Before you roll your eyes and think that that is going to be another post about sales and discounts and such, give me a chance to explain. Twitter is blowing up right now with all sorts of deals. I’m clicking on almost everyone only to be disappointed by the either the quality or quantity or both.
Its no secret that I live in Canada. 1.5 hours away from the Buffalo border to be exact (1 hour if I’m driving). As such, shopping State side has always been something that we’ve enjoyed as a family. I remember going to Aeropostal before it was in Canada because it was still “cool”. I remember buying trucker hats at the Military Road Outlet Mall for $2.00. I still have some of those hats. Shopping in the States was something that was always appealing to me because we found treasures that we couldn’t find in Canada. I don’t even walk to talk about how cheap your restaurants compared to ours. I’m looking at you, Olive Garden.
But I digress.
The first time that we went Black Friday shopping was 6 years ago. It was with 2 of my siblings and my friend, Gerrard, who, by the way, is the most patient man I’ve ever met. We crossed the border around 9:30 and got to the Outlets within 20 mins. We then proceeded to wait in line for 2 hours. This is where all the fun begins. I’ve seen fights start outside of stores, security being called on cute old ladies, people fighting over things that they would never buy any other day of the year. Oh, they also have live bands perform just incase its not entertaining enough.
I remember waiting outside the Guess store (back when I considered it designer) for 40 minutes just to be able to save $15 off a wallet. It was a nice wallet. I also remember poor Gerrard having to talk sense into us every time we got excited over an object that we had no use for. We justified every purchase as a future gift. I’m looking at you, pile of crap from Umbra. I wonder what the rate of people using short term cash loans are this weekend.
I’ve also *witnessed* people shed old clothing in the parking lot of the McDonalds besides the mall, and wear 6 to 7 layers across the border to avoid paying duty on it. There are a lot creative Canadians out there. I bet if the Salvation Army wants to go collect stuff on Thursday night, that McDonalds would be a gold mine.
Black Friday has become a tradition in our household, just like Boxing Day is. Last year was the first year I chose to opt out fo the festivities and I felt left out. Not because I felt like I missed out on “sales” because lets face it- those are most tricks to get you through the door, but rather the insane behaviour that people exhibit when they are attempting to save money on crap that they had no need for 3 days ago. I still enjoy indulging online. I found a variety of Kindle Ebook reader that I’m in the market for, on sale. My sister may or may not be getting that for Christmas.
I don’t even want to start on the hypocrisy of the overindulgence the day after people spend being THANKFUL. But, hey its the best comedy show on the planet and its all free. All you need is some patience, possibly a camera, and the love to people watch.
Are you going Black Friday Shopping?