end stores were still selling to the exceptionally rich.  A Louis Vuitton salesman told me he had sold a $110,000 purse.  A personal shopper made the purchase for her client. He joked about wishing he had that amount of money "to buy a few cars."  Overall, however, he reported business was slow.

Personally, I didn't buy much either.  I purchased each of my kids one pair of jeans and that was pretty much it.  I haven't been out at all this week due to being sick.  Maybe things have picked up?  I can't help wondering though, if it's this slow in affluent South County, what's it like in the rest of the country?  Or for that matter, in the rest of the world?  Is everyone waiting until the last minute to purchase gifts?  What's it like where you live?

66 Responses to “Black Friday”

  1. SSG

    We don’t have “black Friday” but normally there is a big rush up to Christmas. But the recession is hitting everyone and lots of people aren’t buying so much, or “going the whole hog”. Some of my friends and I have agreed not to buy each other presents but just have a festive evening together instead which will be more fun anyways. And some stores are already having sales BEFORE Christmas, which usually doesn’t happen. It has to be said that my age group are supposed to be least affected by the recession- no mortgage, no loans, no children, and spending has increased on-line. The cheap supermarkets are doing better and the more expensive shops are suffering I think.

  2. SSG

    We don’t have “black Friday” but normally there is a big rush up to Christmas. But the recession is hitting everyone and lots of people aren’t buying so much, or “going the whole hog”. Some of my friends and I have agreed not to buy each other presents but just have a festive evening together instead which will be more fun anyways. And some stores are already having sales BEFORE Christmas, which usually doesn’t happen. It has to be said that my age group are supposed to be least affected by the recession- no mortgage, no loans, no children, and spending has increased on-line. The cheap supermarkets are doing better and the more expensive shops are suffering I think.

  3. SSG

    We don’t have “black Friday” but normally there is a big rush up to Christmas. But the recession is hitting everyone and lots of people aren’t buying so much, or “going the whole hog”. Some of my friends and I have agreed not to buy each other presents but just have a festive evening together instead which will be more fun anyways. And some stores are already having sales BEFORE Christmas, which usually doesn’t happen. It has to be said that my age group are supposed to be least affected by the recession- no mortgage, no loans, no children, and spending has increased on-line. The cheap supermarkets are doing better and the more expensive shops are suffering I think.

  4. MadWoman

    We don’t have “Black Friday” here either, and I’m so glad of that fact. I was appalled to hear on the news of the guy that was trampled. How insane is that?! Did you really need that Elmo toy that bad?
    I think that’s where all your rich folks went….to Walmart. They can’t afford anything in South County anymore so they headed to Walmart. It’s their fault.

  5. MadWoman

    We don’t have “Black Friday” here either, and I’m so glad of that fact. I was appalled to hear on the news of the guy that was trampled. How insane is that?! Did you really need that Elmo toy that bad?
    I think that’s where all your rich folks went….to Walmart. They can’t afford anything in South County anymore so they headed to Walmart. It’s their fault.

  6. MadWoman

    We don’t have “Black Friday” here either, and I’m so glad of that fact. I was appalled to hear on the news of the guy that was trampled. How insane is that?! Did you really need that Elmo toy that bad?
    I think that’s where all your rich folks went….to Walmart. They can’t afford anything in South County anymore so they headed to Walmart. It’s their fault.

  7. Debrabby

    We do have BLACK FRIDAY, and although I worked I am on my way to work while the ‘crazies’ are out. WALLIEWORLD was packed to the gills. What I found fascinating was that on Thanksgiving Day around 6PM there were people in tents set up waiting for BestBuy to open. What could possibly be in a store that would require you to camp out overnight? Mind you there wasns’t just one tent, there were many tents. I don’t quite get that. It’s strange though because the day after BF, the malls were totally empty. Oh we have outdoor malls too…but like you I live in sunny Florida the land of palm trees where it normally in the 70’s during the winter too. Although we have had a bit of artic weather from Canada the past few weeks, real strange.

  8. Debrabby

    We do have BLACK FRIDAY, and although I worked I am on my way to work while the ‘crazies’ are out. WALLIEWORLD was packed to the gills. What I found fascinating was that on Thanksgiving Day around 6PM there were people in tents set up waiting for BestBuy to open. What could possibly be in a store that would require you to camp out overnight? Mind you there wasns’t just one tent, there were many tents. I don’t quite get that. It’s strange though because the day after BF, the malls were totally empty. Oh we have outdoor malls too…but like you I live in sunny Florida the land of palm trees where it normally in the 70’s during the winter too. Although we have had a bit of artic weather from Canada the past few weeks, real strange.

  9. Debrabby

    We do have BLACK FRIDAY, and although I worked I am on my way to work while the ‘crazies’ are out. WALLIEWORLD was packed to the gills. What I found fascinating was that on Thanksgiving Day around 6PM there were people in tents set up waiting for BestBuy to open. What could possibly be in a store that would require you to camp out overnight? Mind you there wasns’t just one tent, there were many tents. I don’t quite get that. It’s strange though because the day after BF, the malls were totally empty. Oh we have outdoor malls too…but like you I live in sunny Florida the land of palm trees where it normally in the 70’s during the winter too. Although we have had a bit of artic weather from Canada the past few weeks, real strange.

  10. sometimessophia

    We hate to shop and avoid Black Friday at all costs. In our travels this past month, the only store that was teeming with shoppers was a Christmas Tree Shop, which sells selected merchandise at ridiculously low prices… sort of like a Big Lots. Like Walmart, these places are the only ones that seem to be making a profit in this economy. (I don’t think the vast majority of Americans has any idea just how radically life will change in the next few years.) It’s ironic that the government declared just this week that our economy is in recession. Duh! Talk about spin doctors and the Bush administration… In your gut, didn’t you realize that the recession was here when Bear Stearns went belly up?

  11. sometimessophia

    We hate to shop and avoid Black Friday at all costs. In our travels this past month, the only store that was teeming with shoppers was a Christmas Tree Shop, which sells selected merchandise at ridiculously low prices… sort of like a Big Lots. Like Walmart, these places are the only ones that seem to be making a profit in this economy. (I don’t think the vast majority of Americans has any idea just how radically life will change in the next few years.) It’s ironic that the government declared just this week that our economy is in recession. Duh! Talk about spin doctors and the Bush administration… In your gut, didn’t you realize that the recession was here when Bear Stearns went belly up?

  12. sometimessophia

    We hate to shop and avoid Black Friday at all costs. In our travels this past month, the only store that was teeming with shoppers was a Christmas Tree Shop, which sells selected merchandise at ridiculously low prices… sort of like a Big Lots. Like Walmart, these places are the only ones that seem to be making a profit in this economy. (I don’t think the vast majority of Americans has any idea just how radically life will change in the next few years.) It’s ironic that the government declared just this week that our economy is in recession. Duh! Talk about spin doctors and the Bush administration… In your gut, didn’t you realize that the recession was here when Bear Stearns went belly up?

  13. Kristan Hoffman

    I had never been out on Black Friday until Andy and his mom took me last week, but I too noticed it didn’t live up to the hype of being the craziest, busiest, most packed day ever. I did get some cute stuff, though! http://jbu.phuzzymath.net/2008/11/28/black-friday-shopping-spree/
    And their family got a Wii from Walmart, so it’s not like there’s NOTHING there! Although it’s not worth trampling someone to death for… That’s actually really sad. :

  14. Kristan Hoffman

    I had never been out on Black Friday until Andy and his mom took me last week, but I too noticed it didn’t live up to the hype of being the craziest, busiest, most packed day ever. I did get some cute stuff, though! http://jbu.phuzzymath.net/2008/11/28/black-friday-shopping-spree/
    And their family got a Wii from Walmart, so it’s not like there’s NOTHING there! Although it’s not worth trampling someone to death for… That’s actually really sad. :

  15. Kristan Hoffman

    I had never been out on Black Friday until Andy and his mom took me last week, but I too noticed it didn’t live up to the hype of being the craziest, busiest, most packed day ever. I did get some cute stuff, though! http://jbu.phuzzymath.net/2008/11/28/black-friday-shopping-spree/
    And their family got a Wii from Walmart, so it’s not like there’s NOTHING there! Although it’s not worth trampling someone to death for… That’s actually really sad. :

  16. ballerinatoes

    I didn’t go out on Friday, but had to pick up a necessity at the mall on Saturday (yes, The Body Shop’s Body Butter is a necessity!)
    I got there at 10, left at 10:30 and the parking lot was filling up fast. Also, on my way out, the Starbucks line was about 20 deep. The Wal-Mart, Old Navy, Ross power center looked like absolute madness. So, here in Oklahoma, I don’t know if people are buying or not, but they are sure as hell out there getting in my way. 😉

  17. ballerinatoes

    I didn’t go out on Friday, but had to pick up a necessity at the mall on Saturday (yes, The Body Shop’s Body Butter is a necessity!)
    I got there at 10, left at 10:30 and the parking lot was filling up fast. Also, on my way out, the Starbucks line was about 20 deep. The Wal-Mart, Old Navy, Ross power center looked like absolute madness. So, here in Oklahoma, I don’t know if people are buying or not, but they are sure as hell out there getting in my way. 😉

  18. ballerinatoes

    I didn’t go out on Friday, but had to pick up a necessity at the mall on Saturday (yes, The Body Shop’s Body Butter is a necessity!)
    I got there at 10, left at 10:30 and the parking lot was filling up fast. Also, on my way out, the Starbucks line was about 20 deep. The Wal-Mart, Old Navy, Ross power center looked like absolute madness. So, here in Oklahoma, I don’t know if people are buying or not, but they are sure as hell out there getting in my way. 😉

  19. EricaB

    I, personally, haven’t done much shopping either. I have done most of it online to avoid the crowds and to get some good deals. But while walking downtown yesterday I was surprised how quiet it was…very few people out there shopping.
    And, BTW, it was 40 here yesterday and I was wearing something very similar to what you wore on Friday 🙂 40 is nice here!

  20. EricaB

    I, personally, haven’t done much shopping either. I have done most of it online to avoid the crowds and to get some good deals. But while walking downtown yesterday I was surprised how quiet it was…very few people out there shopping.
    And, BTW, it was 40 here yesterday and I was wearing something very similar to what you wore on Friday 🙂 40 is nice here!

  21. EricaB

    I, personally, haven’t done much shopping either. I have done most of it online to avoid the crowds and to get some good deals. But while walking downtown yesterday I was surprised how quiet it was…very few people out there shopping.
    And, BTW, it was 40 here yesterday and I was wearing something very similar to what you wore on Friday 🙂 40 is nice here!

  22. Lo

    god. take a look at my blog and you’ll see photos i snapped last night of my drive home. miserable snow.
    i’m from southern cali, fallbrook, near camp pendleton and let me tell you- i miss my outdoor malls. we have one here in IL, “Old Orchard”, and i swear to you? i love shopping there. cuz it’s outdoor. reminds me of home. sigh.

  23. Lo

    god. take a look at my blog and you’ll see photos i snapped last night of my drive home. miserable snow.
    i’m from southern cali, fallbrook, near camp pendleton and let me tell you- i miss my outdoor malls. we have one here in IL, “Old Orchard”, and i swear to you? i love shopping there. cuz it’s outdoor. reminds me of home. sigh.

  24. Lo

    god. take a look at my blog and you’ll see photos i snapped last night of my drive home. miserable snow.
    i’m from southern cali, fallbrook, near camp pendleton and let me tell you- i miss my outdoor malls. we have one here in IL, “Old Orchard”, and i swear to you? i love shopping there. cuz it’s outdoor. reminds me of home. sigh.

  25. Hallie

    I wrote this comment once and then POOF, it was gone!! UGH.
    Anyway, I just wrote that I was going to tell you all about what shopping is like here in Maine but then decided not to. Cuz you think 70 degrees is cold. Which made me mad!! Woke up to 31 degrees today. Also woke up to vibrating wieners!! NOT GOOD.
    Great blog. Will be back. 🙂
    Hallie
    http://wonderfulworldofweiners.blogspot.com/

  26. Hallie

    I wrote this comment once and then POOF, it was gone!! UGH.
    Anyway, I just wrote that I was going to tell you all about what shopping is like here in Maine but then decided not to. Cuz you think 70 degrees is cold. Which made me mad!! Woke up to 31 degrees today. Also woke up to vibrating wieners!! NOT GOOD.
    Great blog. Will be back. 🙂
    Hallie
    http://wonderfulworldofweiners.blogspot.com/

  27. Hallie

    I wrote this comment once and then POOF, it was gone!! UGH.
    Anyway, I just wrote that I was going to tell you all about what shopping is like here in Maine but then decided not to. Cuz you think 70 degrees is cold. Which made me mad!! Woke up to 31 degrees today. Also woke up to vibrating wieners!! NOT GOOD.
    Great blog. Will be back. 🙂
    Hallie
    http://wonderfulworldofweiners.blogspot.com/

  28. Linda

    I’m with you 24. I’m not much of a shopper (get in, get what you came for & get out) and especially NOT on Black Friday. I do most of my shopping online. No kids so that cuts way back on the “gotta have it” list. Of course the ELPH is a big kid but he’s easy. I sends me an email witha link to the web page of what he wants. I just order it & wrap it up! Neices & nephews are at the picky stage. They get giftcards to the store of their choice.

  29. Linda

    I’m with you 24. I’m not much of a shopper (get in, get what you came for & get out) and especially NOT on Black Friday. I do most of my shopping online. No kids so that cuts way back on the “gotta have it” list. Of course the ELPH is a big kid but he’s easy. I sends me an email witha link to the web page of what he wants. I just order it & wrap it up! Neices & nephews are at the picky stage. They get giftcards to the store of their choice.

  30. Linda

    I’m with you 24. I’m not much of a shopper (get in, get what you came for & get out) and especially NOT on Black Friday. I do most of my shopping online. No kids so that cuts way back on the “gotta have it” list. Of course the ELPH is a big kid but he’s easy. I sends me an email witha link to the web page of what he wants. I just order it & wrap it up! Neices & nephews are at the picky stage. They get giftcards to the store of their choice.

  31. mama llama

    I didn’t go out on Black Friday, either. But I did on Saturday and was surprised that there weren’t the people out I expected to be out. In the morning, there was nobody (which I attributed to Black Friday hangover) but even in the afternoon, parking spaces were to be had, which in Major Metro Eastern Corridor USA is sometimes a true gold find.
    Princesita and I made up a little tune to go with Jingle Bells yesterday:
    Point-click buy,
    point-click buy,
    find the free shipping…
    you get the point.
    Be well, 24.

  32. mama llama

    I didn’t go out on Black Friday, either. But I did on Saturday and was surprised that there weren’t the people out I expected to be out. In the morning, there was nobody (which I attributed to Black Friday hangover) but even in the afternoon, parking spaces were to be had, which in Major Metro Eastern Corridor USA is sometimes a true gold find.
    Princesita and I made up a little tune to go with Jingle Bells yesterday:
    Point-click buy,
    point-click buy,
    find the free shipping…
    you get the point.
    Be well, 24.

  33. mama llama

    I didn’t go out on Black Friday, either. But I did on Saturday and was surprised that there weren’t the people out I expected to be out. In the morning, there was nobody (which I attributed to Black Friday hangover) but even in the afternoon, parking spaces were to be had, which in Major Metro Eastern Corridor USA is sometimes a true gold find.
    Princesita and I made up a little tune to go with Jingle Bells yesterday:
    Point-click buy,
    point-click buy,
    find the free shipping…
    you get the point.
    Be well, 24.

  34. Judi

    Old Orchard! I grew up in the Chicago suburbs (Park Ridge), and used to shop at Old Orchard and Golf Mill Mall (which used to be an outdoor mall). Great memories.
    I am shocked to see that the Spectrum was so empty! I’ve never seen so few people there. I didn’t go out shopping on Black Friday, but hubby and I had to drive by South Coast Plaza on Friday afternoon and the parking lots all looked packed.
    We haven’t shopped much yet, but between our two families, we have 5 birthdays between 12/21-12/29, so I’ll be hitting the malls very soon.

  35. Judi

    Old Orchard! I grew up in the Chicago suburbs (Park Ridge), and used to shop at Old Orchard and Golf Mill Mall (which used to be an outdoor mall). Great memories.
    I am shocked to see that the Spectrum was so empty! I’ve never seen so few people there. I didn’t go out shopping on Black Friday, but hubby and I had to drive by South Coast Plaza on Friday afternoon and the parking lots all looked packed.
    We haven’t shopped much yet, but between our two families, we have 5 birthdays between 12/21-12/29, so I’ll be hitting the malls very soon.

  36. Judi

    Old Orchard! I grew up in the Chicago suburbs (Park Ridge), and used to shop at Old Orchard and Golf Mill Mall (which used to be an outdoor mall). Great memories.
    I am shocked to see that the Spectrum was so empty! I’ve never seen so few people there. I didn’t go out shopping on Black Friday, but hubby and I had to drive by South Coast Plaza on Friday afternoon and the parking lots all looked packed.
    We haven’t shopped much yet, but between our two families, we have 5 birthdays between 12/21-12/29, so I’ll be hitting the malls very soon.

  37. Midlife Mama

    I went out on Black Friday for the first time this year, but only to one specific store, and I knew they were having a $5 sweater sale, and so I had to go. Besides, their opening time was much more reasonable — 7:00am. I doubt I’d go out even for $5 sweaters at 4am!
    *shaking head* $110,000 purse. That is truly outrageous. I’d be debt-free plus with that kind of dough. And she bought a purse??? At the risk of being a bit liberal, even half that amount would feed a lot of hungry people.

  38. Midlife Mama

    I went out on Black Friday for the first time this year, but only to one specific store, and I knew they were having a $5 sweater sale, and so I had to go. Besides, their opening time was much more reasonable — 7:00am. I doubt I’d go out even for $5 sweaters at 4am!
    *shaking head* $110,000 purse. That is truly outrageous. I’d be debt-free plus with that kind of dough. And she bought a purse??? At the risk of being a bit liberal, even half that amount would feed a lot of hungry people.

  39. Midlife Mama

    I went out on Black Friday for the first time this year, but only to one specific store, and I knew they were having a $5 sweater sale, and so I had to go. Besides, their opening time was much more reasonable — 7:00am. I doubt I’d go out even for $5 sweaters at 4am!
    *shaking head* $110,000 purse. That is truly outrageous. I’d be debt-free plus with that kind of dough. And she bought a purse??? At the risk of being a bit liberal, even half that amount would feed a lot of hungry people.

  40. jill prettyman

    Hey I live in north Orange county, well really I would call it more central, and I’m proud of it “yeah North Tustin”

  41. jill prettyman

    Hey I live in north Orange county, well really I would call it more central, and I’m proud of it “yeah North Tustin”

  42. jill prettyman

    Hey I live in north Orange county, well really I would call it more central, and I’m proud of it “yeah North Tustin”

  43. Deb

    So I live in North County. No it isn’t as nice here. No one wastes money on $110,000 purses either. That’s a benefit. You seem very down to earth. I don’t know how when you’re surrounded by that life.

  44. Deb

    So I live in North County. No it isn’t as nice here. No one wastes money on $110,000 purses either. That’s a benefit. You seem very down to earth. I don’t know how when you’re surrounded by that life.

  45. Deb

    So I live in North County. No it isn’t as nice here. No one wastes money on $110,000 purses either. That’s a benefit. You seem very down to earth. I don’t know how when you’re surrounded by that life.

  46. Kelly

    I want a ferris wheel! And palm trees like that!! And a clear, sunny, blue sky to go with.
    Sigh!

  47. Kelly

    I want a ferris wheel! And palm trees like that!! And a clear, sunny, blue sky to go with.
    Sigh!

  48. Kelly

    I want a ferris wheel! And palm trees like that!! And a clear, sunny, blue sky to go with.
    Sigh!

  49. goodfather

    Outdoor malls?! Cooool… I would love to live in a warm climate, heheh. Here, our malls are underground in rain-proof bunkers.
    My wife did Target at 6:00 AM, which was doing very brisk business on Black Friday. Overall, I’d say our area is getting good traffic. Hard to know for sure, though.

  50. goodfather

    Outdoor malls?! Cooool… I would love to live in a warm climate, heheh. Here, our malls are underground in rain-proof bunkers.
    My wife did Target at 6:00 AM, which was doing very brisk business on Black Friday. Overall, I’d say our area is getting good traffic. Hard to know for sure, though.

  51. goodfather

    Outdoor malls?! Cooool… I would love to live in a warm climate, heheh. Here, our malls are underground in rain-proof bunkers.
    My wife did Target at 6:00 AM, which was doing very brisk business on Black Friday. Overall, I’d say our area is getting good traffic. Hard to know for sure, though.

  52. Sandra

    I live in Silicon Valley but was visting my parents near Auburn CA so I ventured to a Kmart in Grass Valley at 10am on Black Friday and was shocked to see NO lines. The Doorbusters ended at 11am so I was really surprised. 3 or 4 years ago (the first time I ever did black friday shopping) I went to Sears in Silicon Valley and stood in line at the register for an hour to buy a Princess Comforter for my mother to give to my daughter for Xmas. An hour people. Which is why I was seroiusly shocked on my 2nd BF experience to have no lines at all. But I got some great Hannah Montana deals so Go Me!

  53. Sandra

    I live in Silicon Valley but was visting my parents near Auburn CA so I ventured to a Kmart in Grass Valley at 10am on Black Friday and was shocked to see NO lines. The Doorbusters ended at 11am so I was really surprised. 3 or 4 years ago (the first time I ever did black friday shopping) I went to Sears in Silicon Valley and stood in line at the register for an hour to buy a Princess Comforter for my mother to give to my daughter for Xmas. An hour people. Which is why I was seroiusly shocked on my 2nd BF experience to have no lines at all. But I got some great Hannah Montana deals so Go Me!

  54. Sandra

    I live in Silicon Valley but was visting my parents near Auburn CA so I ventured to a Kmart in Grass Valley at 10am on Black Friday and was shocked to see NO lines. The Doorbusters ended at 11am so I was really surprised. 3 or 4 years ago (the first time I ever did black friday shopping) I went to Sears in Silicon Valley and stood in line at the register for an hour to buy a Princess Comforter for my mother to give to my daughter for Xmas. An hour people. Which is why I was seroiusly shocked on my 2nd BF experience to have no lines at all. But I got some great Hannah Montana deals so Go Me!

  55. Helena

    I’m not a big shopper either. Can’t stand the pushing and shoving. But I have noticed here that the department stores and bigger chains have special discount days to try and pull in customers. In the past they never used to do that in the run up to Christmas.

  56. Helena

    I’m not a big shopper either. Can’t stand the pushing and shoving. But I have noticed here that the department stores and bigger chains have special discount days to try and pull in customers. In the past they never used to do that in the run up to Christmas.

  57. Helena

    I’m not a big shopper either. Can’t stand the pushing and shoving. But I have noticed here that the department stores and bigger chains have special discount days to try and pull in customers. In the past they never used to do that in the run up to Christmas.

  58. Christine

    I refuse to go shopping on Black Friday. I don’t like to go shopping anyways, but all the extra people and stupidity just make me want to pull the covers over my head and sleep until 3pm. And 4am is absolutely nuts. Though like my mother-in-law said, at least you get done sooner. I guess? I’m still recovering from turkey overdose on Black Fridays.
    It shows where we are as a society. Materialism and all it’s worth — a human life.

  59. Christine

    I refuse to go shopping on Black Friday. I don’t like to go shopping anyways, but all the extra people and stupidity just make me want to pull the covers over my head and sleep until 3pm. And 4am is absolutely nuts. Though like my mother-in-law said, at least you get done sooner. I guess? I’m still recovering from turkey overdose on Black Fridays.
    It shows where we are as a society. Materialism and all it’s worth — a human life.

  60. Christine

    I refuse to go shopping on Black Friday. I don’t like to go shopping anyways, but all the extra people and stupidity just make me want to pull the covers over my head and sleep until 3pm. And 4am is absolutely nuts. Though like my mother-in-law said, at least you get done sooner. I guess? I’m still recovering from turkey overdose on Black Fridays.
    It shows where we are as a society. Materialism and all it’s worth — a human life.

  61. MLS

    My daughter drug me out at 4 a.m. for Black Friday and it was crazy. The recession isn’t affecting my area much because we’ve got so much oil/gas drilling activity. It’s slowed a little but the money is still flowing. In fact, I’m busier now selling houses and a large commercial business and that’s really unheard of for this time of year. I’m not complaining though.

  62. MLS

    My daughter drug me out at 4 a.m. for Black Friday and it was crazy. The recession isn’t affecting my area much because we’ve got so much oil/gas drilling activity. It’s slowed a little but the money is still flowing. In fact, I’m busier now selling houses and a large commercial business and that’s really unheard of for this time of year. I’m not complaining though.

  63. MLS

    My daughter drug me out at 4 a.m. for Black Friday and it was crazy. The recession isn’t affecting my area much because we’ve got so much oil/gas drilling activity. It’s slowed a little but the money is still flowing. In fact, I’m busier now selling houses and a large commercial business and that’s really unheard of for this time of year. I’m not complaining though.

  64. phhhst

    I hate crowds and haven’t shopped on Black Friday.
    But I would like to go to a Mall with a Ferris Wheel and a Merry-Go-Round.

  65. phhhst

    I hate crowds and haven’t shopped on Black Friday.
    But I would like to go to a Mall with a Ferris Wheel and a Merry-Go-Round.

  66. phhhst

    I hate crowds and haven’t shopped on Black Friday.
    But I would like to go to a Mall with a Ferris Wheel and a Merry-Go-Round.

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