So, I'm not going to 4CC this season because of work so I have to use my holiday time elsewhere. I am going to use a portion of it (well, one day because I can't get more right now, and I'm lucky to get this day off) to celebrate the best American holiday ever (maybe the best holiday in the entire world, but I'm not that knowledgeable of other cultures)--Black Friday! First time and I can't wait.
1) Canadians who go down during this time--how crazy will the border lineups be? I will be leaving Thursday after work (around 7pm). I'm hoping most Canadians will leave sooner in the day to celebrate Thanksgiving with family, but I don't really know. Especially, with stores like Walmart opening at 10pm Thursday.
2) How is traffic? I love how all the big box stores and malls in the US are always right off the highway. It's so easy to shop. But traffic will be crazy, right?
3) When will transit be available? Do they revise their schedule for this very special day? I'll be going to Portland so was planning to use their Max System, but I somehow doubt that it'll be open at 3 in the morning. Will I have to rely on my car?
4) BTW, will all the big sales only occur at these crazy hours, like 10pm to 5am? During the normal hours of Friday, will everything go back to regular prices? Is shopping at, say, 10am Friday just a waste of time?
5) I have checked out all the flyers, and I haven't seen one sale on something like toilet paper. I don't need a new television and I don't need to buy toys for little kiddies (I'm going for clothes and basic household items). However, Wal-Mart will have a HUGE sale on guns! Am I wasting my time when searching for a deal on toothpaste?
6) Does IKEA do Black Friday? They do not do Boxing Day up here.
7) Are restaurants and coffeeshops open during these crazy hours? Are restaurants and coffeeshops open on Thanksgiving? We'll be driving to Oregon on Thursday and I would rather eat dinner in the US than in Canada because I like to go to places I haven't been to before. As well, I will need in order to shop overnight.
8) Is it really that crazy? I find Boxing Day up here busy but not all that overwhelming. I don't mind the crowds. But I find most people polite and have fun in the madness. I find people pushier during other parts of the year. Is something like the Walmart incident the norm or an exception?
9) One doesn't need to justify a sale, but I have always been confused why the biggest sale of the year in the US is the day after Thanksgiving. Why would retail stores have such deep discounts during a time when lots of people will spend a lot of time and money regardless of the prices? They need to buy gifts for people. Our Boxing Day is the day after Xmas--so the sale items tend to be for things that no one wants/needs to buy.
10) Any tips and secrets of the trade will be greatly appreciated.
Oh yeah, Happy Thanksgiving, Americans. Enjoy your turkey and stuffing. BTW, how do people shop after eating so much? The last thing I want to do on a full stomach is try on clothes.