Okay, I know I said I try to avoid Black Friday at all costs, however, this year my sister begged and begged for me to go with her. What was I to do?
The only thing is that she wanted to go to the Waikele Premium Outlet Mall and their sales started at 12:01 am. Yes, that’s right, one minute after midnight. The only thing crazier than that is the fact that I had to work a flight in the morning.
As I sat outside Starbucks at 11:15pm waiting for my sister, I watched literally thousands of people walk from their cars to the stores. It was an absolute mad house! Cars who got stuck in the middle of the intersection were quickly engulfed in a mass of pedestrians. I’ve never seen anything like it.
The first store we went to was The Children’s Place where I got some pretty good deals. I purchased 12 shirts for the girls for $51.00. I started to think that maybe Black Friday wasn’t so bad after all. However, after that things went downhill quickly. Every store that we walked into had at least a 2 hour wait for the cashiers. I felt almost relieved when I couldn’t find anything I wanted to buy. And on the occasion that I did, I wondered if a $5 shirt was really worth standing in line for 2 hours. It wasn’t.
The thing that got me were those who had their kids with them. I was really lucky that DH came home that night from a trip, otherwise, there is no way I would have gone. I couldn’t believe this one lady I saw who was standing in such a long line and yelling at her son who was throwing a tantrum. How in the world can you expect your child to behave nicely when it’s 2 in the morning? With all the lines and crowds and being tired and knowing I had to work in the morning, there were times when I felt like throwing a fit.
Anyway, it’s now Sunday evening and I’m still trying to recuperate from my all-night shopping adventure. It didn’t help that I had to work in the morning or that my in-laws came for a visit on Saturday which meant having to go out to dinner when I came home that evening. Or that we had an early birthday party to attend Sunday morning followed by Taiko practice and dinner at my parents house.
Would I do it again next year? Probably not.
For those who did brave the crowds, did you get any good deals? Was it worth it?