Saturday, November 24, 2012

All-Nighter? Let’s Do This!

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving! I really enjoyed being with my family and friends! :0) At first, we weren’t sure if my brother would be able to be with us related to a work issue, but he got off work in time and was able to make it!

After dinner, Kayla, Kim, and I had a hard time deciding what to do. We have Black Friday shopped together for as long as I can remember but this year, stores were opening early on Thanksgiving Day and that threw us for a loop! Personally, I don’t like stores to open on Thanksgiving day at all because I think everyone deserves to be able to spend Thanksgiving with their families but ah well, what can I say?

After debating back and forth for a while, we decided to begin our journey at midnight. (I think all the turkey made us slightly insane.) I’m NOT one to pull an all-nighter at all, but Kim and I decided it was a good way to start off our 30’s with a bang! Hehe!


It’s midnight! Let’s do this!


Our first stop was the mall….where we ended up in a line like this at Kohls! We stood for a good hour waiting to check out. MADNESS, I tell you!


Thankfully, Kayla was our savior! Yay COFFEE!

We spent all of the early hours of the morning at our mall, shopping around at the various stores that were brave enough to open that late (or early?).  We stopped at Bath and Body Works, Claire’s, Icing, Hallmark (when they opened), and American Eagle.


I had to snap a picture of the line of people waiting for JCPenny to open. Keep in mind, this was 3:30 a.m. and JCPenny didn’t open until 6 a.m.!

This year marked the end of an era for me. For the past 12 years, JCPenny has given away mini Disney snow globes at their doors every Black Friday. I started collecting these snow globes the year they started – 2000, I was just a senior in high school! Since that year, I have SO many fun memories of Black Friday snow globe trips! One year, we spent Thanksgiving in Dallas, TX and my dad took me to a local JCPenny where we stood outside in the cold waiting on JCPenny to open (I have an awesome dad, don’t I?). The year Jason and I started dating, he accompanied me on a Black Friday trip where we started at JCPenny for a snow globe.  I’m definitely appreciative for the free snow globes from JCPenny, but I’m sad at the same time. I loved my little tradition and I’m really sad its over!


Ah well….at least I can say I have the entire set!


Around 7 a.m., we decided that we were done. We spent our entire night at the mall and were able to cross A LOT of people off our Christmas lists! Yay! Mission Accomplished!

Even though we didn’t hit as many stores this year as we have in the past, we still had a great time and as always, I will look forward to Black Friday shopping next year!


Us with our purchases! We had a packed car!

How was your Black Friday? Did you brave the stores all night? Did you start early on Friday morning? Or are you an online shopper from the comfort of your home instead?

Which ever way you shopped (or didn’t shop at all!) I hope everyone had an amazing Holiday and a successful Black Friday! :0)


  1. We just posted about the exact same more snowglobes! :( I love lining up my collection each year on some table or shelf at the holidays. And that was definitely one of the high points of Black Friday for us too!

  2. wow yall are crazy! We went at midnight last year b/c our outlet mall opened then but we only stayed till about 2 am then went to bed! This year mom and I got up and went at about 9:00 and were able to get a ton of stuff without crazy lines or getting up early, I think by time we got there everyone was already done and asleep!

  3. it looks like you got a lot of great stuff! You are brave to do some black Friday shopping! I went to Sports Authority but that was it... so its not a very popular store probably to go on Black Friday haha!

  4. I don't think any sale could possibly be good enough to get me to participate in that madness. I don't even like the normal weekend crowds!


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