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Here are some of the top Black Friday deals

By ALLISON MILES
Nov. 26, 2013 at 5:26 a.m.
Updated Nov. 27, 2013 at 5:27 a.m.


HOURS FOR THE EARLY BIRDS

Crossroads stores that will open early for Black Friday deals include:

• Academy Sports + Outdoors: 5 a.m. Friday

• Aeropostale: Midnight Thursday

• American Eagle: 8 p.m. Thursday

• Arts, Etc.: 8 a.m. Friday

• Bath and Body Works: 8 p.m. Thursday

• Bealls: 6 p.m. Thursday

• Bed Bath and Beyond: 6 a.m. Friday

• Best Buy: 6 p.m. Thursday

• Big Lots: 6 a.m. Friday

• Body Central: 11 p.m. Thursday

• Buckle: 8 p.m. Thursday

• Cato Fashions: 7 a.m. Friday

• Champs: 8 p.m. Thursday

• The Children's Place: 7 p.m. Thursday

• Claire's: 8 a.m. Friday

• Crazy 8: Midnight Thursday

• Dillard's: 8 a.m. Friday

• Finish Line: 8 p.m. Thursday

• Footlocker: 8 a.m. Friday

• GameStop: Midnight Thursday

• Gordon's Jewelers: 8 a.m. Friday

• H-E-B Plus!: 6 a.m. Friday

• Hibbett Sporting Goods: 8 a.m. Friday

• J.C. Penney Co.: 8 p.m. Thursday

• Journeys: 8 p.m. Thursday

• Justice: Midnight Thursday

• Kohl's: 8 p.m. Thursday

• Lowe's: 5 a.m. Friday

• Maurices: 8 p.m.-midnight Thursday, reopens at 8 a.m. Friday

• Melrose Family Fashions: Midnight Thursday

• Office Depot, 7708 N.E. Zac Lentz Parkway location: 8 p.m. Thursday

• Payless ShoeSource Victoria Mall location: 8 a.m. Friday

• Perfumania: Midnight Thursday

• Petsmart: 7 a.m. Friday

• Pier One: 8 a.m. Friday

• RadioShack, 8902 N. Navarro St. location: 8 a.m. Friday

• Regal Jewelers: 8 a.m. Friday

• Ross Dress For Less: 5 a.m. Friday

• Rue 21: 8 p.m. Thursday

• Sears: 8 p.m. Thursday

• T.J. Maxx: 7 a.m. Friday

• Target: 8 p.m. Thursday

• Things Remembered: 8 a.m. Friday

• Tractor Supply Co.: 6 a.m. Friday

• Trudy's Hallmark: 8 a.m. Friday

• Victoria's Secret: Midnight Thursday

• Wal-Mart: Sales events at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday

Share your shopping trip

For Crossroads Black Friday shoppers with Twitter accounts, use the hashtag #VTXshop throughout your shopping experience.

Some tweets and photos will make it into an upcoming edition of the Advocate, and the best photo - as determined by the editorial department - wins a prize.

The deadline to enter is noon Friday.

For more information, call the newsroom at 361-574-1222.

Online assistance

A number of websites are available for Black Friday shoppers looking to determine a plan of attack once the shopping holiday rolls around. Those include:

bfads.net

blackfriday.com

theblackfriday.com

White meat or dark? Stuffing or dressing? Kids' table or a seat with the grown-ups?

Thanksgiving might come with its share of decisions, but the choices don't end once the meal does. One post-turkey tradition - Black Friday shopping - brings its own slew of decisions to the mix.

The National Retail Federation, in a news release, estimates as many as 140 million people will hit the stores between Thursday and Sunday, grabbing up gifts for the holiday season. And that means big-name retailers offering up deals to draw in the people.

Here is a look at some of the buys national chains are advertising for the big day.

Best Buy:

65-inch Samsung Smart 3-D LED TV

$1,997.99

Save $502

Target:

Xbox 360 Kinect bundle

Includes 4 GB Xbox 360, Kinect sensor, two games, wireless controller and one month membership to Xbox Live Gold

$189.99

Save $110

Wal-Mart:

iPad mini, 16 GB with Wi-Fi

Comes with a $100 Wal-Mart gift card

$299

Save $30

Lowe's:

DeWalt four-tool, 18-volt cordless combo kit

Includes two batteries and a charger

$199

Save $150

J.C. Penney Co.:

13-piece Cooks nonstick, hand-anodized cookware

$79.99 after mail-in rebate

Save $145.01

Kohl's:

1 1/2-carat diamond earrings in white gold

$1,599.99

Save $3,400.01

Office Depot:

HP Pavilion TouchSmart laptop

Comes with AMD A10 quad-core processor, 8 GB memory and 1 TB hard drive

$499

Save $300

Sources: Best Buy website, BlackFriday.com, J.C. Penney website, Office Depot website, TheBlackFriday.com and Wal-Mart website

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