Saturday, November 24, 2012
Three local women share thoughts on their shopping experience - in case you decided to skip the mall.
Maybe you decided to skip Black Friday this year. Maybe you chose to hit up a few stores outside the mall instead. In case you were curious what all the hype was about, a few local shoppers have agreed to share their tales with Patch. You can enjoy these stories from the comfort of your own home - no lines needed. Kaitlin Chittenden, 18, from Reston: "My sister and I arrived at Fair Oaks Mall last night at 9:45, thinking it was going to be crazy crowded, but there was no one there. By 10:40, there were just over 50 people waiting outside of the entrance to the mall. When the mall opened at 11, people flooded in from all different entrances. My sister and I went straight for Victoria's Secret and ended up being the first 2 people in line. …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Did you just snag the deal of a century? Did you wake up before dawn? Tell us all about it.
While many in Northern Virginia were still sleeping off Thanksgiving early on Friday morning, Marcie Foster of Vienna was already out of bed, snagging Black Friday deals. At 7:30 a.m., she reported that World Market was running a free movie ticket doorbuster plus a "Life of Pi" ornament. There were still some tickets left at 7:30 a.m. This is Foster's third year participating in Black Friday Shopping. She is ultimately looking to get a Dyson DC33 at Walmart and Christmas decorations at Macy's. "Lots of folks say it's not a good deal anymore, but I think it's a fun family activity," she told Patch. Are you out shopping today? Are the lines terribly long? What are you looking for? Let us know! Upload your photos above this article and leave …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
A few tips on beating the traffic while holiday shopping during Black Friday weekend.
This year, about 147 million people plan to go shopping during the Black Friday weekend, according to a recent National Retail Federation survey. The survey shows a slight decrease from last year’s 152 million who planned to shop during the same weekend. Specifically, the survey shows that 71 million said they would shop and another 76 million said they would wait and see what retailers have in-store that weekend. “Though the Black Friday tradition is here to stay, there’s no question that it has changed in recent years; already there is a tremendous amount of excitement and anticipation surrounding retailers’ Thanksgiving and Black Friday promotions,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. With that said, shopaholics everywhere are …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tysons Galleria will open at 9 a.m. Friday.
Pull out those tennis shoes and set the coffee pot to brew extra early. Black Friday is almost here. If you're planning on hitting up one of the malls in Tysons Corner, here is a list of their special holiday hours this weekend. Tysons Corner Center Tysons Galleria
Thursday, November 15, 2012
We want a Patch Street Team to take us along on the busiest shopping day of the year
This coming Black Friday, we want all the die-hard Black Friday shoppers to take us with them as they hit the streets (or the mall). Where are you headed? Is it Target or Tysons Corner Center? What are you looking for? A new iPad? Diamond earrings? What was your best find? A cool barbecue grill? We'll outfit you with some Patch swag - including a renewable canvas shopping bag and a Patch water bottle - and a gift card to help caffeinate your morning. In exchange, we'll ask for: There are a limited number of team spots available. To apply, email the following information to lauren.sausser at patch.com
Monday, November 12, 2012
Target, Kmart included in turkey day sales. Is it too early to start Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving Day?
If you have a black belt in Black Friday shopping, listen up: Area big-box retailers are gearing up to dazzle bargain hunters even earlier this year—starting Thanksgiving Day, right after you put away the pumpkin pie. Walmart, Target and Kmart are planning all-out holiday shopping assaults. Why doze off in a turkey slump watching football when you can be out taking care of holiday shopping business? Walmart will offer, beginning at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, holiday gifts for the entire family, while supplies last. That includes an electric scooter for $79, a steam mop for $39 or men's jeans for $9.50. (Why do Mom and Dad always get the boring presents?) Target's deals begin an hour later, at 9 p.m. According to an ad leaked …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Many stores will open early on Friday.
For many, getting an early start on holiday shopping during the Black Friday weekend is as much a part of the Thanksgiving tradition as turkey and cranberry sauce. This year, the National Retail Federation is expecting 152 million shoppers to take advantage of Black Friday deals. If you're planning on hitting the metro area's malls, here's what you'll need to know. Tysons Corner Center, McLean, Va. Tysons Galleria, McLean, Va. Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, Va. Ballston Common Mall, Ballston, Va. Westfield Montgomery Mall, Bethesda, Md. White Flint, North Bethesda, Md. Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, Md. Mazza Gallerie, Chevy Chase, D.C. The Shops at Georgetown Park, Georgetown, D.C.
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Thursday, November 24, 2011
Enjoy your families, Fun Facts for Thanksgiving Day. Nearly 250 million turkeys raised this year. Average American eats 13 pounds of turkey a year. And more Black Friday Shopping Tips. After dinner read the ads and do your sales homework.
Be careful out there
Thursday, November 24, 2011
The county's Office of Consumer Affairs also sent along these tips to those braving Black Friday sales: Contact The Consumer Affairs Office if you have problems: