There were a lot of stories in the media this year about stores opening earlier than ever on Black Friday. Many stories talked about increased security and safety training, as malls and merchants tried to keep their customers from injuring each other in their rush to buy. These don’t sound like happy shoppers to us!
I worked at the thrift shop on Black Friday – and it was a delightful day! Our customers weren’t tired, frazzled, or desperate to get their hands on the early-bird special. Many people told us they had no intention of going to the mall, because it was too crowded and exhausting to shop there. Instead, they came to the thrift shop where there was ample parking just a few steps from the door, they had plenty of time to browse for gifts for everyone on their list, and Assistance League volunteers would even help carry their packages to the car. What better way to get in the holiday spirit?
Now I have to be honest, and admit there are things you won’t find at the thrift shop on Black Friday. We won’t have a 50 inch flat screen TV (even if we had one, it would never fit in the shop); an iPad Air; or the hugging Elmo doll (but check back on that one in a couple of years). For those, you’ll still have to go to the mall. For almost everything else you need on Black Friday, or the other 25 shopping days until Christmas, there’s the thrift shop!