Monday, November 26, 2012
St. Louis-based Gateway to Peace Museum, Habitat for Humanity and the United Way of Greater St. Louis are among the nonprofits trying to encourage people to pause in their shopping and find a way to help others.
Will donating to charity ever be as popular as shopping during the holiday season? A partnership of nonprofits hopes so. For many people, the holiday shopping marathon began on Thanksgiving Day, with some national chains opening their doors just hours after the traditional turkey dinner. Then comes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, which has morphed into Cyber Week. Now, there's a new campaign asking you to open your wallet—Giving Tuesday. The Giving Tuesday website says the effort, coming on the heels of days devoted to consumerism, is designed "to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations." …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Find the latest on Black Friday lines, deals and news as it happens. If you see something we should know about, send us a tip at Maggie.Rotermund@patch.com or tweet @UniCityPatch.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Attention, Crestwood and Sunset Hills shoppers: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday rule the shopping roost after Thanksgiving.
If you have a black belt in Black Friday shopping, listen up: area big-box retailers are gearing up to dazzle bargain hunters even earlier this year — starting on Thanksgiving Day! Walmart announced that it would open its doors at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22 and offer holiday doorbusters while supplies last. These include deals on TVs, iPads, an electric scooter for $79 and a steam mop for $39. Not to be outdone, Target and Best Buy are also planning all-out holiday shopping assaults. Target's deals begin at 9 p.m. According to an ad leaked online, the best deals will be for TVs, a Nook, a Nikon camera and an XBOX 360 Kinect bundle. At Best Buy, doors open at midnight. Doorbusters include deals on TVs, phones and Samsung laptop bundles. …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Thousands are signing an online petition protesting Target's plans to open at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving to offer Black Friday sales. Similar efforts are surfacing for other retailers including Best Buy, Old Navy, and Kohl's.
The petition was reportedly created by a Target employee upset that the retail giant is opening on Thanksgiving and requiring employees to work instead of spending time with their families. Target stores, including the one in Kirkwood, will open their doors at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. As of Tuesday morning, there are more than 179,000 signatures on the petition. (Check out the petition here.) Target is joining other retailers, inlcuding Walmart, that are opening on Thanksgiving to get a jump on Black Friday holiday shoppers. A press release from Change.org reported that they have seen dozens of new petitions pop up about Black Friday hours. "Following a Sears announcement last week that the company would open store doors at 8 p.m. on …
Friday, November 9, 2012
The retail giant has said it will start sales events at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
For traditionalists, it may be an unwelcome encroachment on a holiday normally focused on family, but for shopping enthusiasts it's all in good fun. Walmart has announced that it will begin running "Black Friday" sales at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the earliest time yet as the shopping holiday increasingly becomes "Black Thursday." Although the retail giant did hold sales on Thanksgiving Day last year, they started later in the evening. The 8 p.m. push will be one of three sales "events" for Walmart with others occurring at 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next day. According to the St. Louis Business Journal, Walmart earns more than a quarter of its annual sales from the holiday season. The National Retail Federation is also expected a surge in …
Monday, November 28, 2011
We've found the best Cyber Monday sales at national chain stores and local, independent businesses.
It's been a big week: Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday and now, Cyber Monday, when stores offer deals to online holiday shoppers. We'll be updating this list as new Cyber Monday sales come out. If you see one we should mention, tweet it to @StLouisLindsay, tag it #cybermondaystl or email Lindsay.Toler@patch.com. St. Louis-based deals: Sales at national chains:
Friday, November 25, 2011
Find the latest on Black Friday lines, deals and news as it happens. If you see something we should know about, send us a tip at Lindsay.Toler@patch.com or tweet @StLouisLindsay.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Check out these local stores to get a head start on your Christmas shopping.
Black Friday sales are beginning earlier this year than ever before to entice holiday shoppers. Old Navy, Best Buy and Kohl’s are just a few of the stores opening at midnight on Friday to give shoppers the best deals on everything from the coolest electronics to the latest fashions. Toys"R"Us and Walmart will be rolling out the deals even earlier at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving night. But if you would rather begin your shopping after sleeping a few hours, PetSmart will open their doors at 7 a.m. and Bed, Bath and Beyond will open at 5 a.m. You can pick up most retailers’ sales ads in-store or view online before heading out to make the most of your shopping time and avoid hassles for things you’re not interested in. Look for Home Depot’s deals …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Patch takes a brief look at the origins of one of the country's most peculiar post-holiday traditions.
Love it or hate it, “Black Friday” has become an American tradition. It's the day after Thanksgiving when virtually countless Americans will have gone shopping as early as midnight in order to take advantage of retailer sales earmarked just for the occasion. But just how did this practice start, and where did the day's name come from? What may be the earliest known reference to a market-related “Black Friday” came about late in the 19th century, when a crash in gold values attributed to financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk led to financial pandemonium across the country. Federal debt caused by the Civil War and the circulation of “greenbacks” replacing gold coins, the financial market was volatile. To address the instability, treasury …