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Smart Shopper’s Guide To Black Friday in Rhode Island

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Yes, there's shopping to be done on Thanksgiving Day in some states, but here in Rhode Island, we're not kicking things off officially until right after midnight on Black Friday. Are you ready to shop? From those late-night runs through big box stores to the brightly lit malls, we've got go-to times and spots, smart strategies, and local retailers with fun Friday deals and steals.


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Late-Night Specials

As soon as the clock strikes midnight, several of Rhode Island's chain retailers will throw open their doors, including K-Mart, Best Buy, Toys R' Us, Kohl's, Dick's Sporting Goods. Look for Macy's to open at 12:30am, along with Old Navy. At 1am, Walmart and Target light up for the hardcore deal stealers.

Look for: 40-inch Toshiba HDTV for just under $180 at Best Buy; Crayola crafts and Lalaloopsy dolls on special discounts at Toys R' Us; diamond stud earrings (normally $600) for $199 at Macy's; Nikon digital camera for just under $100 and classic board games for $7 at Target.

Photo: Beth Rankin/flickr

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Mall Stores Open Early

While RI's malls themselves don't officially open until 6 and 7am, many stores will be open as soon as the clock strikes midnight. At Providence Place, 31 stores will open just after midnight and at 12:30am (as well as Dunkin' Donuts and Taco Bell!), including Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic, Bare Escentuals, LOFT, Macy's and Old Navy.

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Early Morning Finds

If you're a crafter, AC Moore Arts and Crafts in Warwick will open at 5am, along with Babies R' Us, Staples, and Home Depot.

An hour later at 6am, look for Radio Shack, Office Max, Jo-Ann Fabric, and Big Lots.

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The Malls

It's sunrise openings throughout the state for Black Friday. You can get a jump on the day at Providence Place beginning at 6am, hit your hotspots here, and then trek down to Warwick Mall and Garden City for their 7am openings. The Crossing at Smithfield will open at 10am, and the Lincoln Mall's stores will set their own hours for openings.

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Deal Sweeteners

In addition to deep discounts at every major store, don't miss these sweet deals. Nordstrom Rack at the Warwick Mall will give you a $10 gift card for every $100 you spend; also, spot special big green dots in the store and redeem it for a $50 gift card. Also at Warwick mall, be one of the first 50 customers at Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse and win free shoes.

As for Providence Place, jump on their Facebook, here, to enter a Black Friday sweepstakes for a $2,000 mall gift card.

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Indie Specials

While many independent Rhode Island retailers will be rolling out deals and promotions on Small Business Saturday, some locals have posted Black Friday deals as well.

WHARF, the upscale men's retailer in Providence, is posting 40% off on inventory while supplies last.

Luniac Glamour, a full service salon in East Greenwich that also offers jewelry, accessories, and more, is promoting its own Pink Friday specials: stocking stuffers under $30, RI designers jewels and accessories on sale, and a $20 salon credit for spending $100 on shoppe products. For more, go here. 401-886-GLAM.

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Inside Scoop

Many big retailers are offering special deals via email and text, but you've got to sign up early. Bath & Body Works for example, will be tweeting exclusive Black Friday giveaways on Twitter (follow @luvbbw) and texting an exclusive offer to your phone by 3pm on Friday (go here to sign up).

Target REDcard customers can scope out early notice on specials from www.target.com--look for a 4am Friday release of early-bird deals for online shoppers.

Nordstrom Rack will be tweeting local deals, store by store. Go here for more.

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Refreshment Break!

If you're still standing by 2pm, head over to Bottles Fine Wines in Providence for a special Black Friday Narragansett Beer tasting. Sample Narragansett Lager, Light, Cream Ale, and Porter. 141 Pitman Street, Providence, 401-372-2030. Learn more here.

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Offshore Alternative

For something completely different, avoid Black Friday crowds altogether and head over to Block Island for its annual Christmas Stroll, an island-wide celebration of shopping with drastic discounts at all your favorite shops in a beautiful, peaceful location. Restaurant and accommodation specials are also available. For more information call 1-800-383-2474, or go to www.blockislandinfo.com.

Photo: Block Island Chamber of Commerce


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