Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Black Friday Shopping Tips

Some of my favorite memories with my mom are waking up at 5am and heading out to the malls together.  It started when I began to have an opinion on all my clothes and she no longer would shop for me without my consent (yep, typical female teenager right there).  Those times of course were a little different.  No smart phones or online shopping, just good old fashion bargain hunting!   I still will venture out for the fun of it and for the past 2 seasons I worked in retail so I was living.   I figured I would compile a list of tips for you all in case you still have trouble navigating through all the black Friday murky waters.  

p.s. some of my favorite store current sales and outfit details will be at the bottom of this post!

Tip #1
Wear comfy clothes and layers  
It is not the time to be a total fashionista.  You will be battling tons of crowds and likely walking miles, so keep it comfy but put together.  It's a good thing that athleisure is in right now.  Throw on your workout pants, some sneakers and something cute on top.  If you are shopping outside at outlets you will need to keep warm.  If you get a little too warm throw your layers in one of your shopping bags and keep it moving! 

Tip #2
Wear a cross body bag
 It is the safest way to keep your personal items closest to you and it allows you to be hands free when trying to search for all your bargain presents

Tip # 3
Have a Game Plan
This sounds simple but often goes to the way side in all the black Friday frenzy.  Know where you are going, map out a plan and try your best to stick to it!  You want to be efficient and in and out as quickly as you can.

Tip #4
Go with a Buddy
I don't recommend going solo nor do I recommend going with too many people.  You will need to help one another (one stands in the long line while the other one shops for what they need) but too many people on your trip can cause chaos.  Organizing just one or two friends or family members is easier than a large group full of opinions.  

Tip #5
Use Technology
There's an app for that.  Literally!  Download a black Friday app that will tell you all the sales going on.  You can browse your favorite stores and have the app send you store alerts.  It can track the nearest store to you and bring up that stores specific webpage.  I'm using Black Friday FM.  Also think about bringing a portable battery charger.   There is nothing worse then your phone dying when you need it to contact friends and look up store promos! 

Tip #6 
Shop Early
Many people aren't as motivated so find out when the local mall or outlet opens and go!  Depending on where you are going crowds can be a little less in the early morning hours.  Plus nothing is picked through and most door busters end by or before noon!

Tips #7-11

I could go on and on about what to do... bring tylenol in case you get a headache, be nice because the retail workers are honestly trying their best, smile and be patient, always store bags in a trunk so no one can see what you have and ask for boxes because they won't have them in a few weeks! 

BEANIE: (last season) $15 option LEGGINGS: Zella (similar) VEST: Old Navy also love this J.Crew Factory  SNEAKERS: Adidas Superstar (size down) TOP: (sold at via CS Gems)  SUNNIES: Ray-Ban WATCH:  Michael Kors CROSSBODY: (old style) similar here

Also most stores are already running great discounts and deals, here are a few of my favorites right now:

J.Crew 40% off in store and online
J.Crew Factory 50-60% off Everything! Online only right now
Express 50% off almost everything
Nordstrom  Designer Sale & tons of new sale items posted
The Loft 50% off everything online only
The Limited 60% off everything
Francesca's 30% off everything
Michael Kors up to 30% off full price, lots of sale items
Macy's 20% off everything plus extra 10% on select departments
Pottery barn 30% off holiday
West Elm up to 30% off
Target Check doorbusters, sale has already begun

Happy Shopping and Stay tuned for more holiday gift guides!



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