BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING….Not Thanksgiving Day/ Thursday shopping!!


So as October starts to wind down, I am getting excited about one of my favorite days of the  year…..  Black Friday!!!

Yes I am one of those crazy people that go out every year and see how many great deals I can find on that fateful day.    I do want to mention that the last couple of years, when department stores decided it was more profitable to move the Black Friday date to Thanksgiving day, kind of killed it for me.   I mean it is called ” Black Friday”  NOT “Black Thanksgiving day/night!!”   It really bothers me that now there are employees of those stores that don’t get to spend time with their families because the sales start on Thanksgiving day, instead of early the next morning.    I am happy to state that I have read a report recently that has a list of stores that WILL NOT be opening on Thanksgiving Day, and I have included that information below.

Every year for about the last 6- 8 years , my husband and I have had a tradition on Thanksgiving morning.   I get up, put the turkey in the oven, and while the kids are still sound asleep, I sneak out of the house at some awful time of the morning, generally around 5 am. and head to our local K-Mart.  That is the only store I have ever shopped on Thanksgiving Day, until this new craze hit the department stores a couple years ago.   I always looked at the Thanksgiving morning sale as a “jump start” to my marathon shopping that I would go do the following morning, on Black Friday.  I was recently in our local K-Mart and I was told by one of the employees  that K-Mart hasn’t decided whether or not they will be open on Thanksgiving Day yet or not.   So it will be interesting to find out whether they will stay with that tradition or not.

In the meantime, I am waiting not-so-patiently for the Black Friday ads to come out.  I will spend hours, looking through the ads, and planning my “attack” for my marathon shopping trip!  Due to my disability and my inability to do a ton of shopping at once, I have a feeling that some of my shopping this year may have to be online.   Now that isn’t to say that I won’t still go out and find some deals in my regular stores that I go to every year, as I promise you , I just can’t help myself!!   However, this year , my daughters have promised to go with me and help me as needed.   To me , it just isn’t the same to sit at my laptop and find the “great deals”.   I want the thrill of the shopping trip!

Feel free to comment below and let me know if you are a fellow Black Friday junkie or if you steer clear of the stores that weekend.   Please share this post to your Facebook , Twitter, etc, so that others may know the stores that won’t be open.


Here is the list that I found according to of stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. 

  • A.C. Moore (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors
  • American Girl
  • AT&T (Customer Service Closed; Select Retail Locations Closed)
  • Barnes & Noble (Allow booksellers to spend time with family)
  • Bed Bath & Beyond (Select Locations)
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Blain’s Farm & Fleet (Allow employees to enjoy the holiday with their families)
  • Burlington (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • Cabela’s (Retail closed; Call Centers Open)
  • Chico’s – All frontline boutiques
  • Christmas Tree Shops (Select Locations)
  • Costco
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Dillard’s (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • DSW
  • GameStop (5 a.m. Black Friday opening)
  • Gardner-White Furniture (8 a.m. Black Friday opening)
  • Guitar Center
  • Half Price Books
  • Harbor Freight
  • hhgregg
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • IKEA
  • Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
  • Jos. A. Bank
  • Lowe’s
  • Mall of America
  • Marshalls (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • Mattress Firm
  • Menards
  • Mills Fleet Farm (Allow employees to spend the holiday with family and friends)
  • Navy Exchange
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nordstrom (non-store employees working )
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Office Depot and OfficeMax
  • The Original Mattress Factory
  • Outdoor Research
  • P.C. Richard & Son
  • Patagonia
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Pier 1 Imports (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • Publix
  • Raymour and Flanigan Furniture (8 a.m. Black Friday opening)
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Staples
  • The Container Store
  • T.J. Maxx (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • Tractor Supply
  • Von Maur (9 a.m. Black Friday opening)


10 Responses so far.

  1. Martha DeMeo says:

    I save so much money on Black Friday……I don’t go shopping. LOL I have a plan where I stock pile things throughout the year for the grandchildren and as it gets closer, I finish off mostly on line. I’m not a big fan of shopping, like to get in and out in a hurry. I also find it saves me money by not going because I would probably end up with every sale available. The one store unlike to go on the Saturday after Black Friday is Bass Pro Shop. They have awesome deals over the weekend.

  2. Sherri James says:

    I used to do the black friday early morning runs when my son was little. Now that he is grown… I much prefer to sit in front of the computer and do black friday shopping… In my pajamas with a nice cup of peppermint mocha coffee to get me in the holiday spirit…lol

  3. I just got hired at a major discount department store today and was told I must work Thanksgiving. It doesn’t really matter to me because I get Christmas off which is more important at this stage of my life…BUT for those that do celebrate it is sad. I used to love Black Friday and would get up at 5am to be at the stores early. It was fun and exciting to get those deals and promos. Since the stores started opening on Thanksgiving its kind of tarnished it for me. Now I do more of my shopping on Cyber Monday in my PJ’s at the computer. Great blog post!

  4. melyssajo says:

    Love shopping on black friday, even though the stores are crazy busy they offer some pretty great deals. Thanks for sharing!!

  5. slehan says:

    I’ve never wanted to do Black Friday. No extra money for that.

    slehan at juno dot com

  6. tizzysays says:

    I have never left my home to shop on Black Friday. Most times it was because the money situation was not right. But, the last few years I have skipped it as well because of all the craziness that goes on in these stores. I do not want to go to jail for beating someone down for shoving me LOL

  7. I shop on Cyber Monday since I don’t drive. It’s just easier for me. Although this year with my husband’s schedule I might take advantage of some Black Friday.

  8. Such a helpful list! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Black Friday is MY favorite holiday! Thanks for the list.

  10. Riana Halsey says:

    Yay Black Friday

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