Black Friday is ridiculous. Yes, I was shopping this morning at 7am. Yes, there was a drastic increase in traffic and parking lot circling. But did I save a dime today? Barely. My little niece turns two on the 27th, so I needed to get her some B-day gifts today. I had a few items I wanted to pick up, and I definitely wanted to avoid the Waterford Crystal Mall like the plague, so I hit up Target first thing. I bought her some toys, two Shel Silverstein books (The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends), and myself the new Tenacious D album and threw myself into the mammoth line. But you know what, In under five minutes I was checking out in the express lane and walking out the door. All in all, I spent 15 minutes in there. I wanted to get her a few more books, and I forgot to get wrapping paper, so I headed across the street to Borders.
Borders was a ghost town, completely empty. I solicited the help of a sales agent to find the books I was looking for and hopped in line. Again, once I had made my selection, I was out the door in five minutes. It was in Borders that I saved a BIT of money, getting three Dr. Seuss books for the price of two, maybe a savings of $10.
Then I went to Best Buy to get an I-pod car charger / FM tuner so i could rock out to my tunes on the way to my 10 year High School re-union later this evening, not too mention on the way home, back to NY on Saturday. Now HERE, is where I ran into a REAL line. Waited 45 mins, but the line moved quickly, it was well organized, and there was plenty of stuff along the way for me to grab and look at (and buy, I purchased the classic TV special Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer).
But Again, I am sorry to say, overall, I got jack shit in savings. Where was the store wide 10% off deals....where were the blue light specials and red tagged items? Black Friday, you dissapoint. I beat you Black Friday....I beat your black ass into the ground.
I continued on to a little specialty toy store in Old Lyme, CT called BoweryBird, nice little store. They opened at 10am and I was there at 9:55am. I was walking out the door at 10:08am, arms full of fun bath toys. With my trunk wieghed down from all my present booty, I came to another realization. I have a problem. A disease I like to call SPOILHERROTTENITIS.
But COME ON....can you look HER in the face and tell me she is not worth it! Look at this face!