My Very First Black Friday
I wanted to post about my Deborah Lippman nail polish but in the midst of the move, it got misplaced. It is currently in a box in the garage amongst about 30 other boxes, which I have no desire to look through a week and a half before my final exam at school.
I figured that instead of my nail polish review, Black Friday would be much more fun to blog about. The nail polish will always be there!
I decided about a month and a half ago that I would take a day off from work and make the trek across the border to do some Black Friday deal hunting with some others. We had no idea what to expect since none of us had ever experienced it in person. Of course, we’d heard some horror stories about an employee getting trampled at Walmart last year but surely, that was not the fate of most.
We left on our adventure at about 8:30pm on Thursday night, November 24th. Most stores at Seattle Premium Outlets were planned to open at midnight so we thought had quite a bit of time. The border wait actually breezed by quickly with only a 20 minute wait. We were within sight of Seattle Premium Outlets by 10:45pm. By that time, all the parking lots of the outlets were FULL! We had to park in the “overflow” lots in the Tulalip Casinos. They happen to be a maze without any clear marking of where you were parking. No number or letters to distinguish one lot from another, a maze designed to keep you in the casino forever! This is coming from a person who has spent about 45 minutes looking for their car in that very lot.
Enough of the specifics, here are my goods from Seattle Premium (all prices shown are before taxes):
Nine West booties for $31.99 (Additional 20% off purchases over $75)
DKNY watch from Fossil for $56.24 (25% off all sale items)
Microfleece 3-piece set from Carter’s for $12.60 (50% off the entire store plus a mysterious extra 10% off which may have been a mistake)
Cardigan from Loft for $26.99 for my momma (40% off the entire store)
I didn’t get too many purchases from the outlets as I had expected. The deals were all right. I was really curious about the Coach outlet but the line up was at least 1-2 hours long. I wasn’t curious enough to wait. The whole store was an additional 30 % off with some bags already marked down by 50%. The line up at the Michael Kors store was about 45 minutes long and we were pretty shopped out by the time we passed it. I didn’t even take note of the promotion.
Next stop, Alderwood Mall:
Many stores at Alderwood had been open from midnight but all stores (except Nordstrom for some reason) opened at 5:00am. We reached Alderwood around 4:00am. I stood in line and waited about 30-45 minutes for my stupid white mocha americano. Next time, just order drip! There were some good deals in Macy’s varying based on brand but nothing for us. Urban Outfitters had additional 50% off all their sale items but nothing tickled my fancy. The only item I picked up in Alderwood:
LMFAO t-shirt from Hot Topic for $11.53 (Buy one get one half price and an extra scratch card with 25% off) I will be wearing this t-shirt proudly to the afterparty for their concert. I’m a big fan!
Next stop, nap time! Okay, by this time it was about 7:30am on Friday November 25 and I had been up for over 24 hours. We were about to pass out so we fell asleep in the car for about an hour.
Real next stop, Nordstrom Rack and Target. Nordstrom Rack was kind of disappointing, but I walked out with:
Liquid leggings for $12.97 and Hue opaque black tights for $6.97. We just bought some essentials and groceries from Target. Nothing worth mentioning.
Next stop, Burlington Outlets. We didn’t buy anything here at all! But we finally got to see a Coach outlet and were thoroughly disappointed. Not too sure if all the good stuff got taken but there just wasn’t anything I liked. I finally got to see the Lululemon outlet and there just weren’t any good deals at all. Only one pair of shorts I liked but only size 12’s.
We passed by an Olive Garden on the way to Burlington so we stopped in to that complex for lunch. The wait was a little too long so instead we ate at FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES! I ate there in NYC and I loved it! It was so yummy and guilt-inducing! It did not disappoint on Friday. I don’t know if I was extra hungry but it was one of the tastiest burgers I had in a while. There’s one in Vancouver so if you’re in the Park Royal area, give it a try. Also in the same complex, Ross! I made a few notable purchases:
Nine West pumps for $25.99
Steven Madden pumps for $19.99 (one of my best deals of Black Friday in my opinion)
And then off home. Time spent Black Friday shopping: November 24th 8:30pm – November 25th 3:30pm = 19 hours. Time spent sleeping after arriving home at 6pm: 15 hours straight. And I got two cankersores on my gums from lack of sleep. *sigh*
Would I do it again? Probably not. The deals, in my opinion, were not really to die for. I got a few things that I really liked. But places like Ross didn’t even have any special Black Friday deals. Who’s to say I wouldn’t have gotten these deals on any other day. The money saved does not seem worth the trip and the stress. It was too intense. I will be skipping the Black Friday shopping next year.
Holiday greetings from me and S, the Black Friday shoppers in Alderwood.