The holiday shopping season is upon us! Some want more time to shop, and there are plenty of retailers giving the people what they want. Even our beloved President Franklin D. Roosevelt wasn’t opposed to having an extra week in the shopping season. In 1939, the U.S. economy was still suffering from the Great Depression. So, U.S. retailers begged President Roosevelt to move Thanksgiving up a week to increase the number of shopping days before Christmas. He agreed, but a lot of Americans didn’t. After much criticism, the President moved  Thanksgiving back to it’s original day (the fourth Thursday in November), and it was sanctioned as a legal holiday in 1941. But that hasn’t stopped us from shopping as much – or as little – as we want. The biggest shopping day of the year is only two days away. You already know what you’re doing, but here are a few more things you can do to make the best of Black Friday (in case you hadn’t thought of these). Check this list – more than twice if you’d like.

Black Friday

1. Be sure to get adequate rest Thanksgiving night. By “adequate” we mean not quite lying down but comfy enough to catch some Zzzz’s. Try sleeping in a recliner. We know it sounds strange, but trust us on this. You’ll be up and ready go in no time.

2. Review the Friday specials in advance so you don’t have to rely on your impromptu math. You don’t want to stand in the middle of a showroom trying to figure out if buying the table with two chairs is less expensive than buying it with four chairs. This is a real time killer, and you don’t have any to spare. 

3. Clear out all storage spaces before Friday. This is where your armoires, ottomans and your kids’ storage beds really come in handy. You’ll need some place to keep your incredible finds. Remind your family that the holidays are a time of sharing, and tell them their belongings will be returned as soon as there’s a break in sales promotions. They love you. They’ll go along with it.

4. Make sure everything stretches – your dollars, your limbs, and your pants. You have a long day ahead of you. No one wants their shopping trip cut short because their legs got stiff or they didn’t wear comfy clothes. Plan your strategy and dress for success (your Thanksgiving eating pants can pull double duty for Black Friday too).

5. No matter what happens, keep your spirits up. Don’t let the crowds discourage you. Remember this is all for your loved ones. They help make your days brighter all year, and they’re worth it.

Our showrooms will be open on Black Friday from 8 am to 9 pm. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!