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Old 11-23-2007, 09:30 AM
 
Location: western mountains of maine
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I believe at the maine mall today ,you would see more people in one place and time,then you will see the whole rest of the year. ..except maybe 4th of july weekend ,if your work for the turnpike in kittery .Have a safe day.
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Old 11-23-2007, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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lol...you may be right! Although 4th of July in Eastport brings in a few thousand too

When the kids were little I used to get up early and go out with a friend to shop--but I lived in Bangor at the time, so I was right there. Now doing something like that would require a VERY early morning and a 2 hour drive just to get to the best sales. The kids are older now, and most of what they'd like to have is not what goes on the huge markdowns, so for me it's not really worth it. One year though I saved almost $400 by going out on "black Friday"! The other years it was more between $200-$300....not a small chunk o' change! Oh, and the other benefit? I would be ALL done!
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Old 11-23-2007, 10:01 AM
 
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Okay, take the Portland Mall and enlarge it x 5 (at least) and then have the stores open at 4 AM. That's what we deal with here. Plus all the outlying stores that surround the mall. Hundreds of them.

There were people camped out on the sidewalks overnight to be the first thru the doors. Keep in mind that we are just 1/2 hour from Green Bay so when I tell you the predicted temp at 4 AM was 15*, I am not exaggerating. Those people are insane!

I don't go near the stores, here or back in Maine, on Black Friday. Nope. Online shopping is a wonderful thing. Free shipping, no crowds, the comfort of my warm living room.
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Old 11-23-2007, 10:23 AM
 
Location: western mountains of maine
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I don't go near the stores, here or back in Maine, on Black Friday. Nope. Online shopping is a wonderful thing. Free shipping, no crowds, the comfort of my warm living room.[/quote]My thoughts exactly...Wifes at the mall as we speak.She called to say it was insane at 5 am. I too, do my shopping from the comfort of my arm chair by the woodstove via the WWW... (broken link)
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Old 11-23-2007, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Maine
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No, going out into the mob scenes with 3 kids age 6 and under doesn't appeal to me in the least! Online shopping and free shipping is where it's at!
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Old 11-23-2007, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Maine
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This hick's staying in the sticks. There isn't enough money in the world to drag me out shopping today.
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Old 11-23-2007, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Maryland's 6th District.
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Okay, take the Portland Mall and enlarge it x 5 (at least) and then have the stores open at 4 AM. That's what we deal with here. Plus all the outlying stores that surround the mall. Hundreds of them.

There were people camped out on the sidewalks overnight to be the first thru the doors. Keep in mind that we are just 1/2 hour from Green Bay so when I tell you the predicted temp at 4 AM was 15*, I am not exaggerating. Those people are insane!

I don't go near the stores, here or back in Maine, on Black Friday. Nope. Online shopping is a wonderful thing. Free shipping, no crowds, the comfort of my warm living room.
The Maine Mall (Portland mall) actually opened at 1am. On the 11 o'clock news last night they showed people hanging out in the parking lot "partying" while they were waiting for the doors to open. There was even a band playing!

Hey, at least the packers won! I would hate to be around your neck of the woods if they haven't. Now that would really be a mob

Anyways, everyone knows that that the day of Christmas is the real day to go shopping.
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Old 11-23-2007, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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This hick's staying in the sticks. There isn't enough money in the world to drag me out shopping today.
AMEN, sister! I have one more gift to buy... darn it... my daughter hasn't called to give me a clue for my oldest grandkid. But the rest of the boxes went to UPS this morning (it was blissfully DEAD there... they said it's a "shop all morning, ship all afternoon" thing). I still have to hit the PO tomorrow for stamps and to mail the cards, and hopefully the remaining box. I am thinking of a gift card for iTunes or some such... I saw them in the supermarket... where I will have to go today. Used up all my eggs and dish detergent yesterday during my marathon baking session.
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Old 11-23-2007, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I'll do some of my shopping this weekend when I sit back down at the computer, pull up Paul Cyr's website and order calendars to go in gift baskets. I slipped to my sister and she's thrilled. My FIL is getting a pie basket - mincemeat, pumpkin and apple pie fillings and frozen crusts he can thaw and unroll. Dad, Steve and Taylor want I Don't Knows. I think they're sold near the Round Toits. Some in-laws will get pasta baskets. I'll use a nice strainer for the basket. Kristin (oldest DD, she's a 20something adult) would like a digital camera like mine (she's getting one but not like mine). I'm up in the air about 13 and 15 year old nephews and a 17 year old niece. My father's wife is getting a needle felting kit from a friend's farm gallery.

What do you get your 53 year old BIL who has all he needs or wants? He stumps me ever year.
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Old 11-23-2007, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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What do you get your 53 year old BIL who has all he needs or wants? He stumps me ever year.
Something related to his hobby? A nice bottle of a favorite spirit, if he has one? A donation to a charity he supports, in his name? A book, by an author he likes, donated to the local library?

I mentioned to the clerk and bagger at the store when I got the iTunes gift card that it was for my teen granddaughter and they (bagger was a teen, checker not much more than one if that) both thought it would be appreciated. Neither of them knew any kids that WOULDN'T like it, they said.. LOL And she comes from a "geeky" family.. so I think I am safe.

The baskets sound wonderful! I sent each of my grown daughters a copy of the HUGE hardback community cookbook that was my big design project for the late spring this year and the "littles" got German-made toys from the cool toy store here, as I couldn't find any local hand-mades and didn't want from the far east (also the moms preference...) The "tween" grandson got a kit for a soda-can robot...

I have a friend to whom I always give a Gary Patterson cat calendar and this year I am finishing a flannel shirt that I started for him much earlier in the year too. He is disabled and his body doesn't regulate the temp well and to top it off he is both big and tall... making affordable, off the rack finds that fit scarcer than hens teeth.
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