No matter how many names are on your holiday shopping list, you can save a little green by bargain shopping. Some shoppers choose to give up Thanksgiving to be first in line at the big box retailers — many of whom will be open for business on Thanksgiving Day.
Others wait for Black Friday sales on the day after Thanksgiving; Small Business Saturday, when lots of smaller, local stores run sales; or Cyber Monday, when many companies run internet-only specials. With some special running from before Thanksgiving until the first weekend in December, it’s more like Cyber Week.
Check out all of the specials in advance at BlackFriday.com, a top go-to site for holiday shopping. With over 100 ads on the site, you’ll find just what you’re looking for at just the right price. You’ll also find 70 Cyber Monday ads on the site.
The list of stores represented on BlackFriday.com includes the best of retail shopping. In addition to the most popular ads from perennial favorites Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Amazon, you’ll find deals from mid-size and large retailers offering a wide variety of products at reduced prices.
Some retailers stores are open on Thanksgiving Day, with most opening in the evening. Many retailers offer their biggest bargains only on Thanksgiving.
According to TheBlackFriday.com, another favorite deal-finding site, the bargains are waiting on Thanksgiving Day at these retailers, listed in order of opening times:
- Family Dollar opens at 7 a.m.
- Dollar General opens at 7 a.m.
- Meijer opens at 7 a.m.
- Gander Mountain opens at 8 a.m.
- Radio Shack opens at 8 a.m.
- Walgreens opens at 8 a.m.
- Rite Aid open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Bealls opens at 2 p.m.
- Goodys opens at 2 p.m.
- Peebles opens at 2 p.m.
- Stage Stores opens at 2 p.m.
- JC Penney opens at 3 p.m.
- HH Gregg opens at 4 p.m.
- Michaels opens at 4 p.m.
- Old Navy opens at 4 p.m.
- ShopKo opens at 4 p.m.
- BonTon opens at 5 p.m.
- Toys “R” Us opens at 5 p.m.
- Best Buy open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., reopening at 8 a.m. on Black Friday
- Bealls Florida opens at 6 p.m.
- Belk opens at 6 p.m.
- Burkes Outlet opens at 6 p.m.
- Dick’s Sporting Goods opens at 6 p.m.
- Farm and Home Supply opens at 6 p.m.
- Five Below opens at 6 p.m.
- Gordmans opens at 6 p.m.
- K-Mart opens at 7 p.m.
- Kohl’s opens at 6 p.m.
- Macy’s opens at 6 p.m.
- Modell’s Sporting Goods opens at 6 p.m.
- Office Depot opens at 6 p.m.
- Sears opens at 6 p.m.
- Sears Outlet opens at 6 p.m.
- Sports Authority opens at 6 p.m.
- Target opens at 6 p.m.
- Walmart opens at 6 p.m.
- Reeds Jewelers opening time not noted
Shop small on Small Business Saturday at your favorite local shops. From boutiques and specialty stores to gift shops, clothing stores, restaurants and museums, keep your money in your town by shopping local.
You’ll find something for everyone on your list as you browse in stores that are owned and operated by your friends and neighbors. Here are some favorite places to shop local here in Lynchburg, Va. on Small Business Saturday and all through the year.
Christmas decor fills the store at Accents Flags & Gifts, located at 1716 Main Street. In addition to a wide variety of full-sized and garden flags, you’ll find many home decor items, cheese ball and dip mixes, candles, scented sprays, fragrance oils, sports gifts, monogrammed gifts, baby gifts, pet gifts, wind chimes, garden decor, military decor and more.
Lynchburg Community Market is located at 1219 Main Street. In addition to the permanent stores, you’ll find lots of gifts in the Heritage Crafters Gallery and Artist’s Alley inside the market. Visit the market on the four Saturdays after Thanksgiving for Mistletoe Market with additional vendors and crafters outside.
Walk around downtown to find a wide variety of boutiques and shops, including:
- Lynchburg Visitor Center, 216 12th Street
- Gladiola Girls, 1220 Main Street
- Pastiche at Main, 811 Main Street
- Studio Eleven, 1105 Main Street
- Scene 3, 1107 Main Street
- High Peak Sportswear, 924 Main Street
- Shay’s Unique Gifts, 1102 Commerce Street
- Buzzard’s Roost, 718 Commerce Street
- The Art Box, 422 12th Street
- Scarlett’s Main Street Antique Mall and Gallery, 1025 Main Street
- Bikes Unlimited, 1312 Jefferson Street
- Oxide Pottery, 1337 Main Street
- The Beeswax Candle Company, 109 13th Street
For a great selection of books for children, teens and adults; teacher resources; educational toys and games for all ages, head to Givens Books & Little Dickens, located at 2236 Lakeside Drive. At Givens, you’ll find LEGO, Keva and Lincoln Logs building sets, Frozen playsets, Playmobil sets and figures, Fisher Price toys, kitchen sets, princesses, robotics and science kits, dolls and dollhouses, dress-up, stuffed animals, puzzles, games, art and craft sets. In addition to many popular brands, you’ll find a variety of items you can’t buy in the big box stores.
Just a short drive from Givens, stop in at the Farm Basket, located at 2008 Langhorne Road. At Lynchburg’s original gift shop, you’ll find gourmet food gifts, unique home and kitchen accessories and more.
Check at your favorite local stores for deals or enjoy a day of shop-hopping from place to place with friends. Be sure to share some photos on social media.
Visit CyberMonday.com to find coupons and deals for Cyber Monday and the week that’s becoming known as Cyber Week. From A to Z, you’ll find bargains everywhere — all without leaving home.
A few of our favorite Cyber Monday shopping sites include:
Amazon.com – This site is the favorite for many people, since you can find literally everything in one place at Amazon. New deals every day include Deal of the Day and Lightning Deals.
ThinkGeek.com – If you’re looking for unique gifts for the teens and young adults, Think Geek is the place to shop. Gear and gadgets from Doctor Who, Minecraft, Game of Thrones and Star Wars are among the choices on this site.
TheDreslyn.com – Designer fashion and home decor never looked better. Save 25% sitewide from Nov. 24-30 with the savings code noted on the site.
ShopStyle.com – ShopStyle makes it easier, faster and better for shoppers to navigate the sea of promotions with one-stop-shop of the best offers across the internet. Fashion, lifestyle, home and gift deals are updated daily. Be sure to check out the best deals of the day and editors picks.
Groupon.com – Find the best of local things to do and places to go at Groupon, as well as getaway deals and bargains on a variety of merchandise with Groupon Goods. With four days of bargains waiting, you won’t want to miss shopping with Groupon.
LivingSocial.com – This site also offers discounts on local events, activities and goods. In addition, you’ll find escapes to nearby and distant destinations, discounted merchandise and more.
Overstock.com – The site’s name offers a clue to the deals you’ll find in overstocked merchandise. From home goods to clothing, jewelry, electronics and more, the deals are waiting. Be sure to check out the Flash Deals and Liquidations for the biggest bargains.
Dell.com – Shopping for a computer? Check out the deals on laptops, desktops, tablets and accessories at Dell. You’ll also find employee, student and military discounts.
Ebay.com – Collectors, antique buffs and vintage lovers have shopped ebay for years. Why not join the fun this season to find bargains on electronics, toys, fashion, tools, home goods and more.
Zappos.com – Zappos started as a go-to site for hard-to-find shoes, but they’ve evolved into much more. In addition to every type of shoe on the planet, you’ll find clothing for men, women and kids, accessories, jewelry, handbags, sporting goods and more.
It’s holiday shopping time, so make a list and choose your favorite day to shop. Maybe you’d rather hit the stores every day to find bargains. Happy shopping!