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Black Friday sales to begin in the dark

By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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On Thanksgiving Day, when many people will be settling into their beds after a full day of visiting with family and eating turkey, some folks will be getting ready to go shopping.

While many retailers get set for what has statistically become the biggest shopping day of the year, some retail centers are hoping to get a head start by opening at midnight.

The Westfield Galleria at Roseville will be holding a special Black Friday celebration, beginning at midnight on Nov. 25.

More than 100 stores are expected to open up shop, including Macy’s and the Disney Store. Early-bird shoppers can expect exclusive giveaways, food, music, entertainment and more.

“We’re throwing a big party,” said Galleria general manager Gavin Farnam. “We’ll see how it works and see what people think. If it’s a huge success, we’ll continue to do it.”

This is the first time Macy’s and the Galleria have opted to open at midnight on Black Friday, and Farnam said he expects to see upwards of 200,000 shoppers throughout the day.

“My hope is that it kind of spreads the traffic out throughout the day,” he said. “I’m expecting that it’s going to be a big deal.”

Ria Lobato, of Rocklin, said she thinks stores opening at midnight on Black Friday is a little over the top.

“I think it’s awful,” Lobato said. “That’s Thanksgiving Day, people should be with their families.”

Christina Berry, of Rocklin, echoed those sentiments and said she won’t be shopping on Black Friday, since most of her shopping is already done.

“Christmas is coming too early this year,” Berry said. “I mean, Santa Claus is already here, he isn’t even in New York yet.”

Many other Black Friday specials will continue throughout the day in Roseville, including at The Fountains, where Anthropologie and Crazy 8 are opening at 6 a.m.

Chico’s, White House Black Market, Coldwater Creek, Lucy, New Balance and many other stores have all planned post-Thanksgiving sales, according to a Fountains spokesperson.

Dimple Records on Douglas Boulevard will be holding a special sale offering exclusive limited edition music releases on vinyl.

All Kohl’s stores nationwide, including the Roseville location at 10375 Fairway Drive, will also open their doors at midnight and remain open for 24 hours.

This is the earliest opening in company history, with more than 500 savings offers that are available on the company’s website.

Big Lots, which just celebrated its grand opening at 10251 Fairway Drive in Roseville, will open early at 6 a.m. Special Black Friday promotions can be found on that company’s website.

Toby Lewis can be reached at tobyl@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.

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Which Galleria stores will be opening at midnight on Nov. 25?

Here’s the list:

Abercrombie & Fitch, aerie by American Eagle, Aeropostale, Aldo, American Eagle, As Seen On TV, Auntie Anne’s, Banana Republic, Bare Escentuals, Bath & Body Works, BCBG Max Azria, Beachworks, Best Buy Mobile, The Body Shop, Bohemian Chic, Brooks Brothers, Brookstone, Buckhorn Grill, Buckle, Caché, Cathy Jean, Charlotte Russe, Cheesecake Factory, Children’s Place, Cinnabon, Claire’s Accessories, Clarks, dELIA*s, Disney Store, Down East Basics, Ecco, Eddie Bauer, Express, Finish Line, Fossil, Francesca’s Collections, Frederick’s of Hollywood, Game Stop (EB Games), Gap, Gap Body, Gap Kids, Go Games and Toys, Godiva Chocolatier, Gordon Biersch, GUESS?, Hallmark Gold Crown, Hot Dog On A Stick, Hot Topic, Icing by Claire’s, Jamba Juice, Janie & Jack, Journey’s, Journey’s Kidz, Juicy Couture, Justice, Kai Hawaiian BBQ, Lids, Love Culture, Lucky Brand Jeans, Lush Cosmetics, Macy’s, Mainland Skate, McDonald’s, Melt Gelato, Michael Kors, Milo’s Grill, Mrs. Field’s Cookies, Naartjie Kids, New York & Company, Noble Travel Shop, Oakley, Payless Shoe Source, Perfumania, Planet Beauty, Popcornoplis, Raider Image, Regis Hairstylist, Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, Ryderz, Samuels Jewelers, Sanrio Surprises, Sephora, Shi by Journeys, Skechers, Sleep Alternatives, Solstice, Spencers, Sports Fever, Steve Madden, Stride Rite, Subway, Sunglass Hut-Lower Level, Sunglass Hut-Upper Level, Teavana, Things Remembered, Tilly’s, True Religion Jeans, Victoria’s Secret, Walking Company, Weatherite, Wet Seal, Yankee Candle Co., Zumiez,

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Tips for smart shopping this holiday season:

Provided by Kimberly Foss, president and founder of Empyrion Wealth Management in Granite Bay

Start early and make a list with spending caps

Starting early with a list of recipients and spending cap for each person keeps you accountable to your budget goals. This helps with almost every other tip below with more time to be creative, and more savings that can lead to more generosity. Plus it virtually eliminates impulse buys and lands you in the positive for 2012.
‘Tis the season to be green
By green I mean buying all gift ideas with cash, yes the green stuff. If you can’t use cash, shop with a prepaid debit card with only the amount you wish to spend for that one person. It will make you think of your recipients when you have to part with the green dollars and make your gift giving experience a more meaningful experience for you.

Hold out for free shipping
Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, expects that 93 percent of retailers will offer free shipping promotions, up from 85 percent last year. But beware many retailers are offsetting the cost of free shipping, requiring a high minimum purchase, or only accept one coupon code per order. Read the fine print before you hit the “purchase” button.

Hail to infinity discounts and beyond
Shoppers should also consider value-adds like gift card or cash rewards. For example, Best Buy recently offered a $50 gift card if you purchased an Xbox 360 game console and two games for an estimated $60 savings. But be sure the add-ons are something that you will use, otherwise it is not really an added value.
Black Friday equals midnight blues Thursday night
Retailers like Best Buy, Kohl’s, Macy’s and Target are planning to open their doors at midnight, so if you can’t do midnight or 4 a.m., consider staying home and purchasing your gift items online at midnight. It may just keep you sane while staying on your Christmas budget.
Just like Grandma did, use a store layaway plan
With tough times and tight budgets, layaway plans can be a saving miracle. Many retailers are offering layaway plans and if you are an online shopper, like me, check out www.elayaway.com. It allows you to set up a layaway plan with more than 1,000 stores.
Make your list and check it twice, but shop for only one elf at a time
To stay focused in the hustle and bustle, take your list for one person and shop for him or her only (with cash ). When you have purchased all the items, cross them off your list, then pay in cash and exit the store. Put your purchases in the car, and maybe even give yourself a small reward for staying focused.
Bring a smart phone

A smart phone can be your cash cow and your shopping buddy. You can use it to comparison shop right on the spot and end up saving money especially on large ticket items. 
Not new is not always bad
Don’t forget about eBay, pawn shops and consignment stores, which can save you a bundle during the holidays. Things that are rare, hand-crafted, collector’s edition or vintage are perfectly fine gifts.

Get gift cards
No, theses are not a cop-out present. The National Retail Federation says about 58 percent of shoppers want them. And the best part is you can re-gift unused ones. And if you don’t think a gift card is personal enough? You can design your own at www.GiftCards.com.