Yesterday evening, after we had both returned home freshly-stuffed from our mother’s, we briefly considered getting up in time to be at Wal-Mart’s Black Friday sale. They had two items that we were interested in and the prices on both had been dramatically reduced. After realizing that it started at 5 am and we’d be standing in the freezing cold with a throng of ravenous shoppers, we quickly came to our senses.
I woke up around 8:45 and decided to call and see if the items we wanted were sold-out. Much to my surprise, I was told that they still had a few in stock, so we quickly got dressed and braced ourselves for the typical after-Thanksgiving shopping experience.
As we pulled into the store’s parking lot, I saw that it was two-thirds empty. We went inside to find that many of the items that had been featured prominently in their sales flyer were still on the shelves. As we paid for our items and left the store, we noticed that the parking lot had become considerably more crowded while we were inside. I guess that most of the people in my small town decided to sleep off the turkey before hitting the stores.
So, I found some great bargains in an uncrowded retail store and I’ve officially started my Christmas shopping. And I didn’t even have to get up at 4 am.