A Story Teller
Be of Good Cheer
Believing is Seeing
Benefits of Play
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Division More Fun Than Hiking
Forty and Pregnant
Happy Mother's Day
Happy Valentine's Day
It's a Miracle
"Just" a Housewife
Little Gem in the Woods
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
RMKK Year in Review
She's Having a Baby
The Game of Life
The Otters Return to Glacier
The Wonder of it All
These Boots Are Made for Walking
Time is on My Side
You Get What You Expect
100 Years of Grandeur
aroma of roasting turkey wafted through the house as the girls
watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The
dog show followed
and then the traditional movie presentation of Miracle on 34th
Street. After being bombarded with an After Thanksgiving Day sales
blitz, I began visualizing my neighbors bundling up in 20 degree
weather to hit the malls at 4 a.m. to get those Door Busters, Early
Bird Specials, and 70% Off discounts. I knew M & E were interested,
as they kept reminding me of that one-day only $10.00 coupon from Herberger’s. The commercial’s made it sound like the most
spectacular event of the year and with the state of the
must confess I was curious as to what the turnout would be. Later
that night as we settled down for our long winter’s nap, I suggested
we go for fun and see if anybody really showed up for Black Friday.
Not being a “shopper” myself, the thought of actually going as
anything but a spectator didn’t sound inviting.
The next morning around 6, I checked in on the girls and jokingly
told them we were 2 hours late for the shopping spree. Unfazed they
remained cuddled under their comforters, and I went to do my Yoga.
Later that morning, everyone convinced me that we should go. Surely
we could take advantage of that coupon.
Now for Marlene’s 5 reasons never to shop on the busiest shopping
day of the year.
Number 5: Finding a Parking Spot – Normally, I drive right up
front to a place of my choosing. This time, after driving around for
10 to 15 minutes looking for a spot, we parked in front of the hotel
and walked through their lobby to the mall. This was okay as driving
around aroused anticipation as we imagined the shoppers inside the
Number 4: The Crowds – Usually our one story mall is a quiet
place to shop. M regularly takes note that it’s too quiet and
doesn’t sound noisy, like a real mall.
Number 3: The Lines – The only fun waiting in lines is
chatting with other bargain hunters and eavesdropping. Speaking of
eavesdropping, I heard a man tell another man as he shuffled around
the slow walkers that they (I presume he and his wife) were there
because they had to use that $10.00 coupon.
Number 2: Bad Vibes – The stress from the anxious Christmas
shoppers is transferred to even the most relaxed browsers. The mall
on Black Friday is just a big stress generator!
And the number one reason for not shopping on Black Friday is:
The Coupon –There are all kinds of exclusions to its use.
Shoppers’ had to ask sales girls which items were eligible for
purchase and which weren’t. It became a task trying to select
something that we wanted and would qualify. Recently, I was
discussing the relevance of fine print with a granddaughter. Well,
here’s the fine print.
Excludes Yellow Dot Clearance,
Incredible Value merchandise, Bonus Buys, Door Buster, all furniture
clearance center merchandise, all cosmetics & fragrances,
electronics, Maternity, Tech Trek, Anne Klein Bridge, Brahmin,
Brighton, Calvin Klein Handbags, Club Libby Lu, Coach, Columbia
apparel, outerwear & accessories, electronics, Eileen Fischer, Ellen
Tracy, Fine Jewelry Super Values, Fine Watches, Fine Jewelry
Specieal Event merchandise, Lafayette 148, Levi’s, Louben, The
Sharper Image, St. John, Tempur-Pedic, Tumi, Ugg.
After waiting in a line that just wouldn’t budge, we discovered that
our selection was ineligible. Gee, that’s a no brainer. I knew I
should have stayed home, written my article, and eaten left over
We traced our steps back toward the hotel where we had the most fun
of the morning lounging on the sofa watching the news for a few
minutes before heading home.
So, for even a tough cookie like me who takes pride in not
succumbing to advertising, Herberger’s marketing scheme of the
$10.00 Off coupon was a success.
On the positive side, a special memory was made for the girls and
I. We’ll always remember our one and only shopping trip on the day
after Thanksgiving to our little mall in the valley.