Saturday, November 24, 2012
Which shopping bonanza do you prefer? Take our poll and let us know why you shop the way you do in the comments section.
Do you look forward to getting up in the wee hours the day after Thanksgiving for the best Black Friday deals at places like Target, Macy's or Walmart? Or do you prefer to sleep in over the long weekend and start your shopping from the comfort of your desk chair on what's become known as Cyber Monday? If you prefer Black Friday, you're part of a long shopping tradition. Black Friday has been around for more than 100 years, according to an article on its history in Time. It was already such a crucial kick-off to the holiday shopping season during the Great Depression, that retailers urged President Roosevelt to move Thanksgiving earlier in order to extend the shopping season. He did, but handled the messaging poorly and few people realized …
Share photos of your Black Friday purchases as part of Patch's photo gallery.
Did you go out and buy a 60-inch flat-screen television? A new wardrobe? A drum set? A fully functional Batmobile? Snap a picture and share it with our readers. We're putting together a photo gallery of Black Friday buys in our Patch communities. If you bought something impressively large, strange or cheap, let us all see by uploading a photo of your buy into the gallery.
Friday, November 23, 2012
The first day of Christmas, in the merry old U.S.A., is about credit cards, and Black Friday.
A Comics Patch cartoon by illustrator Charley Krebs.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Sticking around Lake Forest on Black Friday? Never fear - there's still some great Black Friday deals!
Want to join in on the holiday shopping spirit of Black Friday, but don't want to deal with the crowds at the mall? Then shop local! Friday is a big day for celebrating in Lake Forest (check out our schedule here), and be sure to check out these specials and sales from local stores while you're out and about. Happy shopping, and let us know what your best purchase of the day was in the comments!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Skip the traditional Black Friday this year to enjoy some community fun and support local businesses.
This weekend, take a step out of the crowds of en masse Black Friday shoppers at chain stores and into the light of new holiday beginnings - by staying within the city limits of Lake Forest for all of your holiday fun this weekend. Here's the top five reasons why! 1. There’s more fun to be had than dealing with the crowds. “Traditionally, the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony kicks off the Holiday season. It’s a time for residents to welcome home family and friends for the Holidays and to socialize,” said Shelley Walker, Special Events coordinator for the City of Lake Forest. This Friday, Lake Forest’s 29th Annual Tree Lighting ceremony on Western Avenue begins at 3 p.m. with a live ice sculpting performance by Art Below Zero. “Master Carver…
Ready, get set, go shopping! The bargain hunting starts early this year, so Patch has compiled the best big box discounts to give you a head start.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
If you want the best Black Friday deals, you'll barely have enough time to gobble down your turkey; forget about your pumpkin pie. Stores are opening earlier than ever on Thanksgiving Day to grab Black Friday shoppers. Toys 'R Us, Walmart, Kmart and Sears open their doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Target opens at 9 p.m. Many others open at midnight or very early Friday morning. Several stores are offering waves of doorbusters. Many also are advertising online deals, which include free shipping, and Black Friday prices all day Thanksgiving. The early start to Black Friday has even prompted some opponents to start petitions against the practice. Here's everything you need to know about Black Friday. Read on for more specific deal …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Apps to help you navigate and find the great deals on Black Friday.
Black Friday sales require a good strategy, comfortable shoes and a lot of coffee. There’s one more thing to add to the list: your iPhone or Smartphone. A variety of apps can turn your phone into a shopping tool that will help you navigate stores, get coupons and find the best prices. Wired reports more apps are being rolled out as retails “acknowledge the new reality of anytime, anywhere retail, a reality in which getting someone to tap an app on Black Friday is at least as important as getting them through the door.” A few recommendations from PCWorld.com includes: Google Maps Google Maps provides maps for stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom. This app can also be used to help you plan out your route and find items on store shelves. Google …
Are you gearing up to let your fingers do the walking on Cyber Monday?
Lake Forest and Lake Bluff residents who don’t want to brave the crowds on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday still have one more big chance to save courtesy of Cyber Monday. Similar to the two other major shopping events, Cyber Monday differs in that consumers don’t have to leave the comfort of their own homes (or offices) to take advantage of some pretty big pre-holiday deals. All the bargains laid out for Cyber Monday are for online shoppers only. So how can you find the best deals online this Cyber Monday? While most major retailers that have an online presence aren’t tipping their hats on their online deals just yet, many have splash pages set up that they're inviting shoppers to bookmark in advance of the Nov. 26 shopping …
Some malls and large retailers north of Chicago will keep special hours for the holiday shopping kickoff.
As Thanksgiving draws to a close Thursday, people throughout country will put down the turkey legs and pick up their wallets, ready to go bargain hunting. For those looking to score some Black Friday deals, here is a list of store hours at North Shore malls and large retailers. Old Orchard Shopping Mall, Skokie The outdoor shopping mall opens a bit earlier than usual for Black Friday. Shopping starts at 8 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Northbrook Northbrook Court opens slightly earlier and closes later than on a normal Friday. However, other Northbrook businesses, including some located in the mall, are keeping more extreme hours. Glenview Evanston Winnetka Deerfield Most stores in downtown Deerfield and Deerbrook Mall will keep normal hours …
Put your Black Friday shopping ideas in the comments to this story and we will share the best of them Thursday morning. Ready, set, shop.
Black Friday begins at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Thursday for north and northwest suburban Chicago shoppers and Patch wants to know your plan. Will you head to Toys R Us or Walmart at 8 p.m. Thursday before or after the Thanksgiving dishes are done? Target opens an hour later and will have more than 24 hours of continuous shopping. How will you take advantage of the deals at both places? How will you be planning to navigate from Toys R Us or Walmart to Macy’s at midnight and not be too far behind the line for the best of the bargains? Does your plan include a partnership? Will you trade lists with a friend and then become a placeholder while someone shops for you? Will you have a thermos of coffee or hot chocolate? Will you have your …