Saturday, November 28, 2009

I Didn't Hear of Anyone Being Trampled To Death, At Least

When I got up Friday morning, at the mountain house, I was told that a small party had set out to Wal-Mart. Apparently my dad had said he needed to buy birdseed. I couldn't believe that he was going to Wal-Mart on Black Friday. I called him. He was down off the mountain. I said, "Are you really going to Wal-Mart?" And he said, "Well yeah. . .hey, wait a minute. It's that Hell Day thing isn't it."

Hell Day. He is so adorable. So I said, "If you're really going, would you check the price of the Xbox Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues"? He said he would. As it happened, they missed the terrible crush of humanity by a couple of hours, and the Xbox game wasn't even on sale (WTF Wal-Mart?), but they did get the birdseed.

Did you guys shop? In the store? Online? I never shop this weekend--I can't stand getting up early, and I think the whole Black Friday sale thing is overdetermined. But I do like to hear the war stories of others.

We are still in the mountains, until tomorrow. Which means, yes, I'm sitting in the Arby's enjoying the free wifi. 'Tis the season!

19 comments:

The Stiletto Mom said...

I don't go anywhere near Black Friday madness. And this year, I have a feeling the deals are only going to get better. Hooray!!!!

Amy said...

"Hell Day thing"! Love it, I can totally hear Dad saying that. But you gotta have birdseed!

Are you having a Jamocha shake?

Keely said...

We don't get Black Friday here (since it's not Thanksgiving), but our Boxing Day sales are similar. I don't go anywhere near them - you have to be completely insane to line up outside a store at 4am when it's 40 below.

A Lawyer Mom's Musings said...

I stayed home. In my PJs. All day. It was divine.

SugarBritches said...

I am so curious as to where the mountain house is. I live in AR in the mountains and the views from your pics are just gorgeous.

Gosh it would be nice to say I'm headed to the mountain house for the weekend. Lucky dog.

Jane said...

Most of our local sales were extended 'til Saturday, so I did a bit of shopping then. Still a little too crowded for my taste, but Banana Republic had the entire store knocked down 50%. I stocked up on accessories. Fun!

Maggie said...

"Hell Day"- I love it and truer words were never spoken. I actually went to Khols(the things we do for our grandkids)and after getting elbowed in the ribs decided that maybe paying $2.00 for a Barbie isn't worth bodily harm.

gretchen said...

I don't go near any of that Black Friday stuff either. The whole thing frightens me. It just doesn't seem like it could possibly be worth it.

Jimmy had Jude out for a "guy" adventure (I was convalescing) and they found themselves near the mall. Jimmy said there were police everywhere directing traffic, lane's blocked off and police helicopters buzzing overhead. But that's L. A.

Common Household Mom said...

Thursday evening my husband decided he needed new pants. He has this rule: he won't spend more than $20 on a pair of pants. He wanted me to go with. So we both went, but not until 9:30 AM. It was a surgical strike shopping trip, and he was able to stick to his rule.

There was no elbowing, or police. But still, next year I will stay home, pants or no pants.

Cassie said...

I have never gone shopping on Hell Day before but was up early on Friday so I figured I'd go peruse Target for some good deals.

There was no perusing.

I should have taken a cue from the chaos happening in the parking lot but after managing to find a spot and making my way inside I took one look at the line wrapped 1.5 times around the store (at 7am!), promptly got myself a Starbucks and went home to my family, which ended up being a much more delightful use of my time.

Beth said...

I did brave the Black Friday thing, but not until about 11 am and up in my parents' totally suburban neighborhood, so it wasn't too bad. But the deals were not good. I ended up with two polos for my husband from Banana Republic and a tablecloth (not from Banana Republic). But I bought the new Indiana Jones game for Wii for the kids for Xmas the other weekend! I bought it at Target when I saw it because I bought into this year's consumer media hype, "THINGS ARE GOING TO RUN OUT."

Michele Renee said...

Are you gals all wusses or what? I am a new convert. All my married years my sis-in-laws have gone and I thought they were crazy. I'd be in FL and would prefer to sleep. And then 3 years ago T-giving was at my house and I had to be the hostess and take 4 of them to Target and other stores. We got up at 4:00 and had a blast--for me it is the comraderie. And they were very helpful with tips on what to buy. Anyway, many dvds are like $3.00 and other electronics, cookware, etc. are great deals.
I went this year with my niece--got up at 4:30 and was at Target at 5:00. Got a Nikon Coolpix for $88 as opposed to $139, a dvd player for Grandma for $20, etc., etc. tools half price, etc. You have to check the flyers and the folks at the store are super nice directing you. I had buyers remorse on a mixer and two blankets--not enuf room in the car for all of us plus Mom-in-law for trip back so i went back to Target to return stuff!The rest of the crew was in another city that a.m. and they left home at 3:00 a.m. to wait in line till 5:00 and got 40" TVs for dirt cheap. One sis-in-law never even went to bed that night. Gut the bags under my eyes will never recover.

Amy said...

No surprise to anyone who knows me or reads me regularly, I would rather stick cocktail toothpicks in my eardrums than be a part of any retail experience on what shall henceforth be known in my world as Hell Day.

Nope, not even online. Really, the whole notion gives me the heebies.

Great topic, as always!

A Day That is Dessert said...

I never shop on Black Friday. My husband read that this year, higher end stuff will be on sale closer to the actual holidays; you may indeed get that xbox gift on sale!

The Dental Maven said...

Who has time to shop when a Hockey Tournament is going on???

Becky said...

Michele R, I will admit to being a total wuss! I admit, though, that your story of early morning cameraderie with the girls did make me wish I had been there. And great deal on the camera!

chnault said...

Participating in the "hell day thing" (gotta love dads)would require 2 things I don't do well:
1. Getting up really early
2. Waiting in line.

Lounging around in my workout clothes (but not really working out) worked for me.
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Otis resident said...

Ok, here's my Black Friday/Hell Day story. No way was I getting out of my cozy bed on the first day off that I didn't have to get up and clean my house for anyone, or go to work! So, the girls and I headed out at around noon time, set on checking out the Gymbo outlet and Target deals. We also had a 2 PM appt to have our Xmas photos done at Sears. So, with kids in Christmas dresses, off to the mall we went. The picture thing was a disaster. Waited forever to get into the room, then another forever to get to see the photos on my computer. All the while the girls were touching all the slimy toys, and all I could think was that they were gonna catch something here....all this only to find out we had to choose the free wall photo OR the nifty $7.99 package, you can't get BOTH, apparently. The photos weren't so great, they only took one of the two girls together. One of the girls had her eyes half shut in it. So what did I do, I took the dressed up girls into the mall and we found a beautiful, fully decorated Christmas tree. Didn't I prop the girls up next to it and proceed to take photos right then and there! The photos I took came out amazing, so now I'm gonna have to get to CVS and turn them into photo cards! I'll post one of the pics to FB....oh, and I got some cheap socks at Old Navy for .83 cents a pair, good deal, there is a serious sock problem here at my house! Some good deals at Gymbo,not much to report at Target. Hope you enjoyed your vacation! Roberta

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