Friday, November 23, 2012
Upload your photos of Black Friday craziness.
Did you get up early for Black Friday? Send us your photos of long lines and the best deals you found. Here’s how to share your photos: First make sure you’re a registered Patch user. Click the green "Upload Your Photos and Videos" button above and upload your image. To add a caption, click “Edit Photo” after uploading the image and fill in the caption line. Then click “Finished Editing.”
Thursday, November 22, 2012
A few tips on beating the traffic while holiday shopping during Black Friday weekend.
About 147 million people plan to go shopping during the Black Friday weekend, according to a recent National Retail Federation survey. With that said, shopaholics everywhere are gearing up for a weekend marathon of purchasing Christmas gifts, necessities for their homes and other items that many retailers are marking down for the holidays. To help beat the crowds and find the items on your shopping list, read over these Black Friday shopping tips:
Tuesday, November 13, 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 …
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Black Friday is known for being the largest shopping day of the year.
With stores opening early, closing late (or not at all!) Black Friday is an annual mad-dash for good deals before the holidays. So we want to know, did you brave the stores for Black Friday? What kind of deals did you find?
Friday, November 25, 2011
For shoppers looking for less crowds on Black Friday, outdoor areas like Georgetown's M Street and Market Common Clarendon, or smaller malls such as The Ballston Common might be the way to go.
While the Pentagon City Mall and bigger box stores like Target and Walmart met with frenzied lines of shoppers when they opened their doors late Thursday night, smaller venues saw much quieter Black Fridays. "I'll tell you one thing, I'm never going to Walmart again anywhere near Black Friday," said Ballston shopper Cindy Lopez. "We went there last night because we were looking for an Xbox for my brother, and it was insane. Usually I love camping out, it's exciting and it gives me a rush. But the line went from the registers at the front to the back of the store, and in the electronics department, I heard one lady threatening to punch another lady in the face." Told from the calm, relatively quiet atmosphere of the Ballston Common Mall, …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
With Small Business Saturday coming this weekend, you can help drive feet — and wallets — to your favorite independent business.
You might be the type who finds sleeping on a freezing sidewalk for the best Black Friday deals exciting. Or perhaps you've already started working out your mouse-clicking finger for Cyber Monday. But if neither scenario appeals to you, there is an alternative — Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday, conceived by American Express to help spotlight the efforts of local small businesses, comes at the beginning of the big holiday shopping sprint — this Saturday — and encourages shoppers not to bypass Main Street for the mega-mall. Clarendon Patch would love to hear which small businesses you can't live without in Arlington County. Tell us in the comments which independently owned business is a must for shoppers this Saturday and …
Never before has being digital come with so many options.
This year, the chances are high that you'll either be shopping for an e-reader or hoping to find one under the tree with your name on it. Mashable, in its look to see which tablet has generated the most online buzz, calls e-readers "the Tickle Me Elmo for adults." Luckily, the Arlington County Library has put together a nice collection of tips to help sort out the differences between a Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire (and other ways to read without paper). But before you rush out to the Apple Store or Barnes & Noble, let us know...
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.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
With Black Friday (and Small Business Saturday) fast approaching, we want to know...
Feel free to venture outside the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor in your comments!