Thursday, November 22, 2007

For the Love of a Bargain

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope that you all had a great day with your loved ones and got to enjoy some seriously good grub! We had a nice, relaxing Thanksgiving ourselves, thanks for asking! We went to Michael's Grandmother's house and enjoyed a great dinner with his half of the family, though we missed his mom and dad who were visiting his sister and her husband and baby Hannah in Texas. While the day was fun, there was nothing that was necessarily blog-worthy.

My family on the other hand...well... they decided to shake things up this year. It all started when we were trying to decide the travel-lunch-travel-dinner schedule for this 'holiday'. See, almost all of our family lives in-state, close enough that we can drive to their houses for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but far enough from each other that we spend most of the day in the car getting to and from all the houses. It has gotten even more difficult now that we have kids. So this year we decided to do an early Thanksgiving with my side of the family to 'simplify' things. But that all changed when Chris's (my sister's Husband) flight schedule changed. So, long story short we decided to do our own thing for Thanksgiving and make up for it at Christmas.

So, where you might ask does the 'shaking things up' and the 'bargains' come in??? Well, right... about... here...

That's right my friends! As we speak my father, my brother, and my sister are camped out in the freezing cold at the local Best Buy. There, they patiently wait for it's opening at 5:00 am tomorrow morning. They have been there since 12:00 NOON today. All in the name of a great deal on laptop computers. And while part of me thinks they are totally freaking crazy for spending the night on the cold, hard sidewalk surrounded by strangers, the Bell in me wants to be there right beside them... hunting down that bargain.

Here's Tim & Dad waiting it out, fully prepared for the frigid temps.
Hats? CHECK!
Blankets? CHECK!
Gloves? CHHHHHHH... What the...???? Ummmmm, yeah. Those would be women's gloves my dear ole' dad is sportin'. When I asked him about them and commented on their lack of masculine features, he promptly popped his pinky finger up to add to the effect. I never knew my dad's love for a deal would drive him to cross-dress. He told me he couldn't find his and that my mom's just had to do. Well dad, as long as that's as far as it goes... At least Pam is still fashionably minded...Dad and some of the other crazy bargain huntersAnd finally, Pam and her line buddy James. They are all becoming like a big family there. Well, good luck guys! I love you all and I wish I was right there with you!!! There's always next year...like I said... Bells can't resist a good deal!

12 comments:

Pam Burrus said...

Thank you Caron for capturing this Bell Bonding night (minus a Bargain Bell who was TRULY there in spirit). Yes it was cold... freakin cold to be specific... but we came home with 4 kick butt Sony Vaios, 4 awesome laptop cases and 4 optical mice (mouses?)

Only 18 available and we covered 22%... not too shabby. It was a long night, but a fun one for sure. We made friends, laughed together, shivered together... I (yes me, not the men, ME) even had to regulate TWICE. Oh sister, I have much more info to elaborate on your blog.

Oh, and can you please make sure that people know that we were there at 12 NOON... not 11 (people would assume 11pm and we proudly survived a 15 hour camp out)

Today I'm feelin the wind burn on my face, the frost bite on my toes, and the delirium setting in from lack of sleep, but it was soooooooooo worth it. We will save you some ground space next year dear sister - same time, same... well depends on where the best deals are!!

Caron said...

lmao... so noted. I added 'noon' to the arrival time. I wouldn't want people to think you guys were wimps or anything! LOL! So glad you got them!

katie said...

y'all are trippin! ha! this cracked me up, caron. your sis is too funny!

Tara said...

I saw a line like that last night at the Pleasant Hill Rd Best Buy. I got up in there with the crowds today though, with Evan in tow. Black Friday isn't what it used to be without a kid. So much fun though! They were definitely brave to stand the cold.

Chris said...

OMG...NOT ME! How much were the laptops??? I'm curious. They would have to have been SERIOUSLY CHEAP for me to do that. WOW!

Great pics though...and congrats to the bargain shoppers. I don't have it in me! Maybe for front row Bon Jovi tix....

Pam Burrus said...

The laptops we got were $399, they had another for $229, but the $399 ones were sleeker and faster and bigger and better... ya know :) Honestly, It was so worth it. I not only got a laptop for me and hubby, but made a memory with my dad and brother. (all this written on my NEW LAPTOP!!!)

Caron said...

Pam, didn't you get some optical mouses, cases, and something else to go with them for only $20 extra? that's a deal too!! Oh, and the laptops were Sony Viao's which I've heard are nice!!

Pam Burrus said...

Yep. Laptop bag and optical mouse for $19. I've been playing with the laptop.. it's awesome. Where are the rest of the pics.. I want to see some of the ones of the line. Put them up on your www.richbeginnings.com site. (shameless plug)

Caron said...

speaking of shameless plug... I need updates form www.pilotdesigns.com LOL!!!

Pam Burrus said...

Oh you mean Pilot Designs that offers custom website design and development in Newnan Georgia? I would love to update your portrait photography website for your photography studio in Lavonia Georgia where you offer senior portraits, family portraits, baby photos, maternity pictures, location photography and more! :)

Melanie said...

I'm impressed. That is dedication for sure. I was just proud of myself for being at the outlet mall at midnight!

Andrea said...

Wow! Their dedication is impressive. They got good deals and great memories-an incredible two for one!