Watch out Philadelphia Premium Outlets: for the 5th Black Friday in a row, Team HCG is coming to town to let your stores gobble up our money. LET'S DO THIS SHIT. Four years of bundling up and hunting down outlet deals into the wee hours of the morning have taught us valuable lessons, and this year Team HCG has created a formal game plan to increase our efficiency and our hours of sleep. As much as we love shopping, we really love sleeping. As you can tell from our Thursday night time frame captured above, we're hoping to be back home snuggling before most people have parked their cars and made it into the stores. Behold, the 2011 HCG plan of attack!
HCG's 2011 Black Friday Gameplan
8:00 p.m.: Depart Delco We'll dine twice on T-giving, but our second dinner at my parents' house will end close to our departure time, so we're taking off from Delaware County, PA. Unlike earlier years, this year's departure time won't leave much room to nap or digest. Hopefully we don't cramp up while running from our car (something we actually did the first year).
9:00 p.m.: Arrive at J. Crew J. Crew is opening a full TWO HOURS earlier than last year, and we intend to be there when the doors are unlocked. We seriously debated not telling people about this early opening time, but we love the HCG community too much to hide such great details from you. The entire store will be between 40% and 60% off. We're kind of hoping this is the first year we keep our J. Crew total under $500, but actually, we don't really care. We love new stuff.
10:00 p.m.: Arrive at Theory In huge outlet news, THEORY has opened at PPO! HCG had considerable success when we visited the Theory outlet at Woodbury Common for WCYK09, and we are hoping to make some serious scores tomorrow night. The entire store is 25% off and there are special gifts with purchase for the first 100 people.
After Theory: Banana Republic As you know, HCG has gotten some terrific finds at Banana Republic on Black Friday. The store opens at 10:00 p.m. and it used to be our first stop at the outlets. Hopefully we'll have bagged J. Crew and Theory by this time, and we can snag a few great work pieces. The entire store is 50% off and HCG received an e-mail coupon for an additional 15% off a purchase of $100 or more. I'm sure I can make that happen.
11:00 p.m.: Restoration Hardware Unless RH is lying just like it did last year, the store should open at 11:00 p.m. As long as normal colors are stocked, I am definitely picking up another plush throw. I wish I kept one of those blankets under my desk at work, and this could be my chance to significantly improve my late nights in the office (I already keep these slippers under my desk). Plus, there has to be someone to whom I haven't already given this blanket (hopefully).
7:00 - 9:30 a.m. Friday morning: Zara and H&M (and maybe Gap) Given the crazy deals offered at two of my favorite stores, Zara and H&M, I'll make a point to stop at both in the morning before my 9:45 a.m. Lithe Method class. If I'm feeling crazy I might make a stop at Gap after class and see what I can steal there.
Happy T-giving to the entire HCG community! I am thankful for you.