If you remember my tale of Missoni Madness, you know I’m a girl who can get excited about a shopping frenzy. While I don’t plan to brave the Black Friday crowds this year (not exactly baby-friendly), I’m no stranger to online shopping (shhhhh). The good news for Black Friday slackers like me is more and more Black Friday deals are available online – sometimes it’s even cheaper to stay at home.

With that, here’s my guide for all you intrepid shoppers who are planning to shop in store as well as those of you, who, like me, plan to shop from the couch…if you’re really ambitious, you can do a combo of both!

What to Buy

  1. Kitchen Gear – get great deals on cookware sets like pots and pans, particularly with retailers like Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, and Target. Also, look for great deals on lesser-used kitchen gadgets like fondue pots or waffle irons.
  2. Furniture – especially home desks, futons, and five-piece kitchen sets.
  3. DVDs – especially video games or movies on Blu-Ray.
  4. Selected Electronics – Nook Touch ($79 at Best Buy), Acer Iconia Tablet with 8GB Memory ($189.99 at Best Buy), Dyson DC33 Vacuum ($298 at Home Depot).


What NOT to Buy

  1. Jewelry–this is the peak time of year for buying that “something special.” It’s best to avoid this category all together, because you are most likely getting ripped off since these items are in high demand.
  2. Toys–they get marked down more when you wait until two weeks before Christmas.
  3. Watches–see jewelry. Better to shop for these items in the spring and summer.
  4. Winter clothing–winter apparel markdowns peak in January.
  5. Christmas Decorations–save this for Cyber Monday.
  6. Top-brand TVs–these are resistant to big organized sales like Black Friday.


Seven Steps to a Successful Black Friday

  1. Set a budget.
  2. Decide what kind of items you plan to buy.
  3. Now that you have an idea of what you want, make a specific list.
  4. Use sites like bfads.net, blackfriday.info, theblackfriday.com to research sales and get discount codes and coupons.
  5. If you do plan to brave the crowds, take a buddy! You’ll need someone to help you avoid impulse buying and to provide second opinions.
  6. If you’re shopping in store, pay with cash so you don’t go over budget.
  7. While in store, use your phone to price compare while you shop.


Black Friday at InvenTORI!

If you live in the Los Angeles area, stop by InvenTORI for some hot cocoa and holiday shopping. We’re kicking off the holiday season with our first Day After Thanksgiving Sale! Here’s how it works: doors open early at 9AM. The first eight purchasing customers will receive a limited edition chic houndstooth ornament designed by yours truly.

All shoppers will enjoy discounts of 10-40% off entire purchase with InvenTORI’s Santa’s Grab Bag drawing. Shop antique furniture from my personal collection and home, and take 15% off all furniture for one day only.

Happy shopping! What are you planning to do for Black Friday? Share your shopping tips in the comments below.

Photo Credit: Zaraillustrates

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