Thanksgiving weekend marks the official kick-off to the holiday shopping season, with most stores offering major sales and Black Friday deals to lure in shoppers. The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday to retailers because it puts them "in the black" profit-wise; it's the single busiest shopping day of the year in terms of traffic.
Serious shoppers know they can score major deals on Thanksgiving weekend. But it takes some savvy to find the best deals and fight the crowds. Desperate shoppers have been known to camp out overnight to be first in line for major deals on hot items (now that's dedication!). To help with your own shopping strategy in Manhattan, we've put together this handy mini-guide to Thanksgiving sales and Black Friday deals right here in the city.
01 of 07
Barneys New York
In past years, deals as high as 40% have been spotted on and around Black Friday at this upscale designer store, with two locations in Manhattan.
Lenox Hill: 660 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065
Upper West Side: 2151 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
02 of 07
Black Fridays at Bergdorf have included free morning snacks, beauty events, shoe department giveaways, 20% discounts on ready-to-wear collections and substantial gift-with-purchase offers.
754 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10019
03 of 07
Bloomingdales falls between Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy's on the luxury scale, and offers store-wide savings vis the "Big Brown Bag Sale" on the day after Thanksgiving. Sales have included up to 50% off or take $25 off every $250 spent.
Lenox Hill: 1000 Third Ave, New York, NY 10022
SoHo: 504 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
04 of 07
Century 21 offers deals every day, and on Black Friday, they're more like steals. Expect rock bottom prices on designer good like jeans and jackets... and a crowd, no matter when you go.
Financial District: 22 Cortlandt St, New York, NY 10007
Upper West Side: 1972 Broadway, New York, NY 10023Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Doors open on Thanksgiving for JCPenney's Black Friday sales, which include deep discounts on everything from women's boots (spotted in the past for $19.99) to crock pots (seen at as low as $7.99). Arriving early is essential.
Herald Square: Manhattan Mall, 100 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001
06 of 07
Macy's recently underwent a $400 million renovation, which makes it a desirable destination, even though it's constantly plagued with crowds. Hundreds of Black Friday deals will be apparent on each of the store's 10 floors, starting when the store opens on Thanksgiving Day.
Herald Square: 151 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001
07 of 07
The upscale Saks Fifth Ave offers a sprinkling of sales and savings across the store, often starting even a couple of days before Black Friday.
Midtown: 611 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022