Dillards New Years Day Sale was so much fun. I'll let you in on our game plan, and what worked and didn't work. I'm not a Black Friday shopper, so my experience is limited. I didn't know what to expect!
We went to Dillards on New Years Eve to get a feel for the layout of the store and where the sale items would be located. We both selected some shoes that we tried on and then put them all in a pile on the table hoping they would still be there in the morning. We had heard from some other shoppers that when they "hid" items in the store, they couldn't locate them when they came in for the sale. I'm pretty sure the sales associates are directed to canvass their area for "contraband".
New Years morning we arrived at the store about two hours before the opening. It was frigid but I had my coffee which would later turn out to be a mistake. We sat in the vehicle and watched the doors to the store. It wasn't as busy as I anticipated. After about 45 minutes, we went to the side entrance and entered the exterior doors to find that the slide down door gave us just enough room for the two of us plus our blanket-covered stroller and about eight other shoppers. Word on the street was that the front doors to the store were super-packed so I felt good about our decision to enter through the men's department.
By the time 10 a.m. rolled around, there were about 100 people waiting outside the doors by our entrance. The roller doors opened promptly. I skipped through the men's department and located my shoe size table. My shoeboxes were still neatly stacked and I collected them (six boxes in all), turned and walked back to the stroller. I lifted the baby blanket and deposited my shoes in the stroller and then covered them with the blanket. Whew, the first 60 seconds went by so smoothly, I was ready to tackle the clothes.
I continued my shopping by going through the clearance racks in a methodical way. I only selected things I really loved. When my arms got full, I'd make a trip to the stroller and drop off the gear. The shoe department was on the main floor, the clothes were on the second floor.
On one trip down the escalator, an elderly (more elderly than me) lady fell down, head first but on her back. Everyone on the escalator helped her to get up and collect her things.
Throughout the hour that I was there, everyone was cheerful and polite. I heard no complaining from the customers or the staff. I saw no fighting over product, although I didn't venture over to the purse department so that may be another story.
I'm tickled pink with my purchases. I headed directly home where I tried everything on and then cleaned out my closet to make room for the new.
Dillards New Years Day Sale in Ogden, Utah is one sale I'm sure to attend next year!