Here we are, the infamous “Black Friday”. On this day, people with glazed eyes armed with ads get up in the middle of night to wait in lines in hopes to get that huge bargain. I used to be one of these people when my kids and I were much younger. Nowadays, I pull out my credit card, pull up the chair behind the computer and commence shopping online. This year will be a bit different; the credit card is now a pre-paid card to control spending.
I have all kinds of recollections of shopping with the other crazies, but my most memorable time on black Friday was at Toys R Us back in the 90’s. The night before I had my ads ready with all the items I wanted circled. I went to bed and set the alarm to 4:00am because the store opened at 5:00am. I was going to get there before the store opened and be ready to shop. I was dressed warm with my sneakers on and headed off. When I got there, I was surprised to see the long line which had already formed. I found the end and waited my turn.
Once I got in and grabbed a shopping cart, I entered the store to wall-to-wall people. You could not move and the isles were not visible. I proceed to find my items I circled trying to maneuver my cart through the bodies. People were wandering around like zombies. At a slow pace, I finally made my way to the first item. I don’t know how many times I said “excuse me” as I navigated my shopping cart through the crowd. I managed to get everything I went there for and headed towards the cashier. The lines were so long that I got to know the lady in front of me. An hour or so later, we exchanged numbers and finally it was time to pay. I made my way out the store, took a breath and headed home.
That was a crazy experience I will never forget. I have shopped on “Black Friday” since, but I now go a bit later. It has been awhile since needing to go to Toys R Us. My kids are all grown up, but now I have two granddaughters and I will start all over again. At least the stores are much more organized to handle the massive crowds.
|I am training my Granddaughter to Black Friday shop.|
She is going big. I am so proud.