Yep, I'm one of the idiots who always goes shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, and this year was no exception. Of course, this year I wasn't able to be at Wal-Mart at 4:15 am because I had to work until 7:00 am, but that didn't stop me from going once I got off work. I knew there was no point in trying to get any of the doorbusters that Wal-Mart had advertised because I had gotten such a late start, but I was determined to head over to Target and get some Christmas shopping done.
My sister Wendy and my best friend Bobbie met me at my house around 7:15 and we piled in together and headed that way. They had actually been in line at the James River Wal-Mart at 4:30 am and managed to grab the stuff they needed (in hindsight, I should have asked them to pick up the 1 item I really wanted). They were laughing about the crowds and the long lines and Wendy even had a story about some woman grabbing an item out of her hands. We weren't in a massive hurry because Target wasn't doing any doorbusters. In fact, their sale bill advertised their savings as a "2 day sale", so there was no need to rush. We decided to run into McDonald's real quick and have some breakfast.
After leaving McDonalds it was probably 7:45 and we headed down National towards Primrose on our way to Target. We were shocked to see the huge line of traffic that was backed up down Glenstone waiting to turn in to the parking lot. Because we came up Primrose from the other direction, we got a green arrow at the stoplight and got turned in pretty quickly. But parking was another story altogether. We noticed people were actually parking at Lowe's and walking over. I have no idea why the store was so crazy, they didn't have any doorbusters! But you couldn't tell it by walking inside. It was complete madness. I did manage to pick up some gifts (after fighting my way through the crowds), but some of the stuff that was in Target's toy ad last week and wasn't even on sale this week was already freaking gone. I just don't understand what happened.
Why was Target so busy? I don't know if I'll ever figure it out. Maybe the explanation is they were there for the same reason I was, the early morning stuff at the other stores was already gone, so why not head over to Target and check out their sale items. I don't know. I do know I was disappointed to discover they were sold out of the space age ant farms I had wanted to get for the twins. Maybe they will get more in stock since those weren't a sale item anyway. But, my day was certainly not ruined. I did find several gifts there as well as some stuff for myself. After we left we went to several other stores and had a good day. I decided to treat us all 3 to lunch at Hinodes (yummy!) and then even though I wanted to accompany them to the mall to continue shopping, I had to let them drop me off at my house so I could get some sleep and be ready for work tonight. I didn't get in bed until 12:30 this afternoon and had only 9 hours before time to be at work, but it was well worth it.
I had a good day, ate some good food, was with some of my favorite people, and managed to buy myself 16 DVD's at super low prices. What more could you ask for?