Oh, Black Friday. The day that many savvy shoppers believe to be the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Did the pilgrims and Indians wake up at 3am to stand in line and their local Plymouth boutique? Maybe not. But we still give thanks to the retailers every year with this traditional act of shopping mayhem.
Each year seems to get more extreme, and 2013 is no different. While Black Friday will open up many stores at the midnight hour, we’ll also be seeing more local stores participating in Small Business Saturday to drive shoppers to local merchants, and Cyber Monday which thankfully encourages us to shop within the comfort of our own homes.
Even if you’re not a fan of the long lines and crowded aisles, Black Friday at least serves as a motivation to move around after eating your weight in turkey and potatoes. And who knows, a San Diego mall or San Diego boutique might have a deal you can’t refuse.
The Goods Show: This market-like scene is not your average shopping sale. At the 3rd annual Goods Show, local artists will join together, selling custom-made jewelry, art, prints, clothing, accessories, books and more. Live music and painting will liven up the scene, along with wine and beer hosted by Mike Hess Brewery and Automatic Brewing Co. After the shopping spree is the after party, taking place at both Seven Grand and Bar Pink. First 30 people in the door will enjoy a sponsored bar, photo booth and gift bag. 12 to 8 p.m. 3925 Ohio St., North Park. Get details
Shop Small Saturday: Designer Sample Sale: VIXEN Pop Up Boutique is hosting a designer sample sale for all those style-mavens looking to go in on some super-chic purchases. All designer items such as Jessica Faulkner, SKOVA jewelry and more will be priced between $20 and $45. Added bonus: Guests will receive free VIP gift bags, free sweets and free champagne. 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Flower Hill Promenade, 2720 Villa de la Valle, Del Mar. Get details
Haven Boutique: Haven holds it down as a stylish and edgy boutique in downtown San Diego. With endless statement pieces, bohemian dresses, loose-fitted tanks, sweaters and more hardcore haute looks, Haven is every trendenista’s dream closet. Big News: Haven is moving and on Black Friday, they’ll be hosting a major blowout sale. The entire store will be 50% off. But it doesn’t stop there. On Saturday, Nov. 30th, all items will be 60% off and by Sunday, Dec. 1, all clothing and accessories left will be 65% off. 751 5th Ave., downtown. Get details
To Hell in a Handbag: This sassy North Park boutique celebrates local artists and features one-of-a-kind products for men, women, kids and pets. The shop is best known for their jewelry, which comes in handy when you’re shopping a holiday gift or accessory to your outfit. On Black Friday, they’ll be giving shoppers 35% off any one item of their choice. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 3302 32nd St., North Park. Get details
Westfield UTC: Now with luxury seating throughout the property, designer stores and new food court options, Westfield UTC is the perfect mix of San Diego lifestyle in shopping mall form. For Black Friday, some stores will open at midnight, while others will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening including Victoria’s Secret, Macy’s, GUESS, American Eagle Outfitters and Abercrombie & Fitch. Midnight openers with deals include GUESS (40% off the entire store), Nine West (50% off boots) and Wilson’s Leather (60% off the entire store, plus 30% off your entire purchase). 4545 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. Get details
Las Americas Premium Outlets: The Las Americas Premium Outlets are one of the most fashionable spots to get the post-Thanksgiving shopping done, with some of the biggest sales of the year. Midnight Madness kicks-off at 12am on Friday, Nov. 29th, and shoppers can continue to save big on Saturday and Sunday. Sales will cover the various outlets including Adidas, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Michael Kors, New York & Company, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic and more. 4211 Camino de la Plaza, San Ysidro. Get details
Westfield Horton Plaza: Westfield Horton Plaza welcomes in shoppers early starting on Thursday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. with select stores such as GAP, Macy’s, Levi’a and Nine West opening doors until 10 p.m. The Black Friday fun will continue when Express, Hot Topic, Victoria’s Secret and Pacsun open at midnight. The remaining stores are scheduled to open at 6 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 29. 324 Horton Plaza, downtown. Get details
Fashion Valley Mall: Fashion Valley is ready to let the fashionistas run wild at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28 and will remain open through 10 p.m. on Black Friday. Hours for specific retailers vary by store, but be sure to check out the main attractions of Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and JCPenny, and smaller stores like Ted Baker London, Hermes, Lacoste, MaxMara, Tory Burch and Anthropologie. 7007 Friars Road, Mission Valley. Get details
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