Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Post Thanksgiving Shopping

by Maggie Sefton
I'm back from a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with three of my four daughters---a few short days of cooking and enjoying yummy holiday recipes, watching the Macy's Thanksgiving parade with HUGE floating balloon characters, and strolling about in New York City's fantastic upper 60s temps and sunshine. It was perfect weather. BTW. . .the huge Kermit the Frog was my favorite balloon character as he came leisurely floating by.



Since I had reserved my flights a scant three weeks before the holiday, I had to curtail my time in NYC in order to find an affordable flight. So, I returned home late Friday night. However, that afforded me the opportunity to participate in a new "holiday ritual" ----- Holiday gift shopping for family and friends the weekend following Turkey Day. In previous years, I've found VERY good discounts in all the stores and saved a bundle of money on the family items on my shopping list. And this year was no exception.



I'm shopping for all ages and both sexes and in all sorts of categories. Actually, I enjoy that kind of shopping because you don't get bored plus it's more of a challenge. I found great discounts on toddler clothes, Junior clothes for girls, sports items, dressy sweaters, guy's dress pants, earrings, kitchen items like Calphalon cookware, Bathroom towel sets, even a specific request for an alarm clock with large red numbers. (I found it at Bed Bath & Beyond). And, I found some specially decorated chocolates for my mother. She specifically requested chocolate. :)



Maybe I'm weird, but I actually enjoy shopping for the holidays----but I do it my way. No getting up at the crack of dawn or staying up till midnight to attack a stores in the midst of a mob. Those videos of people stepping on each other are really scary. No, no. . .I head out in the mid-morning with my list in hand and hit one specifc store at a time. And I take coffee breaks and treat myself to one of those yummy holiday lattes, like the Pumpkin Spice Latte or the Peppermint Mocha. I've learned to make them "skinnier" so I don't feel so guilty.

I finished the weekend with almost all of the items on my list except a couple of gift cards and the items I need to order online. All in all, a very successful shopping excursion. And---I wasn't anywhere near a mob. Did any of you shop this past weekend? In the stores or online? Did you camp outside a store, waiting for a special item? Tell us.

21 comments:

Kristin A. said...

A belated Happy Thanksgiving! Remembering your post from last week I thought of you and your daughters together in NYC while my family and I watched the Macy's parade on TV and wondered if you were watching from out your daughter's window. I don't have a bucket list, but that morning said to my hubby and that would be an item to add: watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade either from those awesome grandstand seats where you can see all the broadway performers or from out the window of some posh hotel. A girl can dream...

Yes, I did head out shopping on "Black Friday", but to just one store to get some gift items I knew from the store's ad were on a great sale. No, I didn't set my alarm or anything, but I was out the door when it was still dark. The store wasn't crazy at all and even those "limited quantity" items (Legos!) were still there when I arrived. I was back home in a flash with a few things crossed off my list. The rest of my shopping I'll do over the next few weeks either in store or on-line.

Kim said...

My best shopping experience this weekend was buying the Simple Touch nook at the Black Friday special... by calling the order into the store then picking it up today, without any crowds

Anonymous said...

I was one of the crazies out shopping Thanksgiving night. I have an adorable 3 yr old grandson so none of us really want to spend a lot of money on toys. I went with my daughter and SIL. We first went to Toys R Us and when we first arrived a lady told us the line is so long and she left. Well yes the line was long but we all did real good in our purchases. Next was Walmart where SIl got the little one a bike. He also wanted to get daughter a Kindle fire but they were not available until midnight for the amazing price of $199, so it was off to Target where he did get the Fire. Home for a few hours sleep then the 3 os us were back out. SIL needed to get a suit soit was to the Mall, where he got all he needed for very good prices and I managed to get for my Step Mother. Then I have done a bunch of shopping online so am almost done. The 3 of us each year say we won't go out ad then we do.

CindyD said...

I used to shop on the day after Thanksgiving before it was called Black Friday - when I was in college I always went with my father to buy his presents for my mother that day, and I miss him greatly. Now I'd love to go but hate the parking!! I did go to the mall Sunday morning and got what I needed in about an hour.

Aurian said...

No black friday in Holland, as there is also no thanksgiving ;) I did shop this weekend, but only for an hour or so. Then quickly home to get some reading done :)

ev said...

So what else did you do in NYC??? I'm so glad the weather was great for you. We've been very lucky.

@Kristin- I recommend the Mariott Marquis if you do- on the corner facing the oncoming parade, 5th to 7th floor. You have to reserve it far, far in advance tho.

I went out shopping on Saturday to local businesses and spent money on ME!! LOL

Dru said...

I didn't go out to do any shopping nor did I go online, until yesterday when I bought a couple of books.

Maggie Sefton said...

Kristin---Forgive the delayed reply. Online problems. Your shopping strategy sounds great, girl. I'm amazed that Legos have changed so much over the years that they are a "hot" item for Christmas shopping. Great toys. My girls also loved the big wooden building blocks.

I hope you get to see the parade some day. The only apt bldgs that would let you see the parade would be on Central Park West Avenue, and those are pretty pricey. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Kim---Please forgive delayed reply. Online problems. Boy, was that a smart move. Kudos! I hope the rest of your shopping goes as smoothly.

Linda McDonald said...

I did not do any shopping at all. But, when I went to the pet food store prior to Thanksgiving I noticed the campers out in front of Best Buy. I stopped to talk with the "lead camper" and she had been there since Monday night. They had a nice tent, a large table set up where her teenage boys and his friends were playing games (chess and checkers style games...not video games which was a surprise) and they even had a little love seat there too. She said they were actually having a great time and it looked like they were!

Maggie Sefton said...

Nancy---Please forgive delay. Online problems. Boy, I'm pressed with you and your family. Shopping past midnight I could manage, with the help of strong coffee. But only grabbing a few hours of sleep before going out again early. . .now, that's hard. My hat's off to all 3 of you.

Maggie Sefton said...

CindyD---Please forgive delay. Online problems. I love your holiday memory of shopping with your father. That's sweet. And what a great time to shop for your mom. But I'm impressed that you were able to get what you needed in an hour. Good job!

Maggie Sefton said...

Aurian---Please forgive delay. Online problems. I'm sure the shops in Holland still have some holiday sales going on. I'm curious---is there a costumed Kris Kringle located somewhere where children can say "hello." ?? Please tell me people are ice skating on the ponds already. Otherwise all my cherished images will be crushed. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

ev---Please forgive delay. Online problems. We did our usual routine in NYC---just walking about enjoying the city and the shops and Central Park. Melissa's apt is located on the Upper West Side on West 77th St between Columbus and Amsterdam. Only a block and half from Central Park. Great location.

Oh, yes. . .we also took a Thanksgiving evening walk with hot lattes down Fifth Avenue to see all the gorgwous window displays, then we took a horse-drawn carriage ride about 10pm. At that late hour the Irish cabbie was allowed to take us down Fifth Avenue past all the stores farther down the avenue. All lit up and decorated. Past St. Patricks and Rockefeller Ctr. It was a perfect mild night with no wind or breeze. Perfect.

Maggie Sefton said...

Dru---Wow, you are disciplined. Or you're doing a lot of online shopping. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Linda McD---Boy, it does sound like they were having fun. They'd planned and gotten everything set up to camp out. Good for them. I wonder what they were waiting to buy?

Aurian said...

I am very sorry to have to crush you Maggie, but the weather is still unseasonably warm here, over 10 degrees Celsius. So, no snow and ice yet. We have a feast evening on December 5, called Sinterklaas, which is a bit like your Santa Claus. He also brings presents, and sweets, pepernoten and chocolate. But he rides on a big white horse, and has blackfaced helpers, "zwarte pieten" to carry the presents, and advice him which children have been good or not.

But Sinterklaas is loosing more and more terrain to the American type Christmas / Santa Claus.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Lots of Love,
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Natale said...

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