I’m usually one of those crazy people who enjoys shopping on Black Friday (you can read my Black Friday shopping strategies here.) But this year I’m still on the fence. I’ve got some shopping done already, some other things planned to make, and a variety of things on kids’ lists that don’t seem to be showing up in sales ads. I’m not quite feeling that shopping mojo yet.
The only thing that I’m somewhat interested in this year is the $1.50/yard flannel at JoAnns. I am expecting TWO grandbabies next year, people, and both my daughters are interested in trying cloth diapers. So I’ve been wondering about braving the crowds. It would definitely take bravery. Our JoAnn’s is in my humble experience THE worst place to be in the universe on Black Friday. For starters, you have to wait twice –once to get your fabric cut and then again to actually pay. I once stood in a line so long that by the time I got to the check-out, the lady in front of me and I knew secrets about each other that we hadn’t told our own mothers. I think it’s called trauma bonding.
It does help to go with a buddy, however. One person can shop while the other waits in the cutting line, and then you can trade off. Once you’ve both shopped and have everything to the cut counter, the second person can go stand in the checkout line. With good luck, the cutting will be done before you get to the front of the payment line. If not, you can always let a person at a time go ahead of you and pay while you wait for your buddy to show up with the cut fabric.
A few more strategy points-
- Though the fabric bolts are bulky to handle, I’ve found it best to skip the cart. It is just too hard to squeeze through crowded spots with your cart AND yourself. (You can usually bring a large empty tote into the store to help corral the goodies you grab before paying.)
- If you know you’ll eventually use a whole 10-yard bolt (for example, if you were a mom planning to make your whole family matching PJ pants for Christmas) you might just want to grab a few whole, unopened bolts and completely bypass the cutting line.
And just in case you’re wondering about the picture above, these diapers are ones I made today. They will eventually have snaps on them so they’ll be easy to use. Aren’t they sweet? I can’t wait to see the little guy that I made them for!! (Did I tell you already? Erika and her husband are expecting a boy!) I fully expect that by the time he and his little cousin arrive next year, they will have a good selection of cute diapers to wear. Especially if I get to that flannel sale on Friday. Oh, the fun!