Kristin Vukovic

Black Friday

November 28th, 2009

“Black Friday,” or the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, is historically one of the busiest retail days of the year, and is widely considered the official beginning of the holiday shopping season. Stores often open early (as early as 4 A.M.) so that consumers can pounce on massively discounted merchandise. Black Friday refers to retailers’ profitability during the holidays: In historical accounting ledgers, red ink indicated financial loss while black ink indicated profit, coining the popular fiscal term of being “in the red” (losing money) or “in the black” (profitable).

Hoping to beat the crowds, my husband and I, accompanied by my parents (who are in town from Minnesota), left for Bloomingdale’s and dinner around 6 P.M. The store was open until 10 P.M. for Black Friday, and it was still plenty crowded when we arrived. My parents bought me a pair of boots for Christmas; the shoe department was notably packed, though “not as busy as last year,” according to an employee in the department. PSST: Get $15 of bMoney for almost every $100 you spend this weekend at Bloomingdale’s!

Moving backward in time: Thursday’s Thanksgiving was celebrated at The Little Owl, a charming West Village haunt we love. My parents, husband, and best friend gathered, and we consumed an (extremely stuffing!) three-course meal.

Altogether, a great Thanksgiving weekend. And it’s not over yet: Today, we head out to Jackson Heights, Queens, to pick up my custom-made silver sari blouse for our wedding in New Delhi this December, and I’m sure we’ll indulge in some savory Indian cuisine!

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