Jackpot! (Or we score a leather jacket)

Today, my husband dragged me to an outlet mall. Yes, HE dragged ME to the outlet mall. An outlet mall that was an hour from our house. I believe he has lost his mind, or at least he did temporarily in the pursuit of a leather jacket.

As I said yesterday, he didn’t want just any old leather jacket. He wanted a blazer style jacket. He was pretty sure that the Wilson’s Leather Outlet would be the place. I didn’t realize how much Wilson’s had pulled back. There used to be a Wilson’s in almost every mall. Now the only one in the state is the one at an outlet mall an hour away.

When we got to the mall, we both commented on how quiet it was for Black Friday weekend. The mall I went to yesterday was also very calm. I’ll be interested to see the retail figures for this weekend. From my observations, people weren’t buying a lot. I also spoke with a number of sales associates on Friday to inquire about the sales. They all stated it wasn’t as busy as they thought it would be. When I was at Kohl’s on Friday, there was an announcement over the intercom that the early morning specials were being extended until 2:30pm. In the years I worked in retail, I had never seen that happen.

As we walk around the outlet mall, Jeff is excited about shopping. This is very odd since my husband HATES shopping. In the last 24 hours, we had been to at least seven stores looking for the perfect leather jacket, going in and out of stores and malls. Now, an outlet mall. We walked into Wilson’s and after 30 seconds found the perfect coat. It was exactly what he wanted and only $135. It fit well, looked good and the price didn’t make me choke. He waited in line as I walked around the store looking for other deals. I found a wonderfully soft scarf on sale for $16.

We concluded the purchase and walked the jacket out to the car. I wanted to do a bit more walking around and Jeff nodded. Apparently, the rabid shopper from ten minutes earlier was gone. He was done. We quickly went into a few more stores. I noticed that a lot of the prices weren’t that great. One of the stores was more expensive than Target for the same merchandise. Other outlets had sales that were not as good as the sales going on all weekend at the regular mall.
I did get a few good deals. We did well at the Hanes and Old Navy Outlets. I took the opportunity to stock up on things we needed.

Clearly, at this point, Jeff was done. Well, except for stopping at the pet store for more fish. I think we have finally replaced all the fish we lost in the storm. The tank is now buzzing with activity and the cats and the husband are happy.

Live is good.

My Black Friday

Jeff had to work today so I decided to go to the mall. Yes, I went to the mall on Black Friday. No, I didn’t go at 4am. No, I didn’t get sprayed with pepper spray. Yes, I did get some good deals.

I got to the mall at about 8:30am. I had no trouble finding a parking spot. That was shocker number one. When I got into the mall, it wasn’t really all that busy. I had a few things on my list, some things I needed to get and some things I would get if the deal was really, really good. I needed some new jeans and I knew Old Navy was having a sale. I needed a new electric blanket (but I didn’t want to spend more than $60). I wanted a roasting pan but wasn’t willing to pay much for that. Jeff wanted a leather coat. He needed a coat but really wanted a leather one.

First thing I did was go to Best Buy to see if they had any tablets left for $249. Nope. Hey a girl has to try. A few years ago, there was a great deal on a Gateway laptop on Black Friday. Jeff and I arrived at 1:30 in the afternoon thinking there was no way in hell we were getting one of those door buster laptops. Well, come to find out they did have them because someone messed up and forgot to put them on the floor so all the associates thought they were sold out. Always have to try, right?

Next stop: Old Navy. I had a great time in there. Jeans were on sale for $15 a pair. I got three pairs for myself since I just threw out a few pairs because they were tearing at the rear pocket. I also got a pair for Jeff. There were some great deals on sweaters also so I bought a few of those also and a couple thin long sleeve shirts I can wear under them. Four pairs of jeans, 2 long sleeve shirts, three sweaters and a pair of snowman pajama pants for $130. Yes, I know I didn’t technically need the snowman pajama pants, but anyone who knows me knows I LOVE snowmen and pajama pants so snowman pajama pants on sale for $7 was just too much for my brain to handle. I also got 1,000 kickbucks for my purchase.

With a huge bag of clothes, I headed to Macy’s. Leather jacket..umm, nope. Electric blanket for $60… not even close. I did, however, find a very nice roasting pan for $9.99. Win! The problem I had with the Macy’s sale was that the coupons weren’t very useful because you couldn’t use them on regular priced items and you couldn’t use them for many of the sale items because they were morning specials. Very annoyed, I left with my roasting pan and nothing else.

I put my purchases in the car, which was all the way at the other end of the mall (I should have planned that better). Now, I was on the full hunt for a leather jacket for Jeff. He wanted a specific style of jacket, one that looks like a blazer. I went to every store in the mall and only found a hand full of leather jackets. I even left the mall and went to Men’s Warehouse. They had one, but it was $450. Luckily, it had funny stitching on the collar and he didn’t like it. Phew!

My last stop was Kohl’s. I had my 15% off coupon and started hunting for deals. I found a heated mattress pad, originally $129.99 for $59.99 with an additional 15% off with my coupon. Final price: $50.99. I also bought a new rug for the entry from the garage. It was originally $54.99. I thought it was on sale for $32, then my coupon, but it was actually on sale for $24.99 then my coupon. It’s a really nice oversized rug and Thor loves it. He can’t stop playing in it.

Jeff and I went to Burlington Coat Factory, Jos A. Bank and even Brooks Brothers looking for a jacket. No luck. Tomorrow, we are going to try a Wilson Outlet store to see if we can find one. I can’t believe it is this difficult to find a leather jacket. I also can’t believe that Jeff wants a leather jacket so badly that he is willing to drive an hour to go to an outlet mall. I think I need to bring him to the doctor.

Did you go Black Friday shopping? What was your deal of the day?