In a down economy like today’s, every dollar counts. Frantic shoppers wait all year for black Friday. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is considered a tradition, and perfected shopping experience, for many. Complete that ever-growing Christmas checklist, shoppers purchase birthday presents, stock up on necessities, and even get a few items for themselves. It’s not just the major department stores who take part in black Friday. A number of local shops offer unbeatable prices. Discounts are generally steeper in the morning, so set your alarm clock and avoid the line because doors open at the crack of dawn at the best places for black Friday shopping deals in D.C.
3306 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
Home furnishings are often an investment, due to heavy price tags and how rarely they actually need to be purchased. Get those pinterest boards updated and spend black Friday 2012 focusing on interior design to spruce up your living spaces for a fraction of the cost. Visit Design Within Reach in Georgetown for 15 percent off the entire Herman Miller collection. Herman Miller is the manufacturer of all Eames products carried by Design Within Reach. These items, which included modern shapes and wood accents, are some of the store’s most famous pieces. If you’re in need of updated office furniture or a futuristic lounge chair, the Eames collection is what you’ve been looking for.
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4238 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203
This charming jewelry store has held shop at Ballston Common Mall in Arlington for 23 years. Snag a snazzy pair of Candela earrings, made in Spain, starting at just $100. All in-stock earrings are 35-percent off on black Friday. Select watch collections are 25-percent off. Brands include Citizen, Tissot and Bulova. Citizen watches are eco-friendly and the battery is charged by light. Men’s and women’s watches start at $79, a bargain for an investment piece likely to last a lifetime.
7114 Bethesda Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
In the thick of the ever-chic Bethesda Row, Ginger is a women’s clothing boutique that carries men’s designer names unique to the area. This year’s awaited sale at Ginger lasts all day, however early arrivers will get the greatest deals. Between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., the entire store will be 40 percent off. Customers paying between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. will receive 30 percent off. Shoppers who arrive after 11 a.m. will receive 20 percent off, as the discount is good for the duration of the day. After you’ve scored new looks at Ginger, check out the surrounding stores. It’s difficult to leave Bethesda Row with just one shopping bag.
1079 Wisonsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007
Jack Wills is a “fabulously British” clothing brand known for a university-inspired selection of traditional campus wear. While the store doesn’t announce exact discounts until the day of, expect hefty mark downs. Last year on black Friday, the entire store was 30 percent off. Georgetown is lucky enough to home one of the 12 Jack Wills stores in the country. Although designs, for both men and women, are coming from all of the way across the pond, prices are reasonable. Women’s sweaters start at $60, and men’s hats at $35. Aside from clothing, browse Jack Wills for homewares such as coffee mugs and duvet covers, or always-necessary tech accessories.
142 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
The weekend after Thanksgiving is prime time for holiday shopping. The Dandelion Patch is a local specialty store full of vibrant, one-of-a-kind stationery and invitations, as well as thoughtful gifts and trinkets. Take full advantage of its black Friday promotion of buy one holiday card at full price, get another card free. There are six Dandelion Patch locations in the DC-Metro area, including one outlet store: Reston, Vienna, Georgetown, National Harbor, Leesburg and Leesburg Outlets. Don’t leave the store without browsing its buzzed-about selection of personalized stationery, available in letterpress and engraved.