It’s the day after Thanksgiving. You’ve watched the parades, cheered for your favorite football team, had great food and had quality time with friends and family. Now what do you do? Go shopping of course! Black Friday, or the Friday after Thanksgiving, is the “official” kick-off to the Christmas shopping season. An average of 135 million people go shopping on Black Friday spending billions of dollars. Black Friday has been considered the busiest shopping day of the year for many retailers.
The term Black Friday actually was started by policemen in Philadelphia in 1966 to describe the crowd of shoppers that took over Philadelphia’s city center on the day after Thanksgiving. The name wasn’t really adopted by the media and retailers until the 1980’s. In the 1980’s, economists helped revive the term to say that retail stores don’t go “in the black” in profits until the start of the Christmas shopping season. Today, Black Friday is seen as a day to get incredible bargains on electronics, toys and clothing. There are many websites set up just to let shoppers know the big sales at the stores. In the past 10 years, Cyber Monday has become a popular and busy day to shop. This is for people who didn’t venture out to the stores during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. They can shop for specific deals online.
How does Black Friday tie in with the self-storage industry? Actually, renting a self-storage unit for all of your Black Friday purchases is a great idea. A storage unit is perfect place to “hide” holiday presents from “snooping” family members. Renting a storage unit is a good place to store your holiday decorations such as Christmas trees, ornaments, lights and wreathes throughout the rest of the year. This way, the items do not clutter up your home. So, after you have hit the mall or shopped at your favorite shop (Don’t forget to shop locally!), think about reserving a storage unit to store your purchased items in a safe and secure environment! Stop n Stor wishes everyone Happy Shopping!