The third Thursday of November might be a holiday for a good part of the US but the day that follows is a big event for an even larger part of its people. It’s the day that kick starts the shopping season and it’s the day that America shops really hard. When I first heard of Black Friday and the fact that people lined up in front of stores in the wee hours of the morning, I found it hard to believe.
In the few years of living in the United States, I heard a lot more about the country's biggest shopping day: I heard of the deals, I heard of the rush and I even heard of the increasing numbers of road-mishaps that happen on that day. Wait, I've heard of stampedes too.
I went shopping one Black Friday, a couple of years ago and saw some of the crowds and the long lines at several shops at Great Mall in Milpitas, CA. But that was during the day. Last year I thought I should go and experience the the rush-before-dawn but then we were in LA that weekend so we had better things to do --like walk around Hollywood Boulevard and hang out with the stars at Madame Tussauds. So this Thanksgiving Day, a resolute me quickly did the dinner dishes, grabbed a sweater(and my point-and-shoot) and made my way to Valley Fair Mall in San Jose around 11:45 pm. This year, most shops promised to open at 12 am. And they did.
If you are travelling to the US during Thanksgiving you might see this; or you might want to go shopping or mall-hopping to experience this frenzy.
|Shoppers waiting for the doors to open, quarter to 12 on Thanksgiving Day|
|Midnight shoppers at Valley Fair Mall, San Jose, California|
|The was a DJ too, clearly adding to the festivity|
|Armani Store @ 1:19 am.|
|The food court was packed too. 1:52 am|
What this blogger did last Black Friday - click HERE