As a deal-hunting fashionista, I have to admit that Black Friday is one of my favorite times of year. There are so few occasions when you can find a Michael Kors long military trench coat (stay tuned for pictures) for only $95, or a $300 Swarovski bangle for $50. It’s one of the rare opportunities people have to snag something luxurious without breaking the bank.
However, there are plenty of cons to go with the pros; the traffic, the lines, the crowds, trying to find a parking space…the list goes on. I don’t blame the people who hate it and hide in their houses for the day…or actually sleep at night. If you’re going to brave the retail world, making the experience fun is really the only chance you have to keep from going insane.
That’s why I always go with friends; catching up helps pass the time sitting in traffic and keeps us awake when a late night turns in to an early morning. We also try not to obsess over anything in particular. There’s nothing worse than waiting 45 minutes just to enter a store…then stand in another line to check out, however long that may take. This is the reason we skipped over the Swarovski outlet at midnight, and instead returned in the afternoon. I snapped these pictures on my phone, and after a few minutes of pilfering through mountains of empty boxes and scattered crystals, I gave up. It was no longer fun.
Which makes me think: what is it about a sale that causes people to suddenly act like barbarians? Just because it’s 80% off, doesn’t mean you have to start throwing things and knocking them over like a child. In the end all you’re doing is making the experience miserable for everyone else. Yes, I could have kept digging and found something beautiful at a decent price, but looking at the unorganized empty boxes took all the fun out of it. I was no longer on the hunt for something luxurious at an affordable price, I was searching through a bargain bin at Kmart. The jewelry, which normally looks so beautiful, just looked sad. What’s a girl to do?
What are your thoughts on shopping strategies and etiquette? How do you spend your Black Friday? Did you score anything great this year?
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