After spending several hours at the Dillards Outlet, I thought it would be fun to drive all the way across Omaha and hit the new outlet mall. I’ve heard that the day it opened people were parking on the interstate because it was so full. Of course I had to check this out.
Now if it was that crazy on opening day, I was expecting some sort of madhouse on Black Friday. While it was busy, I didn’t think it was any more crazy than any other outlet mall on any given day that I’ve been to, minus one store. Under Armour.
I think the world has gone mad over this brand. It is all my children want and it reminds me so much of the days when Nike first was the “it” brand. You had to have Nike shoes, Nike sweatshirts, Nike, Nike, Nike. While Nike is still very popular, Under Armour is the new “it” brand for athletics. Whatever. I’m willing to give them a chance and wear a few of their workout clothes. But if they really wanted to impress me, they’d figure out how to make those yoga pants take five pounds off just by wearing them!
I bought a few things for the Mr. at the outlet mall and the only store that I found any great Black Friday deals in was Ann Taylor. (I didn’t even go in the Coach store because it had a line to get in….why???) Normally I can’t afford much in Ann Taylor. I stick to Loft because you know I like to buy cheap! But on Black Friday they had cashmere sweaters for $40! In a rainbow of colors! I bought two. And I convinced my shopping “buddy” to buy two too! They are simple pullover v-necks. Unless they get holes or pill like crazy, these things will never be out of style. I’ll wear them until they fall apart!
The last place we ventured on Black Friday was…wait for it…Goodwill. It is hard to be in Omaha and not complete a day of shopping without hitting one.
I didn’t look through the clothes. I mainly shopped for the kids and went through the housewares. One great bargain they had was 50% off all designer purses. They must have known I was coming.
Dooney & Bourke
I bought this cute little Dooney & Bourke crossbody for $15. But I left the Prada purse there simply because it had a fold over the top clasp that just didn’t want to stay shut tight. I could envision all of my items all over the floor somewhere. So I left the Prada for some other devil.
Ironically enough I bought an Under Armour sweatshirt at Goodwill that looked brand new after just being at the outlet store. And I also found tons of fun household items. It was a successful stop, like it almost always is at Goodwill in Omaha.
By then I was exhausted. At least 12 hours of shopping later, it was time to call it a day. My wallet thanked me. Until next year Black Friday!
After a little Starbucks pick-me-up, we decided to head out to the Dillard’s Outlet. Why on Black Friday? No reason whatsoever. But I love to go there every chance I get. It is absolutely one of my favorite places to go. This trip in I was looking for a winter coat (non to be had), a dress (for a winter formal), holiday apparel and anything else that really struck a cord.
After hitting the dress department, I emerged with this little number. It needs some altering; I don’t want it to be both low in the front and backless. But I really liked it so I figured it would be worth spending the extra money to have it altered.
Pink Formal $30
I also picked up these pants and sweater to wear for the many holiday parties coming up.
Metallic Sweater & Pants $30 total
And here are some other little items I found. All for a grand total of…$123. Now you see why I love shopping there! Who’s ready to go again?
Black Heels & Booties $ total $30
Emerald Green Blouse $20 & Hot Pink Blazer $13
To continue my Black Friday shopping extravaganza, I think we finally left Nebraska Furniture Mart at about eight o’clock. And just about across the street is a Target. So guess where we headed next?
Now, I’ve stood in line almost all the way around the building before at NFM and was surprised to see that the lines barely made it to the parking lot. But I expected by the time we got to Target, many of the doorbusters would be gone. I mean, didn’t they open the night before?
But surprisingly, I got just about everything on my list there too. The only doorbusters that seemed really cleared out were some of the toys. At Target, I bought my child a 3DS XL for $150 at eight in the morning. People, this just doesn’t happen normally.
Another thing that just doesn’t happen normally, we went right up to the cash register. On Black Friday. I thought maybe I was in some sort of dream. I’m not sure if the shopping was less this year because a) people were mad that stores opened on Thanksgiving, b) they had already shopped the night before, c) they all shopped online, or d) no one was shopping this year. No matter the reason, it made for an excellent day of shopping for me. And I so happy to have a year of non-crowded Black Friday shopping.
Here’s all I purchased at Target:
1) Girl Legos- this was a must have on my kid’s list this year
2) Disney dolls including the Frozen girl
3) 3DS XL $150
5) Flannel sheets
6) Keurig coffeemaker $99
*All opinions in this post are my own and an honest view of my experiences as a NFM customer. This post is sponsored.
Where is my first stop every year I’m in Nebraska on Black Friday? Nebraska Furniture Mart. I enjoy shopping there so much and most of our home’s furniture and appliances were purchased there. (To read more about that, visit previous posts here.) And while so many businesses opened their doors on Thanksgiving, employees at NFM were home with their families. I appreciate that so much. I went out at midnight last year and decided that was not for me. I’d rather do one whole day and get up early.
Bright and early on Friday at six o’clock, I was standing in line to shop the best deals in the state. Not only does NFM provide excellent customer service, but their warehouses are full of products. So the likelihood that you won’t be receiving that TV you wanted or gaming system or whatever you were doorbusting for, isn’t an issue. And for prices that are Wal-Mart comparable!
NFM has all kinds of great products. They have just about everything- furniture, appliances, electronics, movies, games, household products. And on Black Friday, I’m looking for it all. Did I also mention that their products aren’t some crazy cheap off brand? Their household names like Sony, Samsung, La-z-Boy, Ashley, etc. Products you recognize for quality and reliability.
Yesterday, my list at NFM included: a home theatre system, TVs, tablets, Wii games, DS games, movies, vacuums, coffee mugs, silverware and ladder bookcases. The best part is- I got it all! Nothing was sold out. And we were moved from a line in the main store to a smaller line in housewares.
Waiting in Line
Taking a Rest
(Nice socks. Can you tell I got dressed in the dark?)
We also took a turn in Mrs. B’s, their clearance center. And I took some pictures of a few items I was lusting after-
Furniture I Love
And here’s just one of the trees they have on display. But I thought this one was extra cute. I have a nautical problem…
Nautical Christmas Tree
For more information on what I purchased at NFM and for what price, stay tuned! I’ll be writing more about my purchases this week. You can also visit their blog at: http://blog.nfm.com/
And I’ll share all of my Black Friday shopping experiences. I’ll be sure you hit all of the best stores to shop for Christmas!