Black Friday Shopping, Deals, Hours and Don’t Forget – *Maine IS Different*
Remember, Maine is one of only 3 states in the country with blue laws that prevents a big retail store (and even some grocery stores!) from opening on major holidays. LL Bean is the only exception as they are grandfathered and is the only Maine retail store open 24 hours a day 365 days a year. For us, the craziness WILL start on Black Friday...
First and foremost. Black Friday can be....well, scary. What if it was an actual horror movie? Here is the trailer for said movie.
NOW ONTO THE MADNESS!!!!
Kmart is throwing Black Friday out the window by opening at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. They’ll have deals that day from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. and then new deals starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday and going through 3 a.m. on Friday. Friday’s deals kick in at 6 a.m. and go until 12 p.m. There are deals that will last from Thursday through Saturday, as well as online pre-sales starting November 22 for members only.
Best Buy will kick off the Black Friday festivities by opening its doors at 5 p.m. on Thursday for early bird doorbusters. They will close again at 1 a.m. on Friday, only to reopen a few hours later at 8 a.m. They will start handing out tickets for the items you’re interested in two hours before the 8 a.m. opening. You can shop deals early online both Thursday and Friday.
Toys R Us
If you have lots of kiddie stockings to fill, you can start your shopping at Toys R Us at 5 p.m. on Thursday. They have deals running from 5 to 9 that evening and then start up new bargains on Friday at 7 a.m. 200 doorbusters might be worth inhaling your pumpkin pie.
Target is going “new traditional” by opening at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This seems to be the trend for most retailers. They don’t appear to be staggering their deals. They will offer early-bird discounts online starting on Thursday if you want to skip the crowds and just risk getting gravy on your computer.
You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to get your Walmart shopping done. Their pre-Black Friday event starts on Friday, November 21, at 8 a.m. in stores. Otherwise, they too will open their doors on Thursday at 6 p.m. with doorbuster deals. New discounts take effect at 8 p.m. that day. Then, on Friday at 6 a.m. there will be fresh bargains, with other deals valid Friday through Sunday and Cyber Monday discounts to close out your shopping. They will also offer one-hour guarantees on popular items.
You can always get a deal at Kohl’s, but they won’t be outdone for Black Friday, when they will have more than 500 specials and Kohl’s Cash earnings. Keep in mind that they’ll be open from 6 p.m. Thursday until 1 p.m. on Friday. Plan to be done shopping there by Friday afternoon. If you miss it, though, you can get Black Friday discounts online now through 3 p.m. CST Friday, November 28.
If appliances are what you’re after this holiday season, you should start at Sears at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. They will be open all night. They’ve got some discounts starting Thursday with a fresh batch happening on Friday at 6 a.m. that will end on Monday, if you can’t make it earlier in the weekend. Other bargains will be good from Thursday through Saturday. Or, if you’re a member, stay home and shop online starting at 6 p.m. CST on Thursday.
Even though they’ll also be busy at the parade, Macy’s will open at 6 p.m. on Thursday to start their Black Friday deals. They’ll stay open until Friday at 1 p.m. and reopen Saturday at 7 a.m., until 1 p.m. The good news is you can also shop deals online while you watch the parade on TV. In general, discounts will be good all weekend.
TJ Maxx & Marshall’s
As is their (refreshing) custom TJ Maxx and Marshall’s will not be open on Thanksgiving Day. They will reopen on Friday and offer extended hours through December 24 for holiday shopping. Check with your local store for hours.