Shared by Tammy Compton

Who in their right mind gets up at 3 a.m. to go shopping?!?

You know who you are :)

I took an office poll in Woodloch‘s Reservation Department only to find that I work with some determined strategists. Of course, there were those who swore they’d never repeat the Black Friday experience, while others seemed to not only thrive on it, but actually embrace it.

Woodloch’s Special Events & Lodging Coordinator Karen Worzel says it’s best to have a list and bring your coupons. Oh, and don’t forget extra bags and perhaps a baby carriage. “You need someplace to put your stuff. They’ll be out of bags and carts,” she says.

“Never dress too warm because the stores are always hot,” she tacks on. “And take bottled water and snacks because lines are long.

“I don’t know if I’m an expert, but I go out every year. I’ve perfected my madness,” she says with a glint in her eyes.

She’s not kidding. They gather around the Thanksgiving table following dinner and the war strategy begins.

“All of my aunts and cousins all sit at the dining room table after its cleaned from dinner and we go through all of the circulars and ads,” she says.

Look for her pulling into the store parking lot around 4 a.m. and not returning home until around 2 p.m.

“We’re pretty much successful, each and every year,” she says. It’s a fun family tradition.

Reservationist Sara Hoey smilingly shakes her head remembering a friend who spent four long hours on line for a Black Friday door buster – a discounted iPod. But the friend was thrilled to claim her prize and save $50 bucks in the bargain.

“I went Black Friday shopping once. I don’t even remember what it was for. I wore reindeer antlers and I got on the news. They had pictures of me coming through the doors,” Sara says. She remembers other shoppers making shooting noises at her choice of head gear.

Front desk and reservation employee Sam Postrion says she hasn’t been Black Friday shopping in over a decade. Just watching the mahem on TV is enough. Many moons ago, she accompanied her sister-in-law to help find some much sought after Cabbage Patch Kids; but found that limited supply can sometimes bring out the worst in people. “That was the worst because those women were out for blood.”

Unfortunately, there are those who push and shove to get the upper hand. And that’s sincerely sad. But Black Friday can also be inspiring.

This year, Woodloch Pines is donating a portion of its Black Friday bookings to aid Hurricane Sandy victims and ongoing relief efforts.

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The Woodloch Family will be donating a portion of all of the proceeds from this Black Friday special to the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army,” said John Kiesendahl (resort owner).

One Woodloch caller – exclaiming how wonderful it is that Woodloch throws its annual Black Friday booking sale on select vacation dates – commented how much easier it is to take advantage of Woodloch’s Black Friday Sale from the comfort of your own office or living room.

However, that same caller did say when it comes to shopping Black Friday, it’s no holds barred. It’s a tailgate party, complete with a cooler full of turkey sandwiches and girlish giggles as she and her sisters head out for some “crack of dawn” bargains.

It’s with a laugh that she admits that they usually end up buying things that could be bought “at a normal hour.” But then again, it’s still a blast.