The holiday shopping season kicks off in a big way with Black Friday, when retailers officially unveil their bargains. Some aren't even waiting until the Thanksgiving leftovers are cold.
Here are Black Friday (or Thursday) hours for area shopping centers and stores:
Mercer Island Thrift Shop: Open at 8 a.m. Friday. Everything is 25 percent off Friday and Saturday.
Bellevue Square: Open at 6 a.m. Friday, although Macy's opens at midnight. JC Penney opens at 6 a.m., and Nordstrom opens at 8 a.m. Here's a look at hours and deals.
Sears: (Seattle at 76 S. Lander St., or Redmond) Open at 8 p.m. Thursday. Here are the Black Friday deals.
Walmart (Kelsey Creek and Factoria mall, in Bellevue): Open at 8 p.m. Thursday. Here are the early deals.
What are your “must-shop” Black Friday destinations in the Redmond area? What are some of the best deals you’ve come across so far? Share your preferences and savings finds in the comments section below. If you’re a retailer, we want to hear from you, too!