Black-Friday Showdown!




Poor Thanksgiving Turkey doesn’t stand a chance. I have this vision of Santa bringing up the end of the Thanksgiving Day Parade with spurs sparkling and guns blazing!Β  A signal, for “Let the holiday madness begin!” There’s hardly time to put away the turkey leftovers with Black-Friday sales starting at 10pm Thanksgiving night…sheer madness. I’ll admit, even as I write this post, I’m waiting to check out some Black-Friday on-line deals. I’m all for nabbing those sales…without the crowds πŸ˜‰Β  How bout the rest of y’all–anyone braving the crowds today?

I’m having my own Black-Friday giveaway today! One comment shooter will win a western holiday tin star and a yet-to-be-released LARGE PRINT copy of my first book, MUSTANG WILD. I received a box of these new large-print books last week, along with the news that my first two books will finally be available in e-book format on December 15th. I’ll be giving away e-books next month on my Facebook Fan Page, so sign on to my FB Fan Page if you’re interested!

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I’d love to hear some Black-Friday survivor stories πŸ˜€

Any mall-mishaps or Tickle-Me-Elmo tug-a-wars in your past? Come away with any amazing deals? What’s the earliest you’ve hit the stores? I did the whole 4 a.m. thing ONE time, and my cell phone beeped around 8 am–it was my niece letting me know my 5 & 6 year-old boys had just seen me on the morning news with my arms full of Hot-wheels and Pokemon. Another reason Black-Friday can be dangerous, those sneaky news crews πŸ˜‰

Hoping everyone had a fun Thanksgiving and wishing y’all a smooth ride into the winter holiday season!

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35 thoughts on “Black-Friday Showdown!”

  1. I have relatives and friends who all go shopping at 4 a.m. I can’t make myself drive in the dark to shop in the hope of getting something on sale and then finding out the store only had a few in stock or maybe 1, why not lower the prices in the first place and give everyone a chance to give kids their christmas wishes? I use to love christmas shopping but over the years it has lost the true meaning.
    Glad to see your books are being reprinted, they are amazing stories, wishing you a merry christmas this year. Donna

  2. I love Black Friday shopping and usually go every year. Last year I headed to Walmart to get a few DVDs and as soon as they blew the whistle people pulled out all kinds of weird ‘weapons’ to dig in to the plastic. Keys, nail files, pocket knives, fingernails, teeth! Oh, it was SO crazy!

    This is the first year in a long time that I didn’t go. I am actually done with my Christmas shopping already. Yay!

    My mom always tells me stories of the Cabbage Patch doll craze back in the 80s and how she had to jump into a frenzy in order to snatch one. I was a lucky girl that Christmas. πŸ™‚

  3. I’ve never been a big shopper, so Black Friday is a nightmare idea for me. I’d much rather stay at home, sleep in, and enjoy the chaos of family rather than strangers. πŸ™‚

    I have to say, Stacey, that I LOVE your turkey cartoon. We had Christmas stuff in our stores before Halloween was even over. Crazy! And your Santa on horseback picture is a keeper. Love that! Hope you’re enjoying your holiday.

  4. No good stories for you.

    I’m with Karen, I’ve never been a big shopper either, so the thought of getting to a store at 3AM with a bunch of insane people fighting over the next big thing sends me into a fit of apoplexy. :O)

    But I do like cyber Monday, great deals without being swallowed by a stampede.

    Love the Santa on horseback. I may have to steal that one.


  5. Stacey, congratulations on your large print books and also the e-book format for your first two books! That’s great. I loved Mustang Wild. Your books are always keepers.

    I don’t Black Friday. Never have and probably never will. Just too many crowds and pushing and shoving. I’d much rather get my sleep. Besides, I’m cutting way down on my Christmas gift buying. I long to go back to the days when John Boy Walton got a Big Chief tablet and a new pencil and was perfectly content. I wonder…do they even sell Big Chief tablets anymore. I don’t think I’ve seen them in a while.

  6. I am not a big shopper so I avoid the crowds and stores which scare me. Just relax at home and read for the day. Your book looks wonderful. best wishes.

  7. Congratulations on your large print and ebooks, Stacey. That news should make some readers very happy.
    Black Friday sounds like my idea of a nightmare, big crowds pushing, grabbing, long lines, etc.. I am staying home today, checking out a few bargains on line, have yet to order any of them.
    But my Thanksgiving was wonderful. Still nibbling leftovers and basking in the glow.

  8. No Black Friday stories from me. I dislike shopping at the best of times, which Black Friday isn’t. Nor am I tech savvy. A friend has a catalog collection, so I shall browse for ideas that I hope can be translated into purchases at indie stores located in a remote area (perhaps unknown to all but local residents and me).

    Best wishes for success Mustang Wild and your ebooks.

  9. I remember the Cabbage Patch dolls. They never appealed to me. Rainbow Brite was hard fought for. Also Ghostbuster toys for my sons. I’m non violent so I tend to back away from confrontations and sopping on Black Friday.

  10. I try not to go shopping with all of the crowds on this day. However, I did need to go to the grocery store this morning. Very few people in the store so I zipped around and got throught it in less time.
    I see where there were large crowds here in my town-hope it was worth their wait.
    Anymore, I do most of my shopping online early.

  11. The last time I went Black Friday shopping was years ago, I actually had to sit on the box to keep others from taking it from me… hate having to wait and then end up with nothing… my sisters and mother go every year… they actually went out last night at 10pm and came home at 6am… they had a few things…
    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

  12. Thank you, Donna! I’m just not aggressive enough to elbow my way through those crowds LOL I enjoy cyber shopping, and getting boxes in the mail *ggg* I think I have a gift wrapping fetish–love to sit and wrap and get crazy with the wire ribbon–got some really pretty orange and green ribbon this year πŸ˜‰

  13. OMG, Stephanie!!! Not sure which is more shocking, the DVD combat or having finished your shopping before Thanksgiving–wow! I think I’m jealous πŸ˜‰

    My little sisters were into those cabbage patch dolls, and I somehow ended up with the knock-off, a Lettuce Head Kid–looked like a sick cabbage patch with a green tinted face LOL! Can’t remember who gave it to me, but I remember cracking up. Pretty sure I still have it packed away somewhere.

  14. Only time I hit a store at 4AM was because my friend talked me into going with her for a Furbie! My daughter really didn’t care that much either lol. Today the only store I went to was the pet store – I lucked out because even they were having a huge sale lol.

  15. Thanks, Karen! Did you click on that cowboy Santa to enlarge it—it really is a gorgeous pic πŸ™‚ I saw that turkey toon earlier this week, it made me laugh and I wanted to share πŸ˜‰ Cheers!

  16. Thank you, Linda! I was excited πŸ™‚ Only thing better would be getting a NEW book turned in to my editor before the year is out πŸ˜‰

    I’ve never heard of a Big Chief tablet. My shopping list isn’t too big, most the kiddies have grown and there’s only a few little ones so shopping is fun instead of panic inducing πŸ™‚ We do White Elephant for adults, and that’s always fun πŸ˜€

  17. Those Rainbow Bright dolls were cute, Laura. The one time I went into the BF masses, I got a coveted talking bear of some kind–first so many through the door got one–and I found it stuffed up in my closet like ten years later–I’d forgotten about it and ended up giving it to Good Will πŸ˜‰ Nuts.

  18. Stacey, I absolutely love the cartoon. That is exactly how I feel. Let’s enjoy one holiday at a time. I don’t generally do black Friday. Just isn’t in my DNA, but I can assure you that both of my daughters and my niece spend about two hours on Thanksgiving Day doing their mapping and planning for how they will proceed beginning at midnight! By ten in the morning they are back in bed to sleep off the woes of Black Friday.

    I really enjoyed your post. Hugs, P

  19. My daughter-in-law, my daughter and best friend and her daughters and I usually do the early morning thing. This year it was just three of us out at midnight. We make it fun, wearing the same tshirts, having coffee or even making coffee runs for those waiting in line. Our attitude is always someone else needs it more than we do. I often introduse myself to the person behind and behind me while waiting in line and tell them to pass it on and the whole line is soon visiting and smiling instead. zlove your fellow man and smile, it is all good!!

  20. I am not much of a shopper and getting to where I hate crowds, so I stayed home and shopped online! (yes, call me a wimp!) Congratulations on the large-print edition of MUSTANG WILD.

  21. I don’t go Black Friday shopping any longer. But I do remember being in line at our K Mart store probably in the mid 90’s at 5 a.m just to able to get a Fanny Pack with coupons inside. (I guess that was when Fanny Packs were cool LOL)

  22. I never go shopping on Black Friday! I am just too tired from Thanksgiving and I like laying around and reading all day! I have gone the day after Christmas and that’s just NUTS! But, I let my daughter talk me into going. We did have fun but I think we spent most of our time in the food court at the mall!

  23. Mustang Wild sounds like the kind of book to kick back with when you want to relax after a long day of shopping. Yep, a cup of tea, a lap throw, maybe a fire in the fireplace, and best of all, a good book to “take me away”!!

  24. I use to love BLACK FRIDAY shopping! I would get as much shopping done as I could, I’m fast (or was), put my goodies in the car & go back into the mall, find a good spot & then watch the people go crazy trying to get their shopping done! It was hysterical, everyone trying to find the best deals, where so & so went, complaining about everything. People just needed to understand that it would all be there, if not today, then another day. If you got a deal on A someone else got a deal on B. It all turns out to be the same. But nowadays, people are just too aggressive. It takes the fun out of the whole shopping experience. Santa where are you?

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