With Thanksgiving approaching, local stores are getting ready for what comes after.
While some locals may have already started getting their Christmas lists together, the holiday shopping spree will kick into high gear by the time Thanksgiving meals are done on Thursday evening and rolling into Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year.
“This is it, we’re into the big leagues now that Thanksgiving is here,” said Cris Willis, owner of Parsons Gifts. “Now through Christmas, it will be crazy in here.”
Some local stores were unable to even answer questions for Forsyth County News this week due to employees busy preparing for the big day.
According to BlackFriday.com, sales across the country for November and December 2017 totaled $692 billion, including $7.9 billion – about $5 billion on Thanksgiving and $2.9 billion on Black Friday – in online sales.
The site reported that 174 million American shopped last Black Friday weekend and there was $13 million worth of online sales.
The name Black Friday has been in use since the 1960s to refer to the shopping after Thanksgiving and refers to going from having debt, being in the red, to a profit, being in the black.
In recent decades, the holiday has become popular thanks to deals from retailers, though online shopping appears to have impacted the number of in-person shoppers.
In 2017, Amazon.com accounted for 45.1 of online transactions on Thanksgiving and 54.9 percent on Black Friday.
According to a survey done by the website, about 46 percent of responders said clothing was the most likely gift to be returned, well ahead of toys, 17 percent, and shoes and recreational items, both at 13 percent.
Responders also said in-laws were both the ones they enjoyed shopping for the least, 24 percent, and gave the worst gifts in the family, 24 percent.
Based on search trends from the site, the PlayStation 4 is both the most anticipated item of the year and the most popular item in Georgia.
Georgia’s neighbors did not agree. Instead, Tennessee and South Carolina said the Nintendo Switch was the gift of the year, North Carolina and Alabama said Apple products and Florida said home appliances.
For more info, go to BlackFriday.com.