On Teaching Fashion: Black Friday and Cyber Monday

 Downtown San Francisco - Christmas by Franco Folini.

As most of you know, in the United States, today, the day after American Thanksgiving Day, is the traditional kick-off for winter holiday shopping.  Black Friday, as it is known, is the day that stores open early and offer big discounts and promotions, called doorbustersCyber Monday is the following Monday, the day when online retailers see a huge spike in sales, also related to holiday gift-giving. 

For the intrepid bargain shoppers, the doorbusters to be had started early this morning.  This week, I informally polled my students on their Black Friday shopping plans and a number of them planned to start before midnight.  At least one planned to camp out in front of a big box retailer to be in line for a doorbuster special, and others planned to shop at the closest outlet center (about an hour’s drive from campus), which opened at midnight. 

Other students of mine work in retail and have their day devoted to working the sales at their employers.  One student, who works at a large value apparel chain store planned to shop at the outlet center at midnight and then go to work at 2:00 a.m. to prepare for her store’s 3:00 a.m. opening.  I am looking forward to a full report from each of them next week (especially since we just covered our textbook’s chapter on fashion retail merchandising this week in my Introduction to Fashion course). 

vintage clothes shop, milan by *fab*.

For those shoppers who are disinclined to pre-dawn shopping, there is Cyber Monday, when there are discounts and promotions to be found online.  If you plan to shop that day, drop by The Budget Fashionista‘s page of Cyber Monday Deals to find out what kinds of discounts major online retailers have to offer.

This coming Wednesday, my department and I will be taking students on our annual field trip to San Francisco, where we will attend the King Tutankhamun exhibition at the De Young Museum, and shop at Union Square (the photo at the top of today’s post is of the Neiman Marcus in the former City of Paris department store building, on Union Square).  Photography is not allowed in the King Tut exhibit, but I know I will find plenty of other things to show you when I report on our trip in my post next Friday.

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