Will you shop Thanksgiving night?

(Editor’s Note — I did have old information. Nedra, our Bargain Hunter, sent me the new opening times. So please check again if you are making plans. Also Nedra will be sending me the new doorbuster deals around noon and I will get then up.)

Bunches of stores are now opening on Thanksgiving night, and I am wondering if you will leave the house and family to take advantage of deals and get a head start on Christmas? (I think a lot people decorate over Thanksgiving and that’s getting a head start too.)

According to AJC’S Bargain Hunter:


A sampling of major retailers:

Belk: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving

Best Buy: 6 p.m. Thanksgiving

BrandsMart USA: 6 p.m. Thanksgiving

Disney Store: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving

H. H. Gregg: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving

JC Penney: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving

Kmart: 6 a.m. Thanksgiving

Kohl’s: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving

Macy’s: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving

Old Navy: Opens at 9 a.m. – 4 p.m Thanksgiving (some stores to open at 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Day)

Sears: 8 a.m. Thanksgiving

Sports Authority: 6 p.m. Thanksgiving

Target: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving

Toys R Us: 5 p.m Thanksgiving

Walmart: 6 p.m. Thanksgiving (doorbusters begin)

A sampling of mall hours:

Arbor Place Mall: Select stores open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving

Cumberland Mall: Macy’s is open from 8 p.m  – Midnight Thanksgiving

Sugarloaf Mills: 12 a.m. Friday

Gallery at South DeKalb: 8 a.m. Friday

Greenbriar Mall: Select stores open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving

LaGrange Mall: Select stores open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving

Lenox Square: 12 a.m. Friday

Mall of Georgia: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving

Mall at Stonecrest: 12 a.m. Friday

North DeKalb Mall: 9 a.m. Friday

North Georgia Premium Outlets: Select stores open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving

North Point Mall: Select stores open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving

Northlake Mall: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving

Perimeter Mall: Select stores open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving

Phipps Plaza: 8 a.m. Friday

Southlake Mall: Select stores open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving

Tanger Outlets(Commerce & Locust Grove): 10  p.m. Thanksgiving

Town Center at Cobb: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving

Would you rather go late than get up early for Black Friday deals? I am not a morning person so I would be more inclined to go at night than super early. I’ve gone twice at like midnight when the kids were little but online shopping is just so easy now. I have no desire to go out on Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday and fight the crowds for deals when I can sit at home and click, click, click.

If you’re planning to go out Thursday night or Friday to shop, why go to the stores versus online? Do you like touching, seeing, trying on? Do you think the deals are better in the physical stores?

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Sk8ing Momma

November 26th, 2013
8:35 pm

I will not shop on Thanksgiving.

Atlanta Mom

November 26th, 2013
8:45 pm

No, No and NO


November 26th, 2013
9:09 pm


November 26th, 2013
9:14 pm

Not just no, but h*** no! I used to be “one of those,” but then I realized that I was buying their stuff (plus extras!) AND stuff for me (plus extras!). I “save” money by NOT shopping those sales.


November 26th, 2013
9:35 pm

Not only it’s more important for me to spend time with my family, but I find it reprehensible that retailers are forcing their employees to work on this one day of the year, when they should be (a) resting up for the insanity that is the holiday season or (b) spending time with their families or (c) both.


November 26th, 2013
9:56 pm

Negative. Too stressful. I hate to shop on a regular day so I know I’m not going to get up at ungodly hours to get in a stampede.

mother of 2

November 26th, 2013
10:08 pm

I’m having too much fun with family in town for the holiday weekend to shop. I haven’t shopped on black Friday in years. I’ve never shopped on Thanksgiving. I’m thankful that I don’t need to shop during the craziest days of the season. If I spend a little more on a gift, I’m okay with it. My sanity is worth the extra money.


November 26th, 2013
10:17 pm

Not shopping either day. I may choose to go online but not in-store.


November 26th, 2013
11:40 pm

We shop a little on Friday (maybe 2-3 hours), but hit in-town stores, like the big DC Macy’s downtown. A fun day with some decent sales, but none of the typical mall madness.


November 26th, 2013
11:47 pm

Online maybe but definitely not venturing out to deal with the crowds. The deals in the stores not worth the hassle IMO. I would say that probably 80% of my shopping this year will be online. I usually fail at the small/ stocking stuffer type stuff but definitely buy the big items online.

And those morons sitting outside Best Buy for days? How much money do you think they could earn in those 3-4 days they spend camped out? I’m sure it would make up for saving even a $100 over what you can save online if they just waited till Thursday or Friday.


November 26th, 2013
11:57 pm

Never. I can’t understand why people would want to shop on Thanksgiving and/or on Black Friday. If you have to get up at 3 am to save $10 on a toaster, you probably can’t afford it. Let people have the day off…


November 27th, 2013
8:01 am


November 27th, 2013
8:02 am

No, and we are very upset this year. My niece has to be at work at 8:00 Thursday night, so we have tuobump up our meal to 2:30 in the afternoon. We normalyl eat around 5:30-6:00. This means my mom has to get the turkey in the over earlier, and everything has to be done earlier. I am thankful we will al be together, but Pottery Barn decided to take my niece away from us this year.

I will go out on Black Friday, but not until 10:30. The crowds are gone, but the deals are still out there.

My youngest LOVES Black Friday, she and several of her friends will be out at 8:00. Normally they wait until Friday at 4:00 a.m. but decided to go earlier this year.

One day, in the not to distant future, Thanksgiving will be a thing of the past, with all the stores opening Thursday MORNING!

I won’t decorate for Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. A friend of mine already has her home completely decorated for Christmas. We always wait until that Friday. Then it all comes down on New Years Day.

cool and collected

November 27th, 2013
8:12 am

Sadly, the concept of spending time with the family is waning. I do NOT understand why people get so crazy with all that shopping, and standing outside all night, etc., just because a store has sales. CRAZY.

Christmas decorations up before thanksgiving? All of that…I feel is wrong. But I let the rest of the crazy world do the crazy stuff and I stay within my spirit, cuz I can’t expect everyone to be well-reasoned all the time.

[I don't live glued to my cell phone. I turn off tech gadgets. I talk to my friends on a land line, etc. I value direct conversations, not texting every thought or sharing my daily activites on social media, etc.]


November 27th, 2013
8:21 am


there comes a time when you need to stop and realize what is really important……saving a few bucks on a material thing or spending time with your family and friends. material things break or wear out…..family and friends don’t.

less is ... MORE

November 27th, 2013
8:24 am

Materialism is not Thanksgiving.

Holden Caulfield

November 27th, 2013
8:47 am

To celebrate the birth of our Saviour, the ultimate non-materialist, we must show our love for others by how much worthless stuff we buy them. Nobody remembers what they received last year yet we must consume, consume, consume, to show that holiday spirit.


November 27th, 2013
8:47 am

Yes, I am. Apparently, if this board is any judge of the trend, I will be the only one. I will nab two of the Ipad minis for my kids for Christmas. I just saw that best buy is offering the same deal ($299 with $100 gift certificate), but I can’t use their gift certificate on regular budget items. I do my grocery shopping at Walmart, so that $100 will come directly off my monthly budget, making the Ipad mini only $199! And they have a 1 hour guarantee. That’s a great deal! I do all my electronics shopping during this week. A day ago, I bought a 32″ LED HDTV with DVD player for $98. I’ve been hoping to score a great TV deal this week since ours died over the summer. I also bought an over-the-range microwave for $99. I’ve had my eyes on a microwave since September. Scoff if you will, but this week is a great time to buy large ticket items. Know the “normal” price range of items you want, don’t buy anything less than $100 off, and don’t buy the smaller items. Go big or stay home! (Can you tell I’m excited!)

BTW: I’m just wondering where ya’ll are the rest of the year that this is the only time you spend with family? Heck, I had the whole summer to spend with my family because we had no wii games (no TV…the only one we owned died…and we don’t do cable or satellite) and techno gadgets are Saturdays only.


November 27th, 2013
8:50 am

@Holden…my kids remember exactly what I bought them last year…they only get one present.

Holden Caulfield

November 27th, 2013
9:02 am

Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to with people they only see once a year. And then they discover once a year is way too often.


November 27th, 2013
9:03 am

If only you were the typical Black Friday shopper SEE. How many iPads is Best Buy going to have at that price?


November 27th, 2013
9:06 am

I will do some online shopping that morning as the turkey cooks. I can usually find the items I am looking for at similar prices on days other than Black Friday.


November 27th, 2013
9:16 am

@Holden – and that is why this year, I am thankful that we are neither visiting family nor are they visiting us. We are having dinner at home and then heading out to camp with some friends for the weekend. Might be my favorite Thanksgiving ever!


November 27th, 2013
9:23 am

My Mom worked on Thanksgiving, because she was a trauma nurse. There are some folks who have to work on holidays (Mom being one of them), but shopping is want, not a need. I’m staying home and I will not have any part in being a reason retail workers have to disrupt/eliminate their holiday.


November 27th, 2013
9:25 am

@SEE sometimes thanksgiving is the only holiday scattered families are able to come together. Rmember this is about the extended family, not just you, the spouse and kids.

Holden Caulfield

November 27th, 2013
9:30 am

We’re having something a little different for this years Thanksgiving. Instead of turkey, we’re having a Swan… you get more stuffing.


November 27th, 2013
9:42 am

@Tech, it’s online right now. Check it out…if they haven’t sold out. The really good deals go quick (I always wake up at 5:00…this one week in the year is the only time that works to my benefit.)


November 27th, 2013
9:53 am

I have no plans to go out on Thanksgiving Day or on Black Friday. Will be staying indoors all four days, if I can help it. Will only go outside when absolutely necessary, such as picking up my biological father to bring him over for Thanksgiving dinner, since he has no transportation of his own. I might go to the gas station that’s in front of the Wal-Mart, since it’s up on a hill and overlooks the entire Wal-Mart parking lot, and take a few pictures to post up on Facebook or Reddit, but that’s about it.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

November 27th, 2013
10:06 am

I am really surprised by the overwhelming NO on this — Michael got a super cheap Blu Ray one year at midnight at one of the electron stores and it is the worst Blu Ray — takes forever to respond to the remote — very frustrating — the kids make fun of it — it was name brand — but he got another one that was off brand that we finally put in the family room because the other was soo frustrating

Michael flew home last night after 10 days in NY — and the airport was a crazy mess here in Phoenix. I have never seen crowds like that. The cell phone lots were full so I just kept circling. I should have just parked (no one was parking) but I was right on time to pick up so I worried he would be waiting too long if we parked — I guess I always pick up my parents in the middle of day and not at night when they come — it was crazy!!!

Heading to the grocery store this morning — still haven’t bought my stuff — little late Theresa!!!


November 27th, 2013
10:08 am

At this point, there really is no need to wait for Black Friday. Most stores already have their deals available online. I’ve done some online shopping this week, but have no desire to go to the stores. We are not having family over for Thanksgiving; haven’t done that in years. Instead, we are going over to a friend’s house with another family to enjoy the day. I think the only benefit to going to the stores- especially Walmart, is that the local managers are authorized to put other items not listed in the ads on sale. bfads.net is all you need for your shopping information.


November 27th, 2013
10:09 am

And to add another, heck to the N-O about shopping on either Thanksgiving evening or Black Friday. I’m all about Cyber Monday!


November 27th, 2013
10:10 am

Oh, almost forgot- if you are shopping online, be sure to go through ebates.com and earn cash back on your purchases. :)


November 27th, 2013
10:14 am

@ Ann– to your point I am thankful to those (nurses, doctors, firemen etc) that will work on Thanksgiving. Also the great Delta crew I had last year that worked so that the plane could get the passangers to family for the holiday. My parents had taken my kids to my brother’s and had I not flown, I would have spent without them (and I would have accepted that too).

@ those who said they were going out to a buffet or restaurant for Thanksgiving but would not shop because the employees should be with their family: How come the cooks, serving staff etc, shouldn’t be home with theirs? Why the double standard and how do you decide to draw it?

@ Holden cook the stuffing outside the bird and you will have neither a dry bird or food poisioning. Plus all the stuffing you want. Trader Joe’s has fantastic Turkey Stock.

In college I worked retail and restaurant. I was fortunate to get both off on Thanksgiving but was at the Disney Store until 11PM on the Wednesday before and back at 3AM to get it set up for BF and at the waitress job until 3AM taking the night shift. It was mandatory at both places that all staff work that day. I made darn good money too, just glad I did it when I was young and not now. :)

I used to do BF mornings in HS and after college. My Mom (and later my SIL too) and I would get the BIG sales ads from the Thursday paper and map a plan. Get up at 4AM and go to the mall, grab a coffee and mostly just people watch but also get the sales we wanted. Then off to like Michael’s for the decor stuff. Meet the “Men” for lunch at 11:30 then go home to decorate Mom’s tree…then home to decorate our own (which the men had sweetly put up for us while we were out, and they could then go watch football while we decorated for Christmas). Now with early BF sales and all the stores open etc it just isn’t FUN. Why go through the crowds if it is not at least FUN?

So, BF I will be with my kids decorating the house for Christmas. Thanksgiving will be with my folks (and my kids). Then on Saturday we are hitting a movie with friends. No stores if I can help it. Besides, I have already been buying Christmas since September.

Happy Thanksgiving and to those that celebrate it Happy Chanukkah! Or as The Chew said: Happy Thanksgivukkah! (No days of Chanukkah with Thanksgiving again until 2070!)


November 27th, 2013
10:27 am

when I was a child thanksgiving day was spent with family and visiting friends.in the evening we decorated the tree. early the next day we drove from middle ga to shop at the Rich’s! in downtown atlanta(no malls then)our parents would turn us 3 kids loose with money we had saved up.we would meet 3 o 4 hours later and drive home tired and happy.no unruly crowds or snippy salespersons.with that memory why would I venture out to a mall it’s online for me!


November 27th, 2013
10:33 am

Here’s one retail family’s POV that gets at the double standard FCM mentioned: http://www.froggyandthemouse.com/mommy/the-sometimes-inconvenient-job

ATL Born and Raised

November 27th, 2013
10:47 am

Black Friday deals are a scam. Look, you can get a real cheap TV or whatever and that deal will look so good compared to the high-end models, but you get what you pay for. So many retailers are pulling sub-par things that have been sitting on pallets collecting dust , slapping an 80% off sticker on it, and people are going to gobble it up because OMG THE DEAL IS SO GOOD! You’re being had, people.

K's Mom

November 27th, 2013
10:55 am

Miss Priss!

November 27th, 2013
11:18 am

I think FCM is motherjanegoose in disguise.


November 27th, 2013
11:47 am

You make it sound as if people abandon their families to go shopping. The stragglers aside, it’s families that you see lined up at stores and trudging through malls. Entire families. The experience of Black Friday has in essence, become a family holiday in itself, if you look around and see who’s actually out shopping. We like to go be out and about simply to people watch. I think a lot of people like to people watch. It’s like going to Disney World, only without the $75 entrance fee.

Holden Caulfield

November 27th, 2013
11:50 am

I might go out just to watch human interaction and escape my house and family.

Cold weather, too many people at the house. You can pick your friends but you can’t pick your family…. People start drinking early because there is nothing to do outside in the cold and then as the booze starts to kick in family acts like family – egos rise, stories of the past start to flow, someone starts to needle another and the tension starts to rise. One hour before the bird pops out of the oven you have all the women in the kitchen fussing and ordering each other around, especially Grandma who thinks she knows everything and tempers flair especially with in-laws. Add more booze but now the bird just won’t cook and its raw so back in the oven in goes – take it out, check temp – pop it back in the over for 15 more minutes, repeat, repeat, repeat. People are getting cranky because they are hungry and the little kids really get on everyone’s nerves as some of them are just brats. No food yet, people keep drinking – finally the bird arrives at the table but Grandpa is half in the bag and screws up the carving while Grandma yells at him instructing him how to carve it and he would have been fine if he listened to her and not had the last vodka tonic. Everyone gets their plate full and tries the turkey only to find out its so dry it suck the saliva out of your mouth and is just disgusting to eat. Mother breaks down in tears; she is exhausted and has been up since 4:00am trying to make this a perfect day. Grandma blasts mother about such a dry bird stating “if you only would have listened to me”….. After dinner the kids are running around and then you hear something break of value; tensions continue to rise and now a few people are openly arguing with each other in front of everyone. Someone will march out and go to bed at 6:00pm either mad or in tears.

At this point you walk outside to just be alone for a moment and it hits you like a diamond in the forehead: Your family is functioning but insane… flat out nuts and there is something wrong with these people. You talk yourself into just getting away from them for a bit and drive to the stores for an escape.


November 27th, 2013
11:58 am

No shopping here. Unless it is online.

No…miss priss…we are not the same.

@ FCM…we have eaten out on the holidays…not all the time but sometimes. Usually at a nice buffet. We leave a good tip. Not sure if that makes the server feel better, as I have not ever been one? A $30-$50 tip for one table might be more than anyone working retail would make in an hour?
Would that make a difference? Anyone? Last year our tab was almost $400.00 and the tip was about $75.00 ( automatic 18%) Not sure if my math is correct. We had 2 servers and were there for an hour.

When I worked at Wal Mart, we did work on Thanksgiving. I was making less than $3 per hour and we got holiday pay so it would be $6 per hour.

Sadly, some Wal Mart employees could probably use the extra pay:


Our son has to work on Christmas. Some folks will need their prescriptions filled. He is assigned to a different store. I am fine with it ( not that it matters), although it will be the first time any of us has worked on Christmas. Years ago, he called me and told me that he was working on Thanksgiving as he could come home and eat with us at 6:00. Others would miss eating with their family as they had to travel for several hours and could not do it after work, so he scheduled them to be off or to leave early. I was proud of his thoughtfulness.


November 27th, 2013
12:07 pm

I gave up Christmas years ago and give gifts whenever the urge strikes me. I cannot imagine the scenario where I would camp out in front of a store, get up at an ungodly hour or battle frenzied mobs fighting for the biggest “deal.” I simply don’t need anything that much, so count me in with @mom2alex, @Mayhem, @Kat, and many others.


November 27th, 2013
12:28 pm

Anyone that goes shopping on Thanksgiving is taking the holiday away from those forced to work (if they want to keep their job). You make me sick. One freaking day you can’t take off from shopping? The deals will be there on Friday! The stores would not be open Thanksgiving if it wasn’t for the greedy (I usually don’t throw that word around) idiots making their way to Wal-Mart or Macy’s for some cheap, piece of crap on “sale” for half off.

Disgusting. I am so thankful that I work for a company that is closed Thanksgiving. I will spend it at home with my partner and dogs (I can’t stand my family). All of you shopping Thanksgiving evening make me sick.


November 27th, 2013
12:35 pm

@ Miss Priss…just b/c I had time to post a long (and logical) post doesn’t mean I am MJG.

@ MJG — if folks want to go out (shopping or dinner) or whatever on a holiday have at it. I just don’t get how some on here were saying NO to shopping b/c the folks should be with their family but will think nothing of going to the nice buffet. YES, the server who gets the good tip or “extra” due to the holiday is very appreciative that you did it. It is not about “making up” but that they really do work hard and sometimes that bit of “extra” is what is buying the presents that year. I had one guy give me just enough to cover the “short” on the car payment at Christmas. Probably been 20 years and I still am thankful for it. As a college girl paying tuition, the car, and Christmas would have been rough without the extra hours…or holiday pay (retail)…or the very generous tips when I waited tables.

just wondering

November 27th, 2013
12:52 pm

I worked retail all through high school and College. I have had a few retail jobs during my adult years to help make up with the full time job wasn’t enough. As a nurse, this is the first Thanksgiving and BF that I have been off in 20 years…..on medical leave…and I was going to go shopping just to have fun….might never get another chance. We always had our “meal” on Saturday. My husband and kids always managed to get themselves invited somewhere for Thursday.


November 27th, 2013
1:10 pm

Not only do I sympathize with the retail workers (I had to work on Thanksgiving for the two years I worked in retail, first Wal-Mart and then K-Mart), but I sympathize with any restaurant worker, especially those dealing in carry-out and/or delivery service, for tonight. My very first job was working at a Pizza Hut that did only carry-out (pick-up) or delivery, and working on Thanksgiving Eve made working on any given Friday or Saturday night seem like a beach vacation. If you’re prepping The Big Meal tonight and decide to order pizza from any of the Big Three, please be courteous and tip the drivers a decent amount, and above all, please be courteous and kind to whoever you talk to and have take your order. If you know what you want ahead of time, and indicate you have coupons ahead of time, it’ll make the order-taking process go a lot quicker, and please be patient, as there are probably a hundred thousand others in your area who ordered pizza from the same pizza place, so delivery times may be over an hour. If necessary, call it in and pick it up on the way home from work.


November 27th, 2013
1:14 pm

No. One of the reasons I left my career was because it was a 24/7 business and I did not get any holidays off and I missed out on that special family time. So doing anything other than spending time with my family on a holiday whether it be Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, or 4th of July is not acceptable to me.


November 27th, 2013
2:33 pm

So just for giggles I am browsing the Best Buy ad (only to realize it’s actually the one that expires today) but I found it rather amusing that the printer I bought for our son 2 months ago is actually on sale for a higher amount than what I paid!


November 27th, 2013
2:40 pm

@magpie….it’s y’all. I believe the apostrophe should go where the letters are omitted: y(ou) all.

However….imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

@FCM…I do my best to show appreciation to anyone in the service industry. If I have good service, I will call the manager of the hotel and let him/her know what a great employee they have. Same for restaurants. I ask the waitress to send the manager over. This sometimes makes them nervous but then the manager usually calls them back over. I did this last week at the Embassy Suites. The breakfast cook was hustling and doing a wonderful job with lots of people.

@Patrick …thanks for sharing good points for all of us to know.

@beth..being in education is also a good way for anyone not to have to work on a holiday. I spent 7 years at Wal Mart and was ready to go. I have not worked a holiday in a long time!


November 27th, 2013
3:09 pm

MJG -why would your husband do that? seems a bit creepy!