Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Black Friday shopping my way & a shooting November 25, 2011

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Amber's $10 vintage coat.

SO, DEAR READERS, did you shop today, on Black Friday?

I hadn’t intended to, but then my oldest daughter ran downtown to the bank and I decided to tag along. We, along with my other daughter, perused merchandise at The Clothes Closet, a used clothing store operated by the Faribault Senior Center.

Amber, the oldest, walked out with what she termed a “vintage” jacket. Price: $10. You can judge whether this qualifies as “vintage.” She’s happy, even though her brother claims she looks like Santa in the coat. (Brothers!)

As a bonus, the clerk threw in a free pair of $2 earrings on a “buy one, get one half price” special.

After lunch, during which my husband called from work in Northfield to tell me about a shooting last night near the Target store, Amber left to return to her Minneapolis home and Miranda and I headed to the Salvation Army Store. (Click here to read about the Target area shooting, which began with an armed robbery and reported shooting in Faribault.)

Yes, I realize that now you could care less about any purchases I made and you would rather hear details of that shooting. But, alas, I have nothing more to tell you about the crime or the waiting-in-line Target shoppers who heard the gun shots and saw the cop cars and helicopter.

At the Salvation Army Store in Faribault, signs of an earlier crime remained in a boarded up front window. Several weeks ago a man allegedly drove into the building then fled the scene. Why is it taking so long to replace that window?

All this crime aside—and honestly, we typically do not have shootings in Rice County or cars driving into buildings—the second daughter and I spent $9.21 at the Salvation Army. Miranda got a shirt and a dress. I got two vintage trays and an original painting.

No crowds. No rush. No shootings. No worries. Just bargains with the money going to a good cause to boot.

HOW WAS YOUR Black Friday? What did you do? If you went shopping, tell me about your experiences and deals.

A $4 dress and a $2 shirt from the Salvation Army.

I purchased two vintage trays for $1.

© Copyright 2011 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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5 Responses to “Black Friday shopping my way & a shooting”

  1. ceciliag Says:

    I had a green friday darling, stayed back on the farmy and worked in the barn.. i honestly do not need anything that badly! thank goodness! I love the jacket though! c

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      My daughter will be pleased to hear that you like her jacket. Working on the farm sounds like a wonderful way to spend Black Friday.

  2. Amy Says:

    Well, we went Black Friday shopping. We looked at the ads Thursday night and decided there was nothing worth hundreds of people at 12 midnight when the stores all opened. So, we got up at 4am and went to Target and another mall. All of the “crazies” had finished shopping and gone home by the time we got there. We got everything we were looking for and the mall wasn’t any busier than Christmas shopping at the Burnsville mall on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. We got some wonderful deals, but nothing spectacular. We were home by 9am, made breakfast for the boys and went back out about 1pm for some more Christmas presents with Dad’s opinion. But because we didn’t get enough on Friday, we went out again today (Saturday) to Kohls and Old Navy and spent lots of time freely shopping! We had a great time and it was wonderful to shop with my mom and sister. My Christmas shopping is done! 🙂

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Wow, all of your Christmas shopping done? Sounds like you approached the whole Black Friday thing with the right plan and attitude. Yet, 4 a.m. would be too early for me to shop. Any time. Sounds you mostly enjoyed your time with family, as you should.

      • Amy Says:

        I had 90% of my shopping done before Black Friday and only purchased a couple of Christmas gifts. It was mostly things I had been waiting to get on the sales. I think my mom still has a little bit of shopping left to do, but we knocked a bunch of hers out too!


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