by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett
Today is Black Friday -- the (well, possibly formerly) biggest shopping day of the year and I'm staying home.
I only shopped once on Black Friday. I went to K-Mart with my sister-in-law and I think we shopped for about half an hour and then spent TWO HOURS in line. That was enough for me.
I did enjoy Black Friday when I was a vendor at an antiques arcade. That was also our biggest shopping day of the year and it was exciting. I worked the register and it was fun to see the wonderful (unique) items go out the door, and see my "tickets" at the end of the day. I almost always made my weekly rent, but I never made any money and it only took me twelve years to realize that before I gave it up for the writing gig.
Now I do most of my holiday shopping online. I've already bought four presents. I will probably hit my local B&N before Christmas, but not on a weekend, but other than that ... it's online shopping for me. This kind of attitude is the death to brick and mortar stores, but it's a lot easier and more pleasant. When you go to a store looking for something, chances are they aren't going to have it. With online stores, you know right away if they have it in stock. Of course, you might have to wait a week for it to come, but it's not as frustrating as going from store to store to store.
So, do you shop on Black Friday? Do you wait for Cyber Monday or do you just buy what you like when you like it?