When the term Black Friday originated in Philadelphia back in the 60s who would have thought that 40 years later over 150 million people would be packing stores nationwide in search of the hottest deals for their holiday shopping.
Once used to describe the large amounts of pedestrian and vehicle traffic the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday is now known as the 'busiest shopping day of the year' and has even spawned other names for sales on following days like, 'Small Business Saturday', 'Cyber Monday' and 'Green Tuesday.'
During the past decade retailers have been opening their doors at the crack of dawn to hungry shoppers but it's the last few years where Black Friday has taken on a life of it's own. Now opening up at 4 am is a mere memory, stores this year will be opening up at midnight and some as early as 9 pm on Thanksgiving.
According to CNN, $45 Billion dollars were spent last year throughout the Black Friday weekend. There is even a website dedicated to Black Friday providing strategies and tips to mapping out your plan.
Let's check out where to find the best deals in Manassas this Black Friday:
- Burlington Coat Factory - 5am-11pm - winter jackets marked down to as low as $19.99, but when we asked management for other deals they kept it a secret and said ads will be passed out the morning of to perspective buyers for 'super special' deals.
- Home Depot - 5 am-11 pm - Doors open at 5am, but deals start online Thanksgiving Day with free shipping on orders over $45. Get a LG 3.7 cu. ft front load Washer for only $599, $400 off. A fresh cut Frazier Fir Wreath will cost you only $5, nearly 75% off what they normally cost.
- hhgregg - opens midnight Thanksgiving night - 20-40% off all appliances and TVs. Toshiba 32" Flatscreen $199. Samsung 51" Flatscreen $499. Sony Camera's $49. Best deal: Maytag Front loading washer and dryer only $699 for the pair.
- Kmart - 5 am-11 am - open longer but they are doing something different, Kmart has a 'Blue Friday' deal, a 6-hour special lasting from 5am-11am. RCA 32" HDTV $249.99. Sony DVD player $29.99. Craftsman cordless drill 50% off, $39.99. Pool table/Ping Pong table originally priced at $299.99, marked down to $189.99. Six foot Blue Mountain Artificial Christmas Tree $30 off, only $19.99.
- Best Buy -Midnight Opening - The last 3 years the Manassas Best Buy has eclipsed $1 million dollars in sales on Black Friday; this year, projections are the same. One of the best deals on TVs around: 42" Sharp LCD 1080p HDTV only $199.99. Intel Pentium Processor 15.6" Laptop Computer, $299.99. Toshiba Smart Blu-Ray DVD Player $39.99. Thunderbolt 4G LTE HTC Cell Phone FREE!!! w/2 year activation. Originally $699.99.
- Toy's R Us - Opening at 9 pm Thanksgiving Night - Despite online petitions for opening so early this Toy Giant has over 150 Doorbuster sales available earlier than any other retailer: Free $50 Gift Card w/ purchase of any Ipod Touch. Fifty percent Android 2.2 Android Tablet - $74.99. Thirty-five percent off Lego Sets. Over 50 different sets of toys marked down to 50% off!
- Walmart - opens 6am Thanksgiving, stays open until closing Friday night at midnight - Compaq Presario AMD Dual-Core 15.6" Laptop w/ 2GB, 250GB - $199.99. Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect & Free $50 Gift Card - $199.96. Blu-Ray Movies - $5-$10 each. Sony Blu-Ray Player + Netflix - $79.00. View all Walmart specials.