How To: Survive Black FridayMonday, November 18, 2013
Last week, I was approached by Destiny USA to share my Black Friday tips. Throughout college I worked at Express and after working a few Black Fridays, I feel like I have some knowledge to share with anyone venturing out into the craziness next week!
1. Go to the mall and pick out what you want to buy prior to Black Friday
If you are shopping on Black Friday just to shop, with no real list of what you want, go check out the store either the weekend before or the Monday before. This way, you can figure out where the items you want are as well as figure out what size you need. It always amazed me how long the fitting room line was on Black Friday. I would NEVER wait in that line just to try on clothes. Go to the mall earlier to figure out exactly what you want to buy and save yourself from waiting in two different lines at each store. Rarely will stores rearrange prior to Black Friday, so if you locate all the main things you want prior to Black Friday they should still be in the same spot.
2. If you must try clothes on, go in layers.
If you cannot get to the mall before Black Friday, go in layers. This way, you can try on clothes without needing an actual fitting room. While this won't work if you're buying bottoms, it will work for tops. Wear a simple cami or a v-neck and try of all your sweaters and shirts over it.
3. Bring a friend
Black Friday will be insanely more fun for you if you go shopping with a family member or friend. Not only will you have more fun, but you will be more productive. One person can go straight to waiting in line, while the other person grabs all their items. You can switch out so that there is one person always in line while the other person shops. Also, if you are in a crazy store, split up. Go with a friend who knows your size and what you like to wear. This way, if they find something they think you will like they can grab it for you.
4. Go shopping at an odd time
The busiest times at the mall is right when the mall opens. If you are just going to shop, and aren't out there fighting for one item, you can really have a great time if you hold off on going shopping for a little while. Most people either go right when the stores open, or first thing in the morning. When I worked at Express, we opened at midnight. We were crazy busy from 12-4 AM and then it picked up again around 7:30 AM. Anybody who came in from 4-7:30 had less people to "fight" with and hardly any lines to wait in. Not only that, but once the craziness settles down, stores can restock items and put unwanted items from the fitting rooms back on the shelves.
5. Sometimes the best sale isn't on Black Friday
When I worked at Express, the Black Friday promotion kept reappearing up until the Holidays. We had 50% off on Black Friday, and then again on another random weekend two weeks later. Sometimes all the sweaters would be marked to 40% off but then customers could use a coupon with it. You cannot use any coupons on Black Friday so sometimes you will get a better price if you wait to shop!
I hope some of these tips will help some of you going out to shop this year! I personally have not decided if I am going shopping yet. I know that some stores are starting their sales the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, so I may just go to the mall then and call it good! If you want to do your own post on how to survive Black Friday, please do! Make sure to link up to my post and Destiny USA's post on surviving Black Friday!
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