Thursday, November 27, 2008

Black Friday

I'm not a Black Friday shopper (too many crazies), and especially not this year, as I'd love to have a non-stressful, gift-free Christmas where the holiday can actually be celebrated for what it is. (Plus, cash flow is tight, y'all.) However, I've been keeping an eye out for deals on a new TV (I curse you, broken 3 year-old $$$ Samsung TV), so I scoured all of the Black Friday ads today. I can definitely see the benefit of scooping up some merchandise provided that it's something you know you need or want to get for someone, but for the most part, I can see how people get caught up in the frenzy and buy unnecessarily. I found a couple of things that could be good gifts for some of the people I know I need to buy for, but I don't think I'm going to buy anything this weekend. (Hopefully I won't be kicking myself later when I end up deciding to get something that was on special earlier.)

My friend Megan came over to watch the first half of the Texas game tonight and we got to talking about how we are avoiding those J. Crew, et al, email sales in our inboxes. I usually used to go check it out and see if there's anything I had to have (and almost all of the time, it didn't result in a purchase), but lately I've just been deleting them - why be tempted? It's a delicate balance of not buying things you don't truly need and getting a fantastic deal on something you don't truly need (you do, after all, have lots of clothes in your closet already) but would definitely use. Megan had just bought a jacket at Ann Taylor Loft, and it's now on sale and they're having an additional 30% off as well (Megan, I don't see 40%), so she's going tomorrow to get a price adjustment (good girl). Tempted, I went online to check it out.

This corduroy skirt would be $14 after the 30% off
I have actually been wanting a khaki skirt like this ever since I constantly borrowed a sorority sister's Gap khaki skirt back during senior year. Since this was 4 years ago, I think it's safe to say that this would be no impulse buy. Luckily, they don't have my size (although invariably I'd probably buy the wrong size anyway), and corduroy's not my first choice.

This satin clutch would be $14 after the discount as well. I already have a few holiday-festive clutches, so this is definitely not a keeper, but I just wanted to post the pretty picture of it. I'm really liking this shade of pink with a cute LBD.

This embossed croco handheld is now $21 down from $49. Don't need it at all, but I think it's cute.

By the way, I didn't figure anything out on the TV front. I have enough trouble as it is choosing between features and such, and TVs are an enigma to me. We'll see -- I have a feeling prices can only get better in this economy. Let me know if you see something great on an LCD, maybe 40-42", reputable brand/model, 720 over 1080p is fine blah blah blah.


GrannySmithGreen said...

Hello friend. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I think the diamond earrings at TM were 1/4 and 1/2 ctw. I don't remember for sure, so don't bank on it. Now that would be a good stocking stuffer!

Megan said...

It was 40% off online with $6 shipping. Then they changed it to 30% off with free shipping. If you go in store it is 40% off sale. Thanks for the blog shout out. maybe it will increase my blog readership and get me on Martha (it's worked for some people)

Little Lovables said...

I do like the skirt, so cuTe for fall or warmer months as well!

I did the Black Friday for a tv as well years ago, it was NUTS! This year, I am buying all gifts onlne at Etsy, supporting the handmade movement! Of course, tv's don't really fit in that category, so good luck!