Black Friday Shopping! Are you ready?

Hey, guys!

I wanted to share my Black Friday shopping sites and ask about your favorites as well.

I sure as hell won’t be going to actually stores during this madness, considering I don’t go to stores on normal days. We did do the whole midnight Black Friday experience one year when our Italian friends were visiting and it was actually fun to do it once to see how crazy it gets.

So this year I am sure even more people will be shopping from their couch. So will I. Andrew will be taking Lexi and, armed with a credit card and a list of items,  I will be buying stuff we’ve been holding off on buying till this day.

Traditionally every Black Friday we buy new towels, new sheets and new dinnerware. They are the cheapest than any other time of the year and it’s nice to get nice new linens every year. Most of the other items get bought when they are needed during the year, like electronics and camera equipment, because Black Friday usually has deals on more mainstream stuff like low end DSLRs and low end lenses.

Btw, if you’re looking to buy a low end ( does not equal bad quality, just means cheaper and simpler) DSLR, I would recommend Canon T3 for $449  or a newer T3i for $150 dollars more.

Here’s where I will be shopping personally:

  • Kohl’s & Macy’s websites for household stuff I mentioned above. We are debating actually going to the store in the morning because we really need to see towels in person, but I am not sure we’ll want to brave the crowds.
  • H&M, Express & and a few msc clothing stores (online) because I am completely out of clothes that fits right or looks good.
  • Baby clothing (nothing much just a few leggings for the colder weather we are having. I have a whole dresser full of clothes she is not wearing, and my MyHabit shopping habits is keeping it fully stocked). I’d love to hear where you shop for baby clothes ( aside from the  standard gaps, jcrews, old navys, etc). I am looking for something cute and different but not crazy expensive ( I have plenty of those). Like I recently discovered Wheat Baby clothing – love it!
  • Speaking of MyHabit, this is where I am going to do most of the shopping on Friday an Monday. Because we don’t NEED anything, I will just be looking for something so cute or so cheap that I cannot pass it up.

The key to MyHabit is jumping on it the second the sale starts and concentrating on one category. When 70-90% off sales are run there, things are sold out within the first 10 minutes. So in order to actually get a few things, you have to filter the sale by size and then  add to cart everything you see that you like, then go through it and select what you actually want to buy ( adding to cart reserves the item for 10 min). You can easily get $400 dresses for $50-60 and really nice baby clothes under $15 . There are under $50 items in both men’s and women’s sections of things that retail for $200-$300, like $18 BlankNYC jeans I bought a few times (they usually retail for $70-80) or $8-$10 designer baby clothin. Shipping is free an so are returns.

CYBER MONDAY on MYHABIT


Where and what for will you be shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? I’d love to hear some good ideas!

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22 Comments

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    Nat
    November 22, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    If you need rec’s on kids brands (cause I agree, the MyHabit and Zulily is limited plus a lot of it is limited sizing, weird fits, tacky central)…have you tried Tea Collection? That seems to be kind of your style, soft knits. Or Mini Boden? Also, Hanna Andersson’s clothes are often either organic or certified chemical free. Also, Gap rocks, as does their upscale brand, Janie and Jack. I think some of these clothes look much better in person, so maybe that why you’re not liking them online.

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      November 22, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      I do know and love all the brands you mention. Also I excluded gap not because I don’t like it (I do) but because it’s an obvious choice. I wanted to hear something I didn’t know about 🙂

      Thanks Nat!

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      Nat
      November 22, 2012 at 10:33 PM

      Duh, meant to say Janie and Jack is Gymboree’s upscale. Silly me.

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        Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
        November 22, 2012 at 11:42 PM

        I like Janie and Jack especially their holiday styles.
        And this is so unlike me but I just checked out old navy and wow they have improved. I haven’t been to their store and online in years because I didn’t like their clothing but SOME of their baby stuff is adorable and women’s clothing got much better. I’m impressed! I Wonder if they changed management between when I hated them and now.

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      Riley
      November 22, 2012 at 11:27 PM

      Janie and Jack is actually Gymboree’s higher-quality brand, not Gap.

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      Jennnifer
      November 26, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      Totally agree about the tacky Zulily stuff! I love Tea Collection and Janie and Jack!

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    Sara
    November 22, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    http://www.nextdirect.com has AMAZING kids (and adult) clothing. I love it!!!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      November 22, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      Oh wow thank you! It looks awesome! I haven’t looked at women’s clothing yet but the kids’ stuff looks great!

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        Sara
        November 24, 2012 at 10:08 AM

        It really is great!
        Also, you can’t beat 2 day FREE shiping and no taxes or duties 🙂
        I find all the clothes wash and wear really well too…great quality.

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    Ellie
    November 23, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    Not what you asked for but at Macy’s the Ralph Lauren Carlisle towels are great. They’re plush and soft and hold up amazingly. They also don’t take forever to dry. I stock up on them whenever they’re on sale. You can get them for $25 on Macys.com right now. Happy shopping!

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    katrina
    November 23, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    H&M doesn’t have online shopping…

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      November 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM

      Yeah I discovered that. I remember last year they said they’d be launching one and never remembered to check it out. I guess they didn’t. Do you have any idea what happened with that?

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        Amanda
        November 24, 2012 at 8:30 PM

        The last thing I heard was that it was being launched in every other country first and the US last so they would have a chance to work out any glitches. It was expected to be up by the holidays but that obviously didnt happen. I wouldn’t think it would be too much longer because you can actually see what they are currently selling online whereas a year or so ago that wasn’t even possible so they are moving, just slowly.

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          Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
          November 24, 2012 at 8:41 PM

          Yeah that’s exactly what fooled me. I saw the photos of their fashions online last time I had gone there, so I figured it was up. Silly me!

          I find it pretty ridiculous though that they are SOOO behind the times.

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          Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
          November 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

          That was fooled me, obviously, not fulled me lol

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    Cathy
    November 24, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    I don’t understand what you have against Baby Gap, Children’s Place, Gymboree, or Janie and Jack. You’ll buy H&M, Express, & F21 clothes for yourself (which are pretty “standard”) but you won’t buy them for your daughter? I think if you ever did set foot in a children’s clothing store, you’d realize they aren’t as awful as you seem to think. The Gap has much cuter baby items than I’ve ever seen on Zulily or MyHabit.

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      k
      November 26, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      she was asking about clothing stores for babies she had never heard of before.

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    Julie C.
    November 24, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Have you ever looked at the Zara website? zara.com They only launched a U.S. site a little over a year ago and I think that they have very fashion forward clothes for babies and kids. I am like you and like to find unique items when I can. I have purchased many of my baby girl’s shoes there (all on sale luckily) and they always get the most compliments.

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      November 25, 2012 at 8:31 AM

      Oh Zara, I completely forgot about it! Thank you!!!! I didn’t know they had baby stuff.

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        Mel
        November 27, 2012 at 2:35 AM

        http://Www.naartjie.com has really cute, well priced, different looking clothing, although it is not organic. Soft knits and adorable dresses 🙂

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    Lindsay
    November 27, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    Surprised they havent been mentioned. Check out MiniBoden and Frugi. Great stuff, and Frugi is Organic!

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