We know, we know — it’s barely mid-afternoon and instead of focusing on the Thanksgiving turkey roasting its heart away in your aunt’s oven, you’re planning your line of attack for the more important holiday happening tomorrow: Black Friday.
With all the people buzzing about the mall and other stores in your community, we figured it would be a good idea to round up just a few deals you might want to be aware of to help you get organized for the day ahead. (If you scroll down just a tick, we’ll tell you about a store where all the male sales associates are going to be walking around half naked.) Just remember: stay hydrated, pace yourself, and no matter what, don’t shank anybody. Happy Thanksgiving, and best of luck at the stores!
Belk — You’ll want to be in line early at this department store. The first 250 shoppers at each store will be given gift cards valued between $5 and $1,000. Use your Belk card between 3 am and 1 pm on Friday, and you’ll get an extra 20 percent off on regular and sale-price items.
Bloomingdale’s — Most merchandise is 25 to 40 percent off, but if you shop in store, you’ll get $15 back for every $100 you spend. That way, you can come back to Bloomingdales to pick up any last minute gifts you may have forgotten.
Dillards — Southerners, eat your hearts out. We hear some Dillards stores will be slashing the prices of the big, brand-name merchandise it sells in half — but don’t start camping out tonight. Doors don’t open until 6 am.
JC Penney — Penny’s probably has the best deals of any of the big department stores. You can get 50 to 70 percent off cold weather gear, 60 percent off all blankets, and over 100 pairs of women’s boots that normally sell for over $80 are priced at $29.99. Priced to move. Like wildfire.
Macy’s — Leave it to America’s original department store to set up some great deals. Most Macy’s are opening at midnight, but you can shop the website today for at least an extra 20 percent off just about everything they sell. If you have a Macy’s card, you can get up to 15 percent off some purchases in store!
Neiman Marcus — We’re not sure this is exactly a Black Friday thing (because if you can afford to shop at Neiman Marcus, do you really need Black Friday deals?) but the store’s website is promising 40 percent off select merchandise. Discriminating discounts for discriminating customers.
Nordstrom — Per usual, this classy store is not participating in Black Friday, and has already posted signs proclaiming, “We won’t be decking our halls until Friday, November 25. Why? Well, we just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.” Well, more for Macy’s.
Saks — Spend $100 on beauty products online today (or online and in store on Friday) and you’ll get a $25 gift card. There’s also free shipping if you order online between now and Tuesday, Nov. 29 and use the promo code HOLIDAY at checkout.
Mass Market Stores
Amazon.com — You wanna $79 Kindle? Of course you do.
Sears and Kmart — Not tons of great deals here, but not too shabby either. The stores are offering 10 percent off home, jewelry and luggage purchases, 15 percent off clothes, accessories, cosmetics, fragrances and shoes. Also, if you use the code REALJOY when you check out online, you’ll get free shipping — but you have to spend $99 at Sears or $49 at Kmart to qualify for it.
Target — Doors open at midnight here, too, so you’re going to have to get in line right after the last plate has cleared the table. We hear there are doorbusters galore — like a 46′ flatscreen HDTV for under $300, and savings of 30 to 35 percent on jackets and sweaters.
WalMart — The world’s largest retailer is celebrating something we’re calling Black Friday Eve, and will unveil its various deals at 10 pm tonight. Those deals include such low, low prices as a waffle iron selling for $2.84. Yes. You read that right. If you’re not in line now, you may already be too late.
Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister — Ah, yes — this is what our headline alludes to. Where else can you stand around, watching listless, pretty, abdominally defined young dudes stand around on Friday? Nowhere. Because it’s cold in most places this time of year. Still, we think the “thousands of hot guys” promised to be working in A&F and Hollister stores across the country are there to distract you from the fact that their 50 percent off deals end at 9 am. Better get there at midnight.
Ann Taylor — If you’re going to be in New York City, swing by Ann Taylor’s Rockefeller Center store between midnight and 6 am for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree. If you’re not, well, you can still get 40 percent off literally everything in the store.
Asos.com — You’ll get 20 percent off everything you buy from the British e-tailer — including stuff that’s already on sale! — so long as you enter the codes “BLACKFRIDAY2011” for guy’s purchases and “HAPPYBLACKFRIDAY” for ladies’ things.
Express — Get there before noon, and your purchase will be 40 percent off. Get there after noon, and you still get 30 percent off! Basically, get there when you can — you’re gonna save a few shekels no matter when you go.
Forever21 — If you don’t feel guilty about shopping there, what with all the atrocities the store commits against fashion, you can take advantage of savings up to 75 percent off, which is by far the best deal going right now.
J.Crew — Fashion’s favorite “mid-range” retailer is giving its customers a mid-range discount: 25 percent off online orders and free shipping on orders of $150 or more with the code YOURGIFT.
Land’s End — We hear this purveyor of all many a staple is giving customers up to 50 percent off selected items called “St. Nicks Picks.” Rhyming!
Old Navy — Getting cold? All of this store’s outerwear is half off. We almost want to dare you to find someone who can beat that, but we’re afraid some of you could actually do it.
Urban Outfitters — We didn’t expect the people who brought us the Navajo trend to be that generous with the Black Friday sales. Take 50 percent off items in the sale section — but be sure to get to your local Urban before 10 am.
Joe’s Jeans — You could be saving right now! Get 25 percent off anything you buy online on Turkey Day.
Norma Kamali — We got an email on Wednesday promising up to 75 percent off on “classic styles” — and really, you can’t argue with that, can you?
Endless.com — Staying home? You can still get 33 percent off shoes, boots, handbags and other accessories at this online store.
New Balance — Is one of your resolutions for 2012 to start running? Get up to 50 percent off selected shoes and other gear in New Balance’s online shop and start running right.
PayLess — Some styles are up to 50 percent off, which means you can buy twice as many shoes!
Best Buy — There are some online-only deals, but real Black Friday diehards should be on the lookout for doorbuster deals. Doors open at midnight, and store associates will be handing out special passes to those who wait dutifully in line.
Dyson — Need an new vacuum cleaner? If you have to think about it, the answer is probably yes. Dyson is selling some of its vaccuums, fans and heaters for up to $170 off. Just in time to clean up all those holiday crumbs.
Toys And Video Games
GameStop — Tons of video games are $10, $15 and even $20 off — and if you’re looking to unload an old iPhone or iPad for cash, GameStop will buy it from you. Then you’ll have more cash to buy presents with!
Toys R Us — America’s favorite toy store is actually opening its doors 9pm the night of Thanksgiving, but you can still take advantage of tons of deals if you’re not one of the early birds — er, night owls — who gets there first. Lots of merchandise has been knocked down between 35 and 60 percent, and the store is promising this year’s sale features its lowest prices ever. If only our friends wanted toys instead of clothes for Christmas