For some shoppers, snagging the best Black Friday sales is like a competitive sport. For others, the idea of browsing those Black Friday deals fills them with dread. Then there are those in the middle – those shoppers who want to get in on the first big sales of the season, but they don’t know how to brave the Black Friday crowds.
We’ll let you in on a secret: there is no secret to Black Friday shopping. The key to shopping success on the biggest day of the year is to start – and end – with a plan. Even in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, a popular area that’s home to dozens of excellent shopping opportunities, a little preparation – and the following helpful tips – can help you Black Friday shop like a pro.
Make a List.
Then check it twice. Starting with a shopping list will help you stay focused in the Black Friday frenzy (and also avoid some sketchy impulse buys.) What are the top items you’re hoping to buy? Once you’ve made a list, you can start researching the best sites and sales to make a game plan for your day.
Get a Game Plan.
There are so many options for Black Friday shopping in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, from full retail malls to boutique shops and specialty stores. Decide in advance where you need to go and plan your day accordingly. Some of the most popular spots for Black Friday shopping include:
- The Village Mercantile, an upscale shop at The Beach Club Resort that offers fashionable beach attire, casual resort wear, jewelry, gifts, and more. You’ll even find some home accessories at The Mercantile! While you’re there, refuel at The Village Hideaway.
- The Tanger Outlets, a one-stop-shop for big-name brands and retail stores.
- The Wharf in Orange Beach, a premiere entertainment district that has more than 30 boutique stores filled with clothing, gifts, home decor, and spa supplies.
- Pelican Place, a charming shopping center with big box stores, chic boutiques and artisanal gift shops.
Scan the Sales Online.
The days of pouring over pounds of holiday sales catalogs are over. In today’s digital world, social media is one of the best places to stay up-to-date on your favorite brands for Black Friday. Many pages even offer exclusive deals and promotions to customers who follow their feeds! In this area, you can follow accounts like The Wharf on Facebook for the latest info on Black Friday sales at their (many) retail stores.
They’re called doorbuster deals for a reason! If you wait too long to start shopping, you risk browsing shelves that are highly picked over, and you may even miss out on your must-haves entirely. Be aware of what time your priority stores open – especially if you’re after big-name items like tech or trending toys – and get there as soon as possible. Some stores even start offering great deals in the days before Black Friday, allowing you to skip the crowds entirely!
Go as a Group.
Shopping is always more fun with a friend. And in a group, you can split up and shop the best deals in half the time! Grab your best pals and make a fun, friendly day of it. After you shop, you can return to your condo to relax and recharge in beachfront bliss.