So every year the hype about Black Friday becomes bigger and bigger..especially now in Canada. What once was a day of deals in the United States, has also become one in Canada as well. For the past 3 or so years, the hubby and I have gone Black Friday shopping. A few years back places used to open at midnight and 4:00 a.m., now open at 8:00 p.m. and the joy of the ‘early morning’ shopping become plain and boring cause lets face it, most of the novelty surrounding Black Friday had to do with waiting in line for the stores to open at 4:00 a.m; but we cannot miss out – we must go as it has become a tradition for us and a one month old baby and a toddler wasn’t going to stop us!
Most parents probably think we are crazy, but this year consider ourselves lucky that the stores were open at 8:00 p.m. because aside from postponing our daughters bedtime, we could go shop for a bit and be home by midnight! Now if anybody knows Black Friday – you never REALLY need as much as you think you do, but you will ALWAYS find something to buy whether you need it or not, I have to admit though, we came home with hardly anything this year…can you believe it!!! I mean you came all this way, you gotta buy something right – but that is according to a woman of course, the men will think quite differently. This year like last have been rather dry on the deal front. We noticed that many of the sales are the same ones as the year before – so if we had already picked up a kitchen gadget last year, it is likely that the same one will be available this year – hence the reason why Black Friday has just lost a lot of its lustre for us but like I said the tradition has us going back no matter what the deal. So despite the same deals on kitchen gadgets we are on the search for toys and stuff that the kids can use and when it comes to Black Friday, the deals for children’s toys is actually pretty good..the problem however is getting to the store early enough to pick up the item before it is sold out, and that unfortunately happened to us this year for many of the things we had anticipated on purchasing.
Despite not finding the toys we had hoped to buy, the road trip was fun and eventful. We were lucky that our daughter is such a trooper and enjoyed the outing and scribbling a letter to Santa at Macys; while our son just slept through our entire shopping trip down, it just was a shame to have trek the two kids out so late only to have an unsuccessful shopping trip. Although it may have not been the most successful, it was the first road trip of many to the United States for our son and that in itself was memorable fun – even if he slept through it all.