Black Friday might have been diluted over the past few years due to online shopping and other factors, but its impact on retailers is still significant.
Black Friday is so named because it was counted on the put retailers books in “the black” for the year.
And to many shoppers, it remains a tradition — the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season.
Sears Hometown Store in Carrollton will be closed on Thanksgiving for the first time in years. It will be open Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“We started our sales earlier in the month to give the people enough time to shop and spend time with their families since we are getting the chance to spend time with ours,” said Operations Manager Vickie Mincey. “Right now we are having Wish Week. Every year we raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation and we have reduced the prices all week long; asking customers make a donation to make a wish.”
Target will have 50 percent off toy Bogo items. Many electronics purchased, such as the Xbox One S console and the Google Pixel, will include gift cards.
Wal-Mart is prepping its customers with a map of the store. Customers can go online to download the map and scout out what will be in stores. Many stores are pushing the ads for the Google Home Mini and Wal-Mart will be selling theirs for $49.
Belk in Carrollton will have an exclusive offer — on Thursday it will give the first 250 customers a gift card that could be worth up to $1,000. Friday morning it will offer scratch-off coupons worth as much as $250 off. Belk said it will have over 300 different limited-time offers such as $19.99 boots and luggage that is $40.
Baxley Jewelry Store on Adamson Square will be open Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Store owner Brett Baxley said that he will have pieces ranging from as low as $200 and as high as $12000.
“Custom designs are big this year,” Baxley said. “Customers love the different colored gemstones and they are looking for something unique that tells the story of their relationship.”
Shot Spot in Carrollton will have a Black Friday Tent sale opening at 9 a.m. It will have select clothing on sale for up to 75 percent off, as well as select shoes on clearance, plus accessories and more.
The Furniture House of Carrollton will announce the winners of its $1,000 give away. Those who wish to participate in the drawing would win the first place prize of $1,000 or the second place prize of a free recliner. The store will have recliners on sale starting at $349. Love seats and sectionals will be on sale and customers can expect sales for their Serta mattresses and adjustable bases which will be heavily discounted. They expect that the popular Christmas items this year will be accessories because they are small.
It will open at 9 a.m. Friday and close at 6 p.m.
Barnes Store on Bankhead Highway will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday. Store personnel expect that their best sellers will be True Grit jackets, which will be 25 percent off, and Yeti brand items.
Another’s Treasure Antiques & Collectibles on Main Street in Villa Rica will be open Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Because it is different than the typical store, staff expects customers to seek out serving sets or silver trays to serve food to company during the holiday season. For those who are feeling nostalgic, they could find old marbles and toy trains.
Cover Me Southern Boutique, which has stores in both Bowdon and Villa Rica, will give its 20 first customers, at both store locations, gift cards worth anywhere from $5 to $50. Owners Curtis and Melissa Wilson ask for customers to look out for a Facebook video Thanksgiving Day where they will announce what will be on sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
As a company, all the Sears Hometown stores are working to raise $5 million for the Make-A-Wish Foundation from just the donations given by shoppers and other visitors.
“The popular things this year are big tool boxes, 42 inches, 51 inches in width and 53 inches in width,” Mincey said. “New innovated tools, claw hammers, impact screwdrivers and extreme grip items are big. There is also a 60-inch turn tractor for someone who has been very good this year.”
Pin It Gifts and Events in Bowdon will be changing up the traditional Black Friday events and will open 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday so everyone can shop at the big box stores first.
The first 50 customers in line will get to draw an ornament that has either a free gift, discount or gift card that could be worth up to $100. Fifteen items will be “doorbusters.” Storewide items will be 30 percent off and furniture will be 20 percent off. Popular items will be cotton wreaths which will sell for $15 and jumbo tobacco baskets which will sell for $45.