LEXINGTON, Ky. (11/27/13) — There is a name for everything in today’s world, even the busiest shopping weekend of the year. Only a few years ago stores would close down on Thanksgiving in observance of the holiday, now it seems like Thanksgiving will be a lost holiday in a few more years. Some people love fighting the crowds but others think that the best thing to do is to spend time with family. The Fayette Mall will be starting its “Black Friday” sales 8 p.m. Thanksgiving.
“ I like the idea. I know my parents are usually in bed by 9,” Christian Sloan an avid Black Friday shopper said. “It gives me a chance to get out early and get them something for Christmas.”
Out of the many people that I had talked to about it, some are disgusted at the thought of the mall opening that early on Thanksgiving.
“I don't like it but people will flood the stores and it will be even earlier next year,” shopper Jessica Reynolds said. “Those people who are working should be with their families at that time filling up their second rounds on food.”
“I personally barely ever get to have dinner with my family because of our different work and school schedules,” Shelby Gray, a retail store employee said. “The one time I'm supposed to be able to eat dinner with my family I'll be working so people can fight over sheets.”
Others, however, enjoy the rush of fighting the crowd on Black Friday.
“I have an annual routine where I look at Black Friday ads with my family, then go after midnight with the other dedicated shoppers,” Tomi Jean Clifford said. “I think opening the mall and other stores early on Thanksgiving is taking away the fun of early morning shopping!”
However some like Jackie Tokarchick think that people should take advantage of Small Business Saturday and shop local.
“I signed a pledge to not shop on Thanksgiving so people can spend time with family. I will instead be shopping this weekend to put money back into our local businesses,”
I hope this Thanksgiving weekend you spend your time and your money wisely.
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