Thanksgiving is a day for us to give thanks, enjoy time with our family and friends, enjoy great meals and cheer for our favorite professional and college football teams. It has also become a day to plan your shopping strategy for “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”. Black Friday is the “official” kick-off to the Christmas shopping season, even though some retailers are moving their opening hours to Thanksgiving evening. On average over 135 Million people go shopping on Black Friday spending billions of dollars. For many retailers, Black Friday is their busiest shopping day of the year! This year, the holiday shopping season is shorter at only four weeks!
The term “Black Friday” was first uttered by a Philadelphia policeman in 1966 to describe the large amount of shoppers that crowded the Philadelphia city center on the day after Thanksgiving. The name wasn’t widely adopted into the mainstream and the media until the 1980’s. Today, Black Friday is seen as a day to get incredible bargains on electronics, toys and even clothing. Most retailers have already released their list of sale items, so shoppers can prepare their shopping strategies. There are some shoppers that started to camp out in front of Best Buy and other large retailers last week, so they could be the first in line! For shoppers who would much rather skip the crowds and shop online, there is Cyber Monday, which is one of the busiest online shopping days of the year. Retailers have also set specific deals for online shoppers on that day, including free shipping.
Self Storage is a great option for shoppers to store their Black Friday and Cyber Monday purchases. Check with your local storage facility! Stop N Stor offers month-to-month rentals, that is perfect for storing items for the holiday season. Renting a self storage unit is great to store holiday decorations such as Christmas trees, wreaths, lighting, inflatable displays and ornaments. Storing these decorations in self storage will help make your home, basement or garage clutter free after the holidays.
Stop N Stor wishes everyone a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. Our offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but you can still access your storage units 24 hours a day/7days away via our computer-controlled gate access. Our offices will reopen on Friday, November 29th just in time for you to store your Black Friday purchases! Happy Thanksgiving!
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!