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Reader poll Do you plan on shopping on Black Friday? Yes. I wouldn’t miss the bargains. I might shop sometime during the day. No. I’ll be avoiding the crowds.
With savings on their minds, Las Vegans bundled up this morning and braved the coldest morning of the season to catch some of the earliest Black Friday deals the valley had to offer.
Some stores opened Thanksgiving morning and won’t close their doors until Friday evening, pulling an all nighter. Friday, many of them offering some of the deepest discounts of the year.
Jeff Kalish, 39, and Diane Ambrose, 32, were among hundreds still waiting at midnight to enter Toys R Us, 1425 W. Sunset Road in Henderson, two hours after the store had opened. They were out for their first early Black Friday, Kalish said, shopping for their kids.
At the top of the list was cashing in on a deal for Transformers toys and picking up a remote controlled truck, Ambrose said. They had done their homework: They planned to grab a $12 remote controlled truck on sale instead of the $49 one their son had asked for.
“We’re going to get something that fits our budget. It’s crucial,” Kalish said, and the less expensive truck “is still going to do the same things.”
Ambrose said she clipped coupons and researched sales in the past week.
“I’ve never done any of that before,” she said. 25, 2010. Friday night.
All eyes will be on consumers’ spending this holiday season. The National Retail Federation projects an increase of 4.3 percent over last year’s sales during the last two months of the year. Las Vegas will try to recover from a two year slump: sales in November and December dropped to $4.9 billion in 2009 after an all time high of $6.3 billion in 2007.
According to the National Retail Federation, more than 140 million people almost half of the country will do at least some of their holiday shopping on Thursday and Friday.
Many stores continued the growing trend of opening Thursday night and staying open through Friday. Thursday, said Alexandra Goranson,
marketing director for the outlet mall.
Now in its fourth year, the mall’s “Midnight Madness” event has grown every Thanksgiving, Goranson said. Almost every store from Coach and The Children’s Store to Starbucks and Polo Ralph Lauren had lines Thursday night.
“It helps with the flow of traffic,” she said. Thursday opening. Taking in America’s unique shopping holiday for the first time, Greg admitted they were a little overwhelmed.
The pair decided to go out on a whim, but they had a list of their own.
“We’re looking for T shirts and hoodies for people back home,” Wanda said. “It seemed like a good opportunity.”Black Friday frenzy started early for some shoppers as the Las Vegas Premium Outlets opened their doors Thanksgiving night, November 25th 2010.
Outside Coach, a line of more than 200 people wrapped around the mall’s sidewalk as they waited for the store’s midnight opening. Some shoppers stopped at other stores before bucking down for the wait in chilly temperatures. Thursday, equipped with blankets and lawn chairs, and earned a spot near the front of the line. First on their agenda was a new purse.
“We’re being selfish,” Wallace said with a laugh. They also planned to check out other stores, many of which offered discounts from 40 to 75 percent.
Brooks said she had between $200 and $300 to spend Thursday night, about the same as last year.
Thanksgiving weekend is huge for retailers. In recent years, so called Black Friday has been the busiest shopping day of the year, according to data from research firm ShopperTrak. But it doesn’t necessarily provide a complete forecast of holiday sales. In fact, shoppers seem to be procrastinating more every year, so the fate of the holiday season is increasingly down to the last few days before Christmas.
Retailers do study buying patterns for the weekend to discern shoppers’ mindset. This year, that means taking the measure on their willingness to spend just a little bit more.