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It’s Black Friday – the national shopping holiday. I’m agoraphobic (afraid of crowds) and have never really liked the fact that the best prices were only had by braving the crowds and fighting your way through hundreds of people to get to the cashier. Then one year, desperate for the great prices and at my wits end, I came up with an idea.

Digging in the back of my closet I pulled out my Renaissance Festival garb. If nothing else, the hoop skirt should afford me at least a minimum of personal space. I laced in and headed for the Mall of America (yup that huge crowd magnet). Parking that early in the morning was an orderly affair with teenagers in Santa Caps forcing people to park one after another. I think one of them may have noticed my high cleavage, but mostly they were worried about not getting run over.

People began to notice me as we all got out of our cars and walked toward the doors. Mostly though they were focused on their lists and the fliers about all the various sales that they planned to hit. I noticed that it wasn’t any worse than any other trip to the mall. Inside the effect became even more pronounced. People weren’t staring at me, but they were leaving me with more than enough room to move. I guess there is something scary about someone dressed so far out of normal. Whatever the cause, I was happy.

There were other effects as well. Every time I walked into a store a sales person or two were offering to help. In this case the out of the ordinary made me the more desirable customer. Shopping had never been easier. As I left each shop with my purchases, I picked up my security tail. The guard kept a respectful distance back at first, but slowly inched forward until I turned and greeted him. He was a big man, possibly a football player or marine in a former job. He approached with caution and asked what I was doing.

“Shopping” I said.

“But…” he waved at the outfit.

“I’m agoraphobic.”

That didn’t answer the question.

“Have you noticed how much space I get compared to everyone else?”

That made sense so he offered to escort me through the rest of my shopping. Sure why not, I’m all for a man in uniform.


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  74 Responses to “Black Friday – Hop To It”

  1. Thanks for the giveaway.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  2. We don`t have Black Friday deals here (I`m an international reader), so I`m just attending giveaways like this,lol.


  3. thanks fo much for the giveaway 🙂

  4. Thanks for the giveaway!


  5. Thanks for the giveaway!


  6. I am so glad to have found you on the black friday blog hop. I am always looking for new authors to read. Kim86004 (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. I’m thankful that I’m here in my comfy clothes hopping Blogs instead of shopping and dealing with the crowds. brendem7@comcast.net

  8. Way to go!! That is best idea I heard yet on how to outwith the crowds! lol


  9. I’m staying home for Black Friday because I don’t want to deal with the traffic or the crowds.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  10. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Happy holidays! Thank you for the giveaway!

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. Oh i’m staying home this black friday!!! Nothing in the sale ads could make me go today. i do like to look them over and usually can find a better deal online.thanks you for joining the hop!

  13. Not shopping on Black Friday. No longer have an interest. Thank you for the hop.

    bbabygirl1908 at aol.com

  14. Very clever! I wouldn’t brave those crowds…


  15. Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  16. I’m not a Black Friday shopper. I don’t believe that shopping should ever be a full contact sport. I spend the day baking cookies with my kiddos instead.

  17. Good idea! Seems odd though that just wearing Ren garb would deserve security attention though, unless he was just curious?

    Moonlight period aileen at gmail dot com.

  18. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! angelacisco79(at)yahoo(dot)com

  19. i go to my local mall for a gift card giveaway so for me black fri is fun and now im having even more fun at this black fri hop angelwolfmystic@yahoo.com

  20. No Black Friday for me! Online shopping is great 🙂

  21. I do not like crowds so BF shopping is not for me! I will be spending my day hopping and then snuggled up reading! Well that is after I decide on what new book I have just added to my to be read list! It gets longer every hop! Thanks!

    I am thankful for all the wonderful books I am finding on the hop!


  22. I skipped Black Friday shopping this year. Hopping instead 🙂
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  23. I’m not a agoraphobic but i might try that next year. I hate those crowds.


  24. I don’t shop on black Friday but if there is anything I want my sister goes to the sales and she will get it for me. Thanks for the giveaway.
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

  25. I’m not a black Friday shopper. lisarayns at gmail dot com

  26. I prefer online shopping.:) But haven’t bought something so far


  27. not sure I ‘m agoraphobic but I also don’t feel like in my comfort zone in the crowd!
    thanks for the hop!

  28. No black Friday shopping for me…

  29. I have friends who go Black Friday shopping but it’s not for me. Thanks for the chance to win!

  30. Haha! That’s wonderful! I love it~ gotta break out one of my wonderful hoop skirt costumes and try that in the future~ I love BF shopping, already been out today and back. Now just settling into the hop. 🙂 Thank you for the lovely giveaway~<3
    MostlyMisha [at] gmail [dot] com

  31. Hm, that is indeed a great idea! 🙂 I’d almost be tempted to do it myself…but I doubt I’ll ever brave the crowds on BF!


  32. Well, that is certainly an interesting plan! I found that glaring at people that get a bit too close does the trick… and it makes me feel intimidating. LOL!

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

  33. love the skirt idea! Mad, but effective! soozbuch@gmail.com

  34. Hi! Happy Holidays to you! Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! Best wishes and many blessings to you!

  35. Thank you for the blog hop.


  36. no BF shopping

    Thanks for participating.


  37. I loved your idea for keeping people away from you as you shopped. Great idea. This is the BEST way to spend Black Friday. Sitting at home, hopping with old friends and making new ones. I can’t handle the crowds anymore so I only do Black Friday shopping online if I do any. I tend to pick up gifts throughout the year so come November I’m finished. That way I can spread out the purchasing and not spend a fortune at the time of the year when my job is at its slowest and my paycheck is at its lowest. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  38. I do some Black Friday shopping, but I’m more addicted to Cyber Monday. No lines, No rude people, free shipping…. how can you go wrong!


  39. Funny BF story!

    melhalp at msn.com

  40. awesome post and blog hop!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  41. Thanks for the giveaway.


  42. I loved your story! I do all of my black friday shopping online! You can get the same deals and free shipping! Thanks for participating in the hop!


  43. I haven’t done any Black Friday shopping yet – I only left the house this morning to take my daughter and her friends to a movie (Rise of the Guardians was lots of fun!). Thanks for being in the hop!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  44. I love your creative solution! Shopping should never be a contact sport. So I shop online.


  45. I liked your story. I also use to work retail which inevitably meant Black Friday. I noticed that if you go really early like 6 am there really isn’t crowds. Thanks for the giveaway.

    jenceyg at gmail dot com

  46. Thanks to you and everyone who made this blog hop possible 🙂 such amazing prizes!
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

  47. Your story is pretty funny. I like your idea. I did some shopping online today. Thanks for participating.

  48. Thanks for participating in the hop! Happy Holidays!


  49. Thanks for participating in the hop. What a great idea. If it helped you feel comfortable shopping and kept people away good for you. I like the security escort too.


  50. I’m not crazy about Black Friday, but we did go out for a couple of very specific things this morning–which we got.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  51. Thanks for the chance to win.


  52. That was a great story! I don’t go shopping Black! Thank you for participating in this blog hop!

    Julie K

  53. I don’t like crowds, or black Friday shopping either. I’ll do just about anything to get out of it.
    Thanks for this great hop!


  54. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  55. I no longer go Black Friday shopping. Too many crazy people out there. I don’t have the patience I had when I was younger, LOL. So today I am staying in and blog hopping, instead of shopping! angadair@nwcable.net Thanks for the hop!

  56. I am not shopping. Not for me. Instead of shopping, I’m hopping! I prefer to do my shopping online.
    Happy Black Friday.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  57. No BF for me this year and didn’t miss going at all. I think I will skip it from now on. Thanks for doing the hop!


  58. That’s a great idea…I should drag out my renaissance garb next year.
    isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com

  59. Thanks for the chance to win!


  60. Great story! I tried Black Friday once also last year, but wasn’t as creative as you! I may have to try to think of something if there is every anything I cannot live without in the sale ads!

    Thanks so much for being a part of the hop and for the giveaway.

    Happy Holidays,

  61. Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  62. I shop online to avoid the crowds.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  63. I love Black Friday shopping, but this year I waited until the store was almost empty and I still got all the specials on my list. I live in a small town and even though there are a couple hundred people in Wal-Mart, most are friendly and they even say excuse me when they push you to get to what they want. I would never shop in the places they show in the news, way too scary., but in my town, I try to go every year.


  64. I have agoraphobia too! Thanks so much for participating in this giveaway hop!

  65. Black Friday and me = oil and water, don’t like it. Thank you for being a part of the hop.


  66. Staying home & hopping! No Black Friday craziness for me. Thanks for the giveaway & being part of this awesome hop!


  67. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  68. Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  69. Thanks for the giveaway!

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