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Old 10-22-2013, 07:01 AM
 
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No offense, but you need a new family tradition

You are aware that a guy was trampled to death in New York during Black Friday, right?
Did you skip the part where the OP said they don't get up at the crack of dawn or care about doorbusters? Or were you just ignoring it?

There's nothing wrong with wanting to go shopping together.
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:31 AM
 
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I seem to recall we went to Southpoint mid day last year and it was packed but not terrible. Just don't try and get parking near the entrance, go park out by Macy's, or Sears. We try and go for a bit in the afternoon, mostly just to see the crazy crowds.
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:39 AM
 
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Sounds good, thanks everyone (except sickofnewyorkcity). As long as we can find a place to park, it's not a problem where it is, we just don't want to park on grass and/or drive around for 30 minutes.

@Mike, you say go around 11 AM - is that the down time in particular or are you saying we should be there by then and no later?
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:42 AM
 
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As long as we can find a place to park, it's not a problem where it is, we just don't want to park on grass and/or drive around for 30 minutes.
To be honest, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I find no shame in paying for valet parking. It makes the Christmas shopping experience FAR more tolerable.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:16 AM
 
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No offense, but you need a new family tradition

You are aware that a guy was trampled to death in New York during Black Friday, right?
Lower state NY people can suck at times. Not a direct comparison.

^--- is from NY.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:43 AM
 
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Yes. This.

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To be honest, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I find no shame in paying for valet parking. It makes the Christmas shopping experience FAR more tolerable.
But that's if I absolutely must go out to a mall during the holiday season, and I try very hard not to. I don't really understand anyone's desire to get out there with the crazed hordes on Black Friday no matter where you live. Unless you're the first in line for a big TV or computer at Walmart, the crazy and the crowds aren't worth whatever deal I could score.

That said, I can't imagine it would be pleasant to be at ANY mall on Black Friday. Sure, Cary Towne Center will be the least crowded, but it's also a crappy mall for the most part. I really like Southpoint, but there won't be anyplace to park at midday, and you'll be shoulder to shoulder with pushing, shoving, deal-hungry peeps. Nothx. I'd rather stay home and hit the interwebs with my credit card.

Tangentially, why do folks think it is that Cary Towne Center has never been renovated, a la Waverly Place? Because I have the same thoughts about this sad little mall that I used to have when I went to the ghost town that was Waverly up until recently: This is Cary, with all this $$ floating around, how can this place be so decrepit and just limp along? All it has going for it is the Gap/Gapkids and maybe a few other stores. All the temporary storefronts and empty spaces freak me out.

I'm not a Cary resident but I work and live close by. I'm hoping the Dave & Buster's might revive Cary Towne Center and attract some better stores.
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Old 10-22-2013, 12:16 PM
 
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If you're not interested in Black Friday door busters but just want to spend some time shopping with family consider Salem street in Apex. Some boutiques, antique shops and plenty of restaurants. Generally the weather is nice enough that time of year to go outside from shop to shop and it should be a more relaxing shopping experience.
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Old 10-22-2013, 12:27 PM
 
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That said, I can't imagine it would be pleasant to be at ANY mall on Black Friday. Sure, Cary Towne Center will be the least crowded, but it's also a crappy mall for the most part. I really like Southpoint, but there won't be anyplace to park at midday, and you'll be shoulder to shoulder with pushing, shoving, deal-hungry peeps. Nothx. I'd rather stay home and hit the interwebs with my credit card.
I've found that as long as I prepare myself with some extra patience and a happy attitude (and use the aforementioned valet), shopping on Black Friday (during the day) isn't horrible. By around 11:00, the crazies have worn themselves out early and gone home for the day, and a lot of people are in a decent mood from having the day off from work.
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Old 10-22-2013, 02:23 PM
 
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Haven't done it myself, but I've heard that Cameron Village is much less crowded both on Black Friday and in the days leading up to Christmas. There's such a great range of shops there that you can pretty much find everything you need. But for my money, Accipiter beats 'em all.
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