What’s in a name? We all know Black Friday is an unofficial holiday where many people have off from work, all except those working in retail. We also know it is known as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. But where did the name originate? Why did it become so popular? And most importantly, where are the best places to shop on this infamous day? Well the term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s and the “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. People also say the name comes from when the 1960’s police in Philadelphia griped about the congested streets, clogged with motorists and pedestrians. Regardless, this day became so popular because what American doesn’t like a good deal? Retailers offer doorbuster deals at as early as 5am, email online specials, and even more commonly stores open at 8 or 9pm on Thanksgiving, NOT Friday morning! Why wait for the last minute Christmas sales when you could check off all the items on your gift giving list the day after Thanksgiving. The earlier you check off all the items on your list, the better. Not to mention you check them off with a discounted price. Miss Black Friday? Then check out Cyber Monday. In this day and age everything is online. Rumor has it, you will get the best deals on electronics on Cyber Monday. So finally, before I leave you to go do my own Black Friday shopping I will share my favorite stores to hit on this shopaholic’s dream day. Target has everything so it is a must. As is Kohls, especially with LC’s line and other designers discount labels. Barnes and Noble for all you book and magazine lovers out there. Macys because well its an American classic. And finally, although Nordstrom does not adhere to the crazy hours, they still have loads of discounts and specials that premier coincidentally on Black Friday.
*originally published on November 29, 2013*