Black Friday 2012: A fashion-lover's guide to the post-Thanksgiving sales
00:15 GMT, 21 November 2012
Black Friday blowout: From earlybird discounts to giftcards galore, we reveal where to shop on the day after Thanksgiving
While many use the Black Friday sales as an opportunity to get big-ticket items at a bargain price, the style set knows that it is also the perfect chance to bag new season stock at a serious markdown.
And fashion retailers are well aware, with some opening as early as 8pm on Thanksgiving day so that fans can make the most of the holiday discounts.
This year, sartorially-inclined shoppers will find some of the best deals at Tibi, where fall collections will be 60per cent off, and J Crew Factory, where already discounted items will have a further 40per cent off.
For the cheapest bargains, head to H&M, where party dresses will cost from just $5, and Forever 21, which will have some items going for just a dollar.
Earlybirds will most definitely be catching the proverbial worm at Bloomingdales (the sale lasts from just 7am-1pm) and C Wonder (an extra 50per cent off between midnight and 8am) – it'll be well worth it for bleary-eyed shoppers at Zara on Manhattan's 34th Street, who will be rewarded for their efforts with free tea and coffee from 5am.
It's worth getting in line ahead of opening time too, as those at the front will get gift cards at H&M and Topshop – and don't forget store cards as there will be extra discounts at Saks Fifth Avenue and Target.
Even if the discounts aren't that impressive, it'll still be worth hitting some stores for the free giveaways. Victoria's Secret will be giving away generous beauty goody bags on spends of $60 or more, and at Piperlime's SoHo store, there will be free hot chocolate and holiday treats for all.
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The brand fronted by Chloe Moretz (left) is taking 60per cent off everything apart from fragrances and beauty on Black Friday.
BANANA REPUBLIC (from 12am on Friday)
Banana Republic will be offering 40per cent off everything all day. Stores will also be open on Thanksgiving day.
Banana Republic Factory Stores will feature 70per cent off everything from November 16-25.
BLOOMINGDALES (from 7am Friday)
At the Manhattan flagship, there will be discounts in all departments including 25per cent off all women's denim – head down early though, the fun stops at 1pm.
C WONDER (from 12am Friday)
Before 8am, there will be a further 50per cent off all sale items in store, and throughout the day there will be a 25per cent discount on everything online.
The denim favourite will be taking 30per cent off the whole fall collection.
A further 30per cent off sale items, currently discounted by 40per cent.
The Forever 21 sale starts tomorrow, with 30per cent off sweaters and some items priced between just $1 to $15.
On Black Friday itself, there will be further discounts on denim, pajamas and accessories.
GAP (from 12am Friday)
Shoppers who arrive before noon can get sweaters for as little as $19, and kids' T-shirts for $5. The big discounts start well before though, with 60per cent off everything from today (Tuesday) until Sunday.
H&M (from 12am Friday)
New season items – including holiday party dresses – on sale from as little as $5. Plus the first 100 people in line
at H&M stores will win scratch-off gift vouchers, some with a value up to $300.
JCPENNEY (from 6am Friday)
There will be discounts across the board, but winter wear looks to be where the strongest discounts are.
Boots will be discounted to $25, $50 puffer jackets at $30, and JCPenney winter jackets, usually $70, will be discounted by up to $30.
J CREW FACTORY
From tomorrow until Monday, J Crew's outlet is discounting every item by 40per cent.
KOHL'S (from 12am Friday)
The first price drops start online at midnight tonight, but on Black Friday itself there will be up to 70per cent off winter coats and jackets, sweaters for $9.99 and up to 60per cent off all winter fashion accessories.
Expect $20-30 off most other fashion items, and up to 60per cent off sterling silver jewelry.
MACY'S (from 12am Friday)
Discounts of up to 50per cent. Among the offers will be Charter Club cashmere at $49.99 Nine West and Kenneth Cole coats at 79.99 and boots for just $19.99.
The store has also launched a special Black Friday app to help customers plan their shopping day.
The J Crew sister chain is offering a 25per cent discount on all purchases throughout Black Friday.
NORDSTROM and NORDSTROM RACK
There will be extended opening hours on Black Friday (times
vary according to region), and Nordstrom Rack shoppers will get a
$10 gift card for every $100 spent.
Cardholders can claim double points on Nordstrom Rack purchases over the weekend and Twitter users can follow clues to find 25 green 'Dots', each worth for a $50 gift card.
OLD NAVY (opens at 12am Friday)
is discounted with deals on coats, denim and tees. Shoppers can expect
fleece tops and jeans from $15 and women's boots for $12. Sales will
continue into Saturday.
In celebration of Piperlime’s first holiday with a
physical location, the SoHo store will
open its doors an hour early on Black Friday and offer a hot chocolate
and holiday treats.
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
Winter clothing will be discounted by up to 50per cent, with a furtehr 50per cent off sale items.
Spend over $100 on beauty and get a $25 gift card. Make purchases on your Saks credit card after midday, and you'll get another 10per cent off sale stock.
Get 25per cent off everything (with select exclusions) on purchases made in store.
SEARS (from 8pm Thursday)
On the fashion front, Sears is offering discounts of 60per cent on handbags and 75per cent off on jewelry, as well as boots for as little as $19.99.
Ten items, from brands including Stila and Korres, will be on sale for $10 each.
There will also be generous discounts on many other items including Urban Decay eyeshadow for $6 and the Prada Candy Gift Set for $82 (usually $104).
The biggest discount will be on the Sephora Collection Color Daze Blockbuster, available for $49.50 instead of the usual $370.
TARGET (from Thursday at 9pm)
There will be special discounts across the board, including clothing
from as little as $10.
Those paying on the stores's REDcard get an extra
5per cent off.
Pieces from the fall and pre-fall collections will be discounted by an impressive 60per cent.
There will be 40per cent off all stock, plus a 25per cent discount on spends of over $200 before 10am.
The chain is offering $10 off $30 spends, $20 off $50 spends and those spending over $100 get $50 off and a pair of
mittens (NY and Chicago) or a glitter nail polish and scarf, while stocks last.
There will be 30per cent off selected merchandise, spree prizes of $100, $200 and $500, and the first 200 in line at the New York and Chicago stores will get Early Bird gift cards.
The Las Vegas flagship will be open from midnight, and the first 500 will be eligible for gift cards.
URBAN OUTFITTERS (from 12am Friday)
holiday sale has already kicked off at Urban Outfitters, but on Black
Friday there will be an extra 50per cent off before 10am on all sale items.
Shoppers spending over $65 on Black Friday will get a limited edition tote filled with 'Beauty Must-Haves' from the lingerie giant's range.
The New York stores will be open from 7am until 11pm, with the exception of the 34th Street store, which will be open from 4am (with free tea and coffee from 5-8am for those early birds).
There will be discounts of 50per cent off selected items in all New York locations.