I got home by 7 a.m. $600 lighter in the wallet, but 95% of my shopping is done for the girls. I'm so excited that SO many things on their Christmas lists were featured in the 6-hour sales this morning! Between my gradual Amazon shopping and today, it's almost all done...and at amazing prices!
I got up at 4:15, threw on some clothes and ran out the door to my nearest (and largest) Fred Meyer in Beaverton. There's a 24-hour Starbucks about 50 feet from the door...so of course I went in there first.
The doors opened at 5 a.m. and I headed straight for Home Electronics because they had all Gameboy Games 20% off. I grabbed HP GoF and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and took off for the toy department for the Buy One Get One (BOGO ) board games. I grabbed the Star Wars Trivial Pursuit and the Disney Scene It. I also got a guitar for Cassidy, some half price Matchbox cars and headed for the half price sock sale. I got some socks for myself (comfy organic ones I've wanted....yes, I like good socks ), tights for Chloe and then three gorgeous wool scarves for Courtney and me (half price!)....they're SO cute! I grabbed the 99 cent magic gloves.....they're pretty much disposable, but the kids go through them like crazy.
I went to Target and got there just as the doors opened at 6 and headed back to Electronics. I had my heart set on getting Chloe a Gameboy Advance SP Bundle for $68, but they were out. The employee standing there was pretty sure there were more in back, so he took off...other people had been telling us as we walked up that the Gameboys were gone, so most people turned back....but I waited for the employee to come back....apparently they went through 48 boxes in 2 minutes! Oy. I stood there, dejected, pricing the normal Gameboys...and a woman came back and started to put the Bundle back on the shelf. I was stunned.....I asked her if she was sure she didn't want it, and she said she and her sister both grabbed one in the madness, then when they met up, they realized they only needed one. I started crying....so happy. The game in the bundle is a Super Mario World game that was stolen from Courtney at a park a few years ago....her first SP was stolen and that particular game was inside it. We haven't been able to track one down in YEARS!! She's gotten other Mario games, but never as awesome as that one. So I wanted the Gameboy BADLY!! So happy! Chloe is going to be SO shocked and so happy to get her own big girl Gameboy!! I can't wait to see her face!
Then I ran to grab the Millenium Falcon lego set. The employee was just standing there handing them out of a case. I got one of the last five. $50!! Cassidy is SO going to be the happiest kid on earth.
Then I got her a microscope, the bug habitat and headed for the DVDs. I got Napolean Dynamite, Robots, Madagascar, Kicking and Screaming, Bewitched, Charlie and the Choc. Factory...and I think some others. I got Chloe the Hello Kitty flannel sheet set and just for kicks, I headed back to look at bikes (which were not on sale).
I got my ten year old and my seven year old gorgeous aluminum Schwinn bikes....they're really nice! First nice bikes they've had....and I got them more than half off. They're "re-packaged." Great deal...basically a customer bought a bike, they needed a part, Target gives them a part off a bike in a box they have in storage, then order the part for the bike in the box. When the part comes in, they assemble the bike with the new piece and put it out on the floor and sell it 50% off, since it's technically now not new. So....those weren't part of the 6-hour sale, it was just a bit of good luck. Target didn't have a bike sale, so it was me and three Target employees hanging out back there--customer service was great!! They knew so much about the bikes....that never happens. I felt like a queen being followed through the store by two employees pushing my new bikes!
A few weeks ago, I got Chloe the Barbie and the Magic Pegasus barbie, the Mickey Mouse fan barbie and two Fairytopias that were on sale BOGO. That was an awesome deal! I got Courtney the ULTA face case that was in their ad last weekend for $20....it's really nice. She's going to love it! I also got her a bunch of Paul Frank stuff...hat and scarf, mittens, socks, umbrella. I got her the 12th Series of UE book, Eragon and Eldest, the Series of UE DVD, the Barbie/Pegasus DVD. I got Chloe the Finding Nemo, Monster's Inc GBA pack on Amazon, and the Disney Princess GBA game. My dad got Chloe the Barbie guitar (OMG, I kinda want one!), my mom got Cassidy the build your lightsaber kit, my dad got Cass the Yoda lego set off ebay (that's a HUGE ), and we've gotten Chloe tons of Breyer horses and a DVD documentary on some kind of horses and then the matching Breyer horse set!
The only thing I need to buy is a new bike for Chloe bear, a Paul Frank sweatshirt for Courtney (ugh, she freaking LOST hers!) and some stocking stuffers and I'm done with the kids. Kelly and I are done. And we begged everyone in our families to make lists....and all everyone wants are gift certificates. That's SO fortunate...makes my life a TON easier! Kelly's brother and wife want a gc from Crate and Barrel, my sister wants Nordstrom, her husband wants Best Buy, my mom wants a gc from a running shoe store, her husband wants a book store gc, and my dad and his wife don't want anything, so they'll get gc's, I guess.
Good shopping year! I feel SO fortunate!!! I got LUCKY!!