Though Black Friday is notoriously the most intense day of shopping of the year, Patch wants to know what it was like for you: Did you brave the cold, sleepiness and the crowds?
"It isn't for everyone," said Cathy Sims, 39, of Pleasant Hill, while on a quick caffeine break at the Sunvalley Shopping Center Starbucks store at 4 a.m., "but it's perfect to come out and get Christmas presents for everyone and save some money."
Sims said she considered shopping at the Pleasant Hill Target store near Diablo Valley College but was discouraged when she saw the packed parking lot sometime around 11 p.m. Wednesday night. She chose instead to head over to Concord's Willows Shopping Center, where she made it to the midnight opening of Old Navy and then back to Sunvalley Mall.
"I was tempted by Target, but I'm not crazy enough for that stress," said Sims. "I'm happy with the deals I got."
David Martinez, a 19-year-old Concord resident, can't relate.
"I don't know why people get so excited about this," he said at 4:30 a.m. while resting on a bench at the same mall. "The prices aren't even that good."
Martinez added, "Girls always get better deals on clothing" and guys do well "if they stand in line for days at Best Buy, Fry's or one of those."
How about you? Did you stand in lines, camp out or just stay home enjoying the coziness of your pillows the warmth of your home?
Tell us what Black Friday has been like for you.