Here are some of the top Black Friday deals

  • 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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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