Black Friday

It is on! The Recessionista’s Black Friday 2012 Fashion Sale Guide Plus… Doorbusters!

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As most of my readers know, Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, is the new Black Friday.  It’s a bit cruel for store employees who have to work on Thanksiving, but I understand some of them were working in the past to get ready for the Friday sales. That makes sense as we know the magic elves didn’t get the stores ready the day after Thanksgiving. If you are thinking of rousing yourself from a tryptophan (sleep inducing) turkey coma to head to the store, here is a little list of  fashion deals from retail stores, compiled via The Recessionista’s radar system. I’m breaking it down into categories, to try to bring you the best savings. For more deals from individual designers check out  our Black Friday Sales listing. Here we go!


ASOS: From Nov. 22-25, get deals on the  high street retailer’s stylish fashions with 20 percent off sitewide using code BLACKFRIDAYBONUS.

H&M : Most H&M stores will open at midnight (now that’s early). Look special for goodies for the first customers in line,
Black Friday Specials:

Fashion finds starting at $5 (example pricing included above) Select outerwear styles at 50% percent off.Look for  Maison Martin Margiela returns at select stores 🙂

Zara stores will be opening early on Black Friday.  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 50 per cent off selected items in all New York locations

Topshop:  The chain is offering 30 percent off select merchandise online and in stores. As a special incentive, if you spend $30 you’ll get $10 off, spend $50 and get $20 off, and spend $100 and you’ll get $50 off your purchase.  So the more you buy, the more you save.  Further shopping incentives to get fashionistas into US Topshops include  30 per 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.

Kohl’s:  All I can say is Narcisco Rodriguez.  It’s amazing!!  However, Kohl’s is offering more than Narcisco with big sales when the store open stonight, Thursday night at Midnight, 12:00 am. Clothing and accessories for the entire family and all ages will be on sale. There will be 500 Early Bird specials.  Check out Retail Me Not for a Kohl’s coupon to save.  Look for discounts on Simply Vera, Dana Buchman, J Lo and more. Special: Kohl’s: 20% Off Everything + Free Shipping on $50  Black Friday will offer  up to 70 per cent off winter coats and jackets, sweaters for $9.99 and up to 60 per cent off all winter fashion accessories. Expect $20-30 off most other fashion items, and up to 60per cent off sterling silver jewelry.

Macy’sSavings throughout the store and online. Also, clip the savings pass on their website. Check their website to see 250 items that will be on sale at 5 am at and in-store. More deals are coming the week of Dec. 2nd. Did you get your friends and family discount cards in the mail yet?

JCPenney: Savings on  Mango, Nicole Miller, Ronson  Lulu Guinness, Jenny Packham and Bisou Bisou. Check their Facebook page for details. Click here for details and doorbusters. Here’s the scoop on individual fashion items.Boots will be discounted to $25, $50 puffer jackets at $30, and JCPenney winter jackets, usually $70, will be discounted by up to $30.  Look for savings on my current JCP favorites Lulu Guinness and Jenny Packham.

Nordstrom: Save 40% on your favorite designers at NORDSTROM. Plus, get free shipping and returns all the time.

Saks Fifth Ave: 8 AM – Noon in Saks stores. Up to 70% off original prices on selections for her & him. Special: Saks Fifth Avenue: Up to 60% Off + Free Shipping  Winter clothing will be discounted by up to 50 per cent, with a further 50 per cent off sale items. Spend over $100 on beauty and get a $25 gift card.

TJ Maxx–always low priced savings everyday, at all stores.  Stores open at 7 am or earlier on Black Friday, check your local store for details.

White House Black Market: Thursday and Friday take 25% OFF your entire purchase in boutiques and online.

John Bartlett: Sale on select apparel to benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief from now until 11.31

GAP: The Gap will offer 60% off the entire store. Details on their Facebook page.

Crash & Burn’s shop online a Friday Nov. 23rd get 40% OFF entire site. Promo Code: GOBBLE40  Saturday Nov. 24th – Monday Nov. 26th get 30% OFF entire site. Promo Code: GOBBLE30 Free Shipping on all orders over $150!

Sponsored Deals:

Beyond the Rack Shopping Club  Join today and receive a $15 shopping credit + Pay Shipping Once & Receive Free Shipping on ALL additional orders. Invitation Code: BLACKFRIDAY15 Starts 11/23 at 12:01 AM EST and ends 11/25 at 11:59 PM EST! Use my invite to join,   Sale’s starting tonight at Midnight. Vintage Jewelry and Watches- Cartier, Versace, Tiffany & Co., and Corum  plus Vintage Louis Vuitton- LV speedies and more in great condition

Gilt Groupe : The luxury online shopping club is offering a  Black Friday Blitz with Free Shipping + [BLANKNYC], Our Favorite Sweaters, KAUFMANFRANCO, Holiday Shoe Shop, plus extra shavings when you shop on their mobile apps. If you’re note a member, use my invite to join.

Ideeli  Their Black Dress Black Friday sale offers designer savings of up to 90% off of shoes, fashions, and more.  Click here to use my invite to join.

 Big Box Stores:

Target; Doorbuster deals will begin at 4 a.m. on Nov. 23, and those who hold a Target REDcard will have early access to select Black Friday sale items online.

Sears: Check the Black Friday deals on their website. Sears opens at Midnight look for sales on Lands End and other fashion items.  Yes, they have Kardashian Kollection. No, it’s not on my pick list.

Kmart:  Blue Friday is what they call it.  They are opening early on midnight Thursday 11/23 for special savings. Check out the cashmere in the Jaclyn Smith collection  top-rated last year by Real Simple Magazine. Their website is offering extra savings of 50% off of Toys, specials on Electronics and more. Check the Kmart site homepage for details.


JC Penney/Sephora has Door Busters starting at 4 am.  I’ve been told their mascara, the quilted one, is fantastic.

Avon:  I’m a fan of their face creams, U by Unargo line and Jillian Dempsey products. Who knew Avon had Unargo cosmetics? I am loving the face powder. There are also lipsticks, but they only come in 3 colors right now. The prices are reasonable and the quality is good, on the level of more expensive brands like Estee Lauder and Clinique.

JC Penney: Offers a variety of doorbusters starting at 4 am .  Check our Black Friday list for details.

Old Navy will offer doorbusters, including special deals for the first few customers in line on Thanksgiving Day, $15 sweaters, and 50 percent off outerwear.

Los Angeles Outlets:

Los Angeles: Midnight Madnesss
Camarillo and Desert Hills Premium Outlets  Black Friday
For a complete listing of promotions for the whole weekend visit: Camarillo and Desert Hills outlet websites. Check for Premium or Chelsea Outlets in your area to see if they are having midnight madness specials.

Ontario Mills Mall: Beginning at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, Ontario Mills visitors will be able to find everything on their holiday shopping list at unbeatable prices.“ Shoppers will enjoy great deals at Ontario Mills’ impressive line-up of stores such as Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Banana Republic Factory Store, Forever 21, G by Guess, J.Crew Factory, LOFT Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store, Nordstrom Rack and more. Gift seekers are encouraged to visit to see retailer offers in advance of their visit to the property. As part of Ontario Mills’ Black Friday holiday weekend, select retailers will have a “Super Sale” sign in their window to help shoppers easily find the extra savings. Great deals include 50% off boots, men’s denim, watches and sweaters at Kenneth Cole Company Store, 40% off at American Eagle Outfitters, 50% off at Tommy Bahama Outlet, 20% off $100 or more at Tommy Hilfiger Company Store and more.


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.