Up at 5:35am.
Out the door at 5:42am.
At Target at 5:58am.
Out of Target at 6:19am.
In Wal-Mart at 6:22am.
Out of Wal-Mart and on [major connector] by 6:40am.
In and out of Michael's in 15 minutes.
At mall by 7:15am.*
At AC Moore by 8:45am.
At Target stop #2 by 9:00am.
At K-Mart by 9:20am.
Home by 9:50am.
There were maybe 100 people lined up at Target when I got there. Thank goodness I wasn't any earlier because it was *freezing*. Or, more accurately, below freezing. I got the Seinfeld DVD sets (seasons 1-3), an under-cabinet mount clock/radio with CD player, Trivial Pursuit 90s edition, and CandyLand for A.
The toy department at Wal-Mart was crazy -- there wasn't much there that I wanted, so I just avoided it altogether. I got some DVDs for $3.88 each (You've Got Mail, Dave, Vacation, and Murder at 1600).
I had a 60% off coupon at Michael's and hoped to use it on a good knitting book, but they had nada. I ended up with Creating Keepsakes' 2004 Idea Book for $6 and change.
At the mall I waffled on a cashmere sweater for $69.99, and ended up getting a RL Polo argyle cardigan for about $40. Wandered down to Old Navy and was appalled by the lines -- each register must have had a line 20-25 people deep. Nuh-uh. No way.
*Best Buy wins the You've Got to Be Out of Your Ever-Lovin' Mind Award. I went in to pick up a few CDs for $8 each. The line was stretched all the way around the store. I kid you not -- they were estimating the wait at 1 hour. If it were a great deal on an expensive item, then perhaps I would have waited. But to save $5-$10 bucks on some CDs? Again, nuh-uh.
Went to AC Moore with plans to pick up a book and was totally pissed at myself to find I'd lost my Michael's flyer with the coupons for today (which ACM honors). So I skipped it and headed back to Target, where I got a couple of DVDs (Sound of Music and a gift for Joe), a set of small motorcycles for Alex, and something else for Joe. Then on to K-Mart where I got some toys, a pair of white gold simple hoop earrings for my sister and a yellow gold bangle bracelet and small hoop earring set for my MIL (gold jewelry 70% off, so excellent deals).
Black Friday shopping is perhaps one of the most fascinating opportunities for people watching, ever. People in and of themselves are something to behold, but add in holiday spirit, the lure of a good deal, and sleep deprivation, and you have...I'm not sure what, but it's funny.