Happy Tuesday, y’all! There’s only two days until Thanksgiving and
2 1/2 3 days until Black Friday! Not much makes me happier than great food followed by great deals!
It seems like every single year, Black Friday deals are getting bigger and better: 40% off a bazillion inch television, 20% off designer handbags, 30% off household appliances, and the list goes on! While these are all very exciting deals, you cannot go insane over them.
Take it from me, a former retail employee. Black Friday may be one of your favorite holidays, but for us, it’s one of the worst. Most people are very respectful when they’re shopping, however there are a few people that can ruin the whole shift for us. I may not be working retail this season, but I urge you all to keep these pieces of etiquette in mind when you’re hunting for the best deals.
Also: I thought y’all would appreciate some good Black Friday deals from popular retailers! There’s nothing like a good shopping plan!
Black Friday Etiquette
Respect Retail Employees
I’m going to tell you a secret: retail employees work longer shifts on Black Friday than any other day of the year. Last year, I worked from 6 am to 6 pm with only a few short breaks scattered throughout the day. To put it into perspective, the only time I saw daylight was when I passed by the front of the store. Also, since Black Friday is starting earlier and earlier every year, there are some people who have to cut their Thanksgiving short. Not cool, y’all.
So, as you can imagine, when someone comes up to us demanding we show them where this super specific item is, we get a bit cranky. People, if you want good customer service, all you have to do is ASK NICELY. “Excuse me, can you show me where the TV’s are?” will get you so much further than “Take me to the TV’s.”
Respect your fellow shoppers
We’ve all seen the videos of people having legitimate fights over certain products and read the sad headlines about people getting trampled when the doors open. I just can’t imagine what goes through people’s minds when they just have to get this one thing that they’re so excited about that they don’t care about the wellbeing of others.
Also, don’t go STEALING from other people’s carts! When it comes to the hot ticket items, it’s first come, first serve. Basically if you can’t get to the thing you want quickly (and safely!), ya snooze, ya lose. Don’t pick a fight, don’t take someone’s cart, don’t do anything a sweet old grandmother wouldn’t approve of, okay?
I’m sure most of ya’ll reading this are very kind, wonderful people, but just be extra careful this holiday season and be respectful. You never know what’s going on in other people’s lives, and this could be their one chance to get something for their family.
Clean up after yourself
Going off of the respecting employees point, make sure to keep things as tidy as possible this holiday season. This applies every other day of the year, but especially on Black Friday! Retail workers are so busy that day, we barely have time to breathe, let alone hang up all the items you left in a crumpled pile in the fitting room.
Also, if you see something you like folded on a table, please be polite and refold the items you looked at. Nothing’s worse to a closing shift employee than turning a corner and seeing a table that looks like it went through a tornado. You know that “be kind, rewind” message that was on all the Blockbuster tapes? Same applies to retail!
Deals To Look Out For
Target: (Friday Only) Spend $50 and get 20% off your next shopping trip between November 28 & December 10
Nordstrom: Extra 20% sale online and in stores Thanksgiving Weekend
Old Navy: 50% off entire purchase November 22 through Black Friday
Gap: Extra 50% off online and in-store sale items on Black Friday
ASOS: Up to 60% off shoes and accessories on Black Friday
BaubleBar: Get 30-35% off items with code “FRIDAY30”
Lord & Taylor: 20% off regular and sale items in-store and online
I hope you all have a super amazing Thanksgiving and Black Friday, and that you find some really great items for a low price! Again, I know I don’t have to worry about this with you guys, but I also hope that you’ll keep those pieces of etiquette in mind! Retail workers are people, too!
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