Eagle County businesses celebrate Black Friday
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Tomorrow is Black Friday, when thousands of Americans will step into the frigid cold, way before the buttcrack of dawn to stampede and elbow one another aside in the traditional launch of the Christmas shopping season.
Or you can enjoy an extra cup of coffee, maybe a donut, and find your way to a local shop or two and do the same thing.
Among them is Minturn Music and Everyday Outfitters.
Erin Seabury is opening Everyday Outfitters, a clothing store in downtown Eagle, early for Black Friday. From 8 a.m. to noon you can get 20 percent off everything in the store, which is pretty much everything you need.
They’re busy every year the day after Thanksgiving anyway, but Seabury decided to open early for a couple very good reasons.
“I want to thank people for shopping local. And in the spirit of Black Friday, it seemed like fun,” she said. “Every year we’re busy on the day after Thanksgiving. And if you want to come around, we’re going to say thank you for coming in.”
Shawn McKeown is opening Minturn Music early. He likes a deal as a shopper, so he’s passing some along to his customers.
As the name indicates, it’s a music store. McKeown sells musical instruments – guitars, amps, keyboards, drums – things like that.
He’s also opening at 8 a.m. and is slashing 20 percent off everything in his store all day.
“That’s really good if you’re buying a guitar,” McKeown said.
He just got some new top-of-the-line effects pedals for guitars, electronic Roland V drums, and digital pianos that were priced to move even before he took 20 percent off the price tag.
Yeah, he could have opened at dawn, but 8 a.m. is early enough.
“Eight o’clock will be fine,” McKeown said. “I can give people hot cocoa and coffee when they show up.”
This is America and you are free to jolt yourself out of your turkey coma and stand before a big box store in the cold and dark.
The local Walmart and Home Depot in Avon are opening their doors at 5 a.m., the same time as stores in larger metropolitan areas.
Walmart is kicking off three days of sales on Friday, boasting all kinds of specials and a a price match guarantee. Bring in a competitors’ ad on Friday and they’ll match the price.
“We’re making this year’s Friday after Thanksgiving a special, festive event with big savings starting at midnight, and lots of food and fun for our customers while they shop and wait for the electronics deals starting at 5 a.m.,” said Stephen Quinn, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Walmart.
Retailers around the country noticed that Christmas lands on a Saturday this year. That means one less weekend for holiday shopping and fewer days for the procrastinators among us – which is most everyone – to run out and buy those last minute gift items. That’s a big deal for retailers who survived the recession, and who understand that for some of them, half their sales for the entire year are to Christmas shoppers.
Online retailers got the jump on most of them. Amazon launched its Black Friday sale on Monday, Nov. 22.
Newegg sells electronics and did Amazon one better, running a Black November with a month-long sale. Sears has run weekly “Now” sale events every Friday and Saturday since Oct. 29.
“Last year, customer response to our ‘Black Friday Now’ deals was overwhelmingly positive, and many were thrilled that they did not have to wait for holiday deals,” Sears senior vice president David Friedman said in a written statement.
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