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I Almost Ran Over A Woman in a Wheelchair in K-Mart on Black Friday Last Year!

It soublack fridaynds like such an ominous thing. BLACK FRIDAY;  it almost sounds like the latest scary movie or something. "Tommy Lee Jones in Black Friday, The Day Black Cats Attack!"  Actually it got its name because its the day that a lot of retail businesses make enough sales to "get in the black" for the whole year.

Are you going to brave the crowds in Springfield this year? Is it worth it to get up at the wee hours of the morning, slurp down some coffee, fight for a parking spot, and go elbow to elbow with hundreds of other shoppers to find a bargain? Absolutely!

You have to attack this with a plan. Get a newspaper, scope the ads, make a list, plan your route; its like a strategic mission! When you get to the store, parking can be a challenge. Grab the first place you see! Once inside, don't get a shopping cart, it will just slow you down! If you take family members with you, you can separate and divide and conquer.

I have to admit something though. Last year I was in a store packed with shoppers and I tried to cut between clothing racks and there was a woman there in a wheelchair and I didn't see her until it was too late! I just about ran over her and landed in her lap. It was so embarrassing! crowd of shoppers

Some of the best places to find bargains here in Springfield Missouri on Black Friday are Bass Pro Shop, Best Buy, Target, K-Mart, Wal-Mart, and of course the stores in the Battlefield Mall.

If you do brave the crowd this year, I promise not to step on your toes or snatch anything out of your hand. Parking places on the other hand are up for grabs!

About The Authors:  Betty Knowles is a full-time REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Vanguard REALTORS® in Springfield, MO and proudly serves on the board of the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®.  She also served as President of Women’s Council Of REALTORS® in Southwest Missouri.  Betty’s genuine passion is helping people buy and sell homes in Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, and surrounding communities.  

John Knowles is likewise a full-time REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Vanguard and a member of the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®. A self-proclaimed computer geek, John is talented at developing real estate websites, videos, photography, blogs, search engine optimization and other technical skills essential to marketing and selling real estate in Springfield MO.

Together this dynamic team makes up TeamKnowles REALTORS®, Spouses Selling Houses!  They are dedicated to doing what it takes to sell your home in the greater Springfield real estate market, or help you purchase a home that fits your particular needs. Give TeamKnowles a call today; you’ll be glad you did!

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Comment balloon 14 commentsBetty Knowles • November 25 2009 06:44PM

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It takes a braver man than I to brave the early shopping crowds of Black Friday.  I hope I don't have to watch any sad stories about this on the news that evening.

Posted by Ron Brown NMLS #270845 (NMLS ID: 40831) almost 9 years ago

Ron, I know! Its dog eat dog!

Posted by Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Vanguard - www.teamknowles.com) almost 9 years ago

Yes, you are braver than me, too!! You couldn't pay me to battle the crowds here in Houston!! :)  I laughed when I saw the name "Battlefield Mall" in your post.  Is it really called that...or was that a Black Friday joke?? :)  Hope the Knowles family has a wonderful THANKSGIVING!

Posted by Sonja Patterson, Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou (Keller Williams - BV) almost 9 years ago

It really is called that! I never thought of that when I wrote the post!

Posted by Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Vanguard - www.teamknowles.com) almost 9 years ago

Betty - it's all yours.  You won't have to worry about stepping on my toes because you couldn't pay me enough money to go through that!  LOL  Have a great time and a Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Lina Robertson, REALTOR® Serving Springfield, Nixa and Ozark, MO (RE/MAX Solutions and RE/MAX House of Brokers) almost 9 years ago

I look at the videos of this every year and laugh.  All those people buying stuff they dont need with money they dont have. 

Posted by Testing Test (loan) almost 9 years ago

Hey Lina- I love it!  It's not really about the bargains.  For me it's about the beginning of the Christmas season.  I enjoy family.  Something about this time of year just brings everyone together.  Of course my Lord and Savior is the true meaning of Christmas!  Praises to the King!  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Posted by Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Vanguard - www.teamknowles.com) almost 9 years ago

Mark - I know what you mean.  We really don't get carried away with the purchases.  We might find a couple of things.  It about the beginning of the seaSon!

It always amazes me to see people buying three and four of the same item!  I don't understand that kind of madness!  Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Vanguard - www.teamknowles.com) almost 9 years ago

Hi Betty, happy Thanksgiving and happy shopping afterwards!  Although I also do enjoy a good bargain, the getting up that early in the morning is not my cup of tea.  Enjoy!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) almost 9 years ago

I will not participate in such an event.  The Christmas season does not represent this type of behavior.  This isn't what the season represents.

Posted by Ellen Crawford, Alpharetta Real Estate Agents & Alpharetta REALTOR (Crye-Leike REALTORS®) almost 9 years ago

Hi Silvia - I really enjoy it!  It only happens once a year and I don't mind getting up to watch people and maybe pick up a couple of things.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Vanguard - www.teamknowles.com) almost 9 years ago

Hi Ellen - You are correct!  It isn't what Christmas is about.  I enjoy Christmas with my family and we do exchange gifts.  My family knows the reason for the season!  Praises to my King!  Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Vanguard - www.teamknowles.com) almost 9 years ago

There is no way in the world I would venture out on a black Friday, although I know a few people that wouldn't miss it, it become a tradition for them.

Posted by Gary Swanson (Century 21 Harris & Taylor) almost 9 years ago

I hate Black Friday and make it a point of not going anywhere near any shopping establishments until next week once all the hub-bub has work off.

Posted by Tom Boos, Providing the very best of service to Sellers and (Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living) almost 9 years ago

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