The History of Black Friday

For years now, the day after Thanksgiving has been known as Black Friday. We now know it as the busiest shopping day of the year, but have you ever thought about the real history of Black Friday? How did it get started and where did the term originate? Today, that is what we are going to dive into and hopefully leave you a little more knowledgeable than you were before reading this post.

The Origins of Black Friday

Ever wonder where the term”Black Friday” came from? Well, initially people would use the adjective “black” in association with negative events and tragedy. Many days have been dubbed “Black Friday” in the past. The most notable is the Panic of 1896, which you can learn all about here.

It wasn’t until around 1951 that the first recorded use of the term “Black Friday” was used in association with the day after Thanksgiving. Employers coined the term because there was a large influx of employees calling out of work that day.

It also started to be used by police in Philadelphia around the same time period due to the massive amounts of traffic and congestion caused by the Holiday crowds.

Another significant reason for the name Black Friday for the day after Thanksgiving has its origins in accounting terminology. The word “Black” in this instance has a positive financial meaning of ‘being in the black’ or profitable. The use of the word ‘black’ comes from the old bookkeeping practice of writing profits in black ink and losses in red ink. This becomes significant when you realize that most businesses depend on the day after Thanksgiving to put them in the black (or profitable) for the year.

Busiest Shopping Day of The Year

The idea of Black Friday being the busiest shopping day of the year, seems to have come about in a November 29, 1975 edition of the New York Times., where an article refers to the day as the “busiest shopping and traffic day of the year” specifically for Philadelphia.

After this initial mention, the idea became much more widespread, but still by 1985 it was reported that many retailers in major cities such as Los Angeles and Cincinnati were still unaware of the term.

The early 80’s is when many major retailers began making use of “Black Friday” as a marketing ploy, but even then some retailers were not sure how they felt about this term. It was not until the early 2000’s that the day became nationally recognized.

Black Friday Controversies

As with most holidays and days of note, Black Friday does not come without its fair share of controversy. There have been numerous instances, events, scandals, and plain false theories that tend to circulate every year.

Chaos and Violence

Of course, everyone has seen the videos of people pushing and shoving to get the last product on a shelf. People getting trampled and even arrested while Black Friday shopping. One would think that these instances of chaos and even violence would deter would be deal shoppers, but it doesn’t seem to have slowed down those who are out for a killer deal. People continue to camp out outside of businesses and line up waiting for hours , with no end in sight.

False Origins

So there is a “fact” that floats around every year about the “origins of Black Friday”. It gets said that the name comes from the Pre-Civil war American South when slaves would be sold on the day after Thanksgiving. This is completely false and has been debunked.

Black Thursday

Probably the biggest modern controversy surrounding Black Friday is actually the spilling over into Thanksgiving itself. Sales are starting earlier and earlier, and now it seems people are leaving their family dinners early in order to head to the mall when it opens. Many people are rather angry about this, and think Black Friday should remain a Friday only deal and stores should stop creeping into the Thanksgiving Holiday itself.

If you are looking for a Black Friday deal on a trailer, trailer parts, or service, then M&G Trailer Sales has you covered. Contact us today with any questions and concerns and be on the look out for the best Trailer deals in the area!

Celebrating Thanksgiving The Minnesota Way!

With October at a close it is time to celebrate that most festive of Holidays….no, not Christmas… Here in Minnesota we take Thanksgiving very seriously, so no skipping from Halloween to Christmas up here. From the turkey to the football and the festive weekend activities, it is time you see how we celebrate Thanksgiving, the Minnesota Way!

It Is A Family Affair

Minnesota natives love any excuse to get together with family and friends. Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to eat good food and spend time with good company. Dinner starts cooking the day before and football plays on the television while families gather and reminisce about seasons past.

Once dinner has been eaten, it is time to throw a football around the back yard, eat some pumpkin pie, and enjoy a warm drink on a cool day. No early black Friday shopping here, Thanksgiving encompasses the entire day and no sale can pull someone here away from family time.

Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Getaway

Maybe cooking isn’t your thing, but you still want to spend Thanksgiving enjoying a lovely time with your family. You can share an unforgettable Thanksgiving in the Northwoods at the Gunflint Lodge. Rent a cabin and spend the day in the woods looking for Moose and Deer, play board games in front of the fire, and eat your fill at the Thanksgiving Buffet.

Spend Some Time Volunteering

If you want to spread some love on Thanksgiving in Minnesota, then you may want to check out some of the many volunteer opportunities available. Open Arms of Minnesota has put together a wonderfully detailed list of all of the places you can volunteer this Holiday season.

These opportunities aren’t just available on Thanksgiving. There are so many organizations in need of helps throughout the entire Holiday season.  So get out there and help if you can, it is the Minnesota way!

No matter what you plan to do in Minnesota for the Thanksgiving, know that M&G Trailer has all of your towing and hauling needs covered!

Snowmobile Maintenance Tips Before Hitting The Powder

Snowmobile Maintenance Tips Before Hitting The Powder

With the winter chill starting to set in, it is no surprise that so many are ready to get out and hit the powder. Before getting out there though, it is pertinent that you ensure your Snowmobile is ready and safe. These Snowmobile maintenance tips will help you make sure everything is ready to go before you hit the fresh powder.

Service Your Chains

The chains on your snowmobile should be properly lubed and adjusted to manufacturers specifications prior to heading out for a day of fun. If you have left your winter toy sit in storage for the warmer months, it is time to make sure everything is copacetic. Your parts should be bathed in oil to keep everything in cool working order. Annually, you will need to drain and change this oil. This will keep your snowmobile in tip top condition year after year.

How is Your clutch?

Your clutch is a pretty important piece of your snowmobile. It is what gets power to the ground to make your vehicle get going! To make sure your clutch hooks up correctly, it is important that you properly maintain it. One thing you can do it take a scrubby pad and scour the sheaves to make sure any glaze is removed. Work from the center out, and once you are don, reinstall your belt and set the tension according to your manufacturer’s settings.

Check Your Bolts

No one wants loose bolts on their snowmobile. So after being in storage for the Summer, you will want to go over your sled with a wrench and make sure everything is tightened properly and ready to come out for the winter.

Replace Carbides

The last think you want is to be riding through the woods on thin carbides and cause a wreck. These are super easy to replace and can be picked up at any part’s store. Seriously, go grab some, replace them and save yourself some potential medical bills.

Inspect Your Exhaust

Last but not least, you want to inspect your exhaust. This area of your sled is prone to issues, so it is important to make sure everything is clean and not covered with an oily sticky mess. Usually, if you see a sticky mess there is something loose. Making sure everything is maintained will save you a lot of headaches later on.

So if you are excited to hit the fresh powder this winter, go ahead and give your sled a good once over to make sure you don’t run into any issues when you are out in top of a mountain!

Don’t forget to head over and check out M&G Trailer Sales for all of your Snowmobile Hauling needs this Winter Season.

Upgrades For Your Snowmobile Trailer That Will Make The Winter Months So Much Easier

Winter is coming and that means it is time to load up the snowmobile and hit the fresh powder. As much fun as winter can be, it can also be a hassle sometimes when it comes to maintaining your snowmobile trailer. You can avoid the hassle though and get right onto the fun with these upgrades for your snowmobile trailer.

Snow Trailer Salt Shields

In order to protect your trailer and precious cargo, a salt shield is almost a necessity when you live in a state where it snows. Everyone knows that salt can be damaging to your vehicles, and a salt shield is there to help prevent this damage from taking place.

Tie Down Bars

When the temperature drops, it can become difficult to traditionally tie down your snowmobile onto your trailer.  If the deck gets icy, it can make it almost impossible to find your tie down locations. Snow tie down upgrades are the perfect upgrade that can make it super simple to tie down your snowmobile even in the most frigid temperatures.

Snowmobile Loading Ramps

If you want to make loading and unloading your snowmobile a breeze, then these snowmobile loading ramps are perfect for you. Don’t waste time fussing over time consuming loading and unloading. Hit the powder in record time with easy to install loading ramps. 

Track Mats

Track Mats and Ski Guides are the perfect accessory to protect your trailer floor. The way snowmobile tracks are set up, they can easily damage your trailer floor by gouging and scratching with their studded tracks. In order to prevent this damage and maintain not only your trailer but also your snowmobile tracks, these mats are the upgrade you need this winter.

So before you hit the powder this winter, make sure your snowmobile trailer is up to snuff. If you need help selecting the best upgrades for you, contact the experts here at M&G Trailer sales to find what would work best for your unique needs.

Cargo Trailer Upgrades At M&G Trailer Sales

Cargo Trailer Upgrades At M&G Trailer Sales

Could your Cargo Trailer use a little TLC? Maybe you have been wanting to do some additions, make some changes, or find some fantastic modifications that will take your trailer to the next level. No matter your desire, M&G Trailer Sales has the Cargo Trailer Upgrades for you.

Exterior Upgrades

Cargo Trailer Upgrades

If you are wanting some exterior upgrades, consider adding in some Ladder Racks to your Cargo Trailer. This one upgrade will add significantly to the storage capacity of your trailer. With room for ladders on the outside, you save a ton of all important space on the inside!

Extended Loading Ramps

Cargo Trailer Upgrades

Another useful Cargo Trailer upgrade that adds quite a bit of function is an extended loading ramp. By extending the length of the loading ramp, you decrease the angle of the ramp making it easier for loading certain things on your trailer. One example would be loading vehicles with low ground clearance. The longer ramp decreases the chance of damaging bumpers and valances.

Fuel Fill Doors

Do you haul snowmobiles and ATVs often? Yes, well then you know how inconvenient it can be to try to fill them with gas while in a Cargo Trailer. With Fuel Fill Doors though, this is made so much easier! You can fill up right at the pump now and not worry about gas cans.

Looking For More Cargo Trailer Upgrades?

M&G Trailer Sales offers these and many other trailer upgrade services. Take a look around and find the perfect upgrade to make your life easier. We do it all, from getting you the product to installation.

For more information or an estimate, you can contact us here or give us a call at 763-316-4006.

Fun Things To Do On Halloween In Minnesota

Fun Things To Do On Halloween In Minnesota

Goblins, Ghouls, and Witches! Oh My! The smell of pumpkin spice, the crisp in the air and the crunch of the leaves underfoot can only mean one thing…Fall is here, and with Fall comes the first holiday of the season, Halloween! With Halloween falling on a weekday this year though, it can be hard to get out and do traditional trick or treating, but don’t fret. There are so many amazing fun things to do on Halloween in Minnesota that you won’t know which place to go to first!

Anoka Halloween Celebration

Anoka Halloween Celebration
Photo Credit: Minnesota Haunted Houses

The city of Anoka is known as the Halloween Capital of the World, so you know there is going to be some epic celebrations here.  The Halloween Celebration lasts from October 6th – October 27th and you will find races, parades, pumpkin carving, house decorating contests, a medallion hunt and so much more!

Halloween Fearless 5K

Halloween Fearless 5K
Photo Source: Charities Challenge

If you happen to be a runner, then this is the perfect Halloween event for you. The 10th Annual Halloween Fearless 5K is a fun event for all. Join in and run (or walk) in the costume of your choice then finish up at the Claddaugh Irish Pub to relax and make new friends.

Big Woods Halloween

Big Woods Halloween
Photo Credit: Minneapolis Northwest

If you are looking for some family-friendly Halloween fun, then check out the Eastman Nature Center in the Elm Creek Park Reserve on October 27th for a spook-tacular time! There will be games and a pumpkin scavenger hunt as well as some fun with animal friends. The kids will love seeing animals in costumes and getting a chance to meet a real live snake!

Halloween Skate at the Burnsville Ice Center

Halloween Skate at the Burnsville Ice Center
Photo Source: Burnsville Ice Center

If you want to get down with some free ice skating while trick or treating on ice, then this is the event for you! On October 26th, you can get free skating, discounted skate rental, win door prizes, collect candy, and even get some free private lessons at the Burnsville Ice Center.

These events are only the tip of the iceberg. There are so many amazing things to do in Minnesota during the month of October. Halloween really takes on a life of its own and encompasses the entire month. So if you are looking for some spooky fun then come on over to Minnesota and see what we have in store for you.

How To Secure Your Trailer To Protect Your Property

Chances are, if you own a trailer you haul important cargo. Whether you are hauling heavy equipment on a flatbed trailer or a lawnmower on your utility trailer…Maybe you transport your horses or want to take your snowmobile out for a weekend trip… No matter what you haul, your cargo is important to you and that is why we want to ensure you have the ability to protect your property and prevent potential theft.

Locking When Unhitched

Especially if you are making long haul trips, there will probably come a time when you need to unhitch your trailer from your vehicle. An unhitched trailer is at risk of being stolen, but there is a way you can prevent trailer theft and set your mind at ease during these times. Simple locks, such as this Trimax Coupler Lock, are designed to be used when the trailer is unhitched and will prevent neerdowells from hooking up your trailer to their vehicle and driving away into the night.

Get A Custom Paint Job

So this may sound a bit silly, but having your trailer painted with a custom paint job makes it less likely to be stolen. Think about it this way, someone steals a generic looking snowmobile trailer, it is not likely to be found quickly since it blends in with the hundreds of other snowmobile trailers in the area. However, if someone tries to steal a custom painted snowmobile trailer, it is going to stick out like a sore thumb and is much more likely to be found quickly. Most thieves will shy away from stealing a custom trailer for this very reason.

Lock Your Spare Tire

Many trailers have a spare tire on them. While these are amazing to have in case of an emergency, they are also susceptible to theft.  You can easily prevent spare tire theft off of your trailer by purchasing a Spare Tire Nut Locker. This will keep any hooligans from easily taking your tire right off of your trailer.

Invest in an Alarm

In order to better protect your enclosed trailer, you can invest in an alarm system that you can easily arm when you are away. That way if anyone tries to open your door without the key, you will be made aware of the situation.  Trailer alarms tend to make an ear piercingly high pitched noise that will deter any thief! Alarms are one of the best things you can invest in that can help prevent trailer theft.

GPS Tracking Devices

Did you know you can install GSP tracking on pretty much any trailer? While this may not technically prevent trailer theft, it will make it much more likely that you will locate your trailer in the event that it is stolen. We microchip our pets, why not do the same to your trailer and protect your highly important investment!

Insure Your Trailer

Again, this isn’t a preventative but in the event that you do end up with a stolen trailer, you will be happy you took this step. A trailer is an investment. It is an integral part of your business, so it should be properly insured in case of any emergency.  You wouldn’t drive a car without insurance…so you shouldn’t have a trailer without it either!

So if you are ready to get serious about protecting your assets, let M&G help you come up with the solutions you need! At M&G Trailers, we carry a wide variety of security options, including tongue and coupler locks, door locks, wheel locks and so much more! If you don’t see the specific security product you want, don’t fret, we will do everything in our power to get that product in just for you!

How To Get The Best Value On Your Trade

Looking to upgrade your current trailer to something a little newer? Maybe you need something larger for your growing business or smaller because you want to decrease your haul load. No matter what your reason, chances are you are going to be trading in your old one and, of course, you are going to want top dollar for your trade. We want to help you get the most value out of your trade by sharing a few secrets to getting the best trade in value on your used trailer!

Proper Maintenance

This is probably going to be a no-brainer, but if you maintain your trailer for the life of your ownership, it will help when it comes to holding value. Get it serviced when needed, make sure you keep up with tire rotations and replacements, have your brakes serviced, etc…  Proper trailer upkeep will ensure that your trade in value is as high as it can be when it comes time to get rid of it.

Fix Body Damage

If you have dings or dents, you should probably get them fixed before taking your trailer to trade. Ensuring the body is presentable and well taken care of will help increase the value of your trade in. Now you don’t need to go out and get a whole new paint job just to trade in your trailer, but if you maintain the body and paint over the years then it should still look nice when you decide to trade it in.

No Rust

Got rust? You’ve got a problem! One of the main things any dealer will look for is if your trailer has rust. Having rust can kill the value of your trade, so before you go, make sure any rust issues have been taken care of.

Clean It Up

Want to make sure you get the most for your trade? Then clean her up! A sparkling like-new trailer will fetch more than one coming in looking worn and used. Basically the dealer wants something that has been maintained, taken care of, and looks beautiful enough to resell for a profit.

Talk To An Expert

If you really aren’t sure what your trailer is worth and want to talk to an expert before settling on a trade, M&G Trailer Sales can help you out! Their staff is extremely knowledgeable and ready to help you with all of your trailer needs. Whether you need trade in advice, service, parts, or want to buy something new, the experts at M&G have you covered!

Top Things To Do This Fall In Minnesota

Fall in Minnesota

Ah Fall, that wonderful time of the year when the air starts to crisp, the leaves begin to change and the aroma of pumpkin and apple seems to fill the air everywhere you go. There is something so magical about Fall and all its beauty. In Minnesota, Fall is everywhere! There is something to do every day of the week and each and every weekend. Up in our neck of the woods, we celebrate Fall with time honored traditions, apple picking, Harvest Festivals, and so much more.

Pumpkin Patch Pickin’

Minnesota boasts a whole heap of pumpkin patches during the Fall. So no matter if you want to make spooky Jack-o-lanterns, bake some pumpkin seeds, or check out some of the many activities that pumpkin patches have to offer (corn mazes, rides, petting zoos and more!) , there is a patch for you.  Every year, Minnesota Grown puts out a directory of about 140 patches from across the state.

Get Stomping

Minnesota is home to a number of beautiful vineyards and wineries. The Saint Croix Vineyard is host to the Grape Stomp Festival every Fall, featuring live music, grape-stomping contests, and tours of the grounds. So if you are a connoisseur of good wine, check out Saint Croix, or one of the other stunning vineyards this Fall.

Get Crafty

Maybe wine isn’t your beverage of choice, and that’s okay. Did you know Minnesota is home to roughly 112 different local breweries? Fall is the perfect time to check them out too because most will do special Oktoberfest brews along with a plethora of seasonal offerings. You can check out this Land of 10,000 Drinks map to plan your Minnesota Fall “brewcation” today.

Jam Out

The music scene is alive and well in Minnesota, and during the Fall months, the festivals are in full swing! No matter what your musical taste, they have a festival for you. The Prairie Burn Music Festival is a kid and family-friendly festival which benefits the local YMCA Greater Twin Cities Camps. Here you will hear folk and bluegrass while making s’mores and joining in on hayrides.

Get Your Camp On

Photo of Jay Cooke State Park, Minnesota.

Minnesota in the Fall is simply beautiful. The colors and smells are things dreams are made of, and it is wonderful to spend as much time outside this time of the year as possible. With a massive number of parks and outdoor areas to camp, you would be crazy to pass up on a trip! Jay Cooke State Park is a favorite, and boasts some really wonderful cabins so you don’t have to tent camp!

Join The Harvest

Pumpkins, Corn Mazes, and Scare Crows oh my! Fall in Minnesota is incomplete without going to at least one of the many harvest festivals around the state. One of the largest is the SeptOberfest in Wabasha, which runs from September through October and features a wide array of events including a pumpkin derby, German heritage, topiaries, and more!

If that wasn’t enough, you can check out this entire list of Fall Activities and Festivals in the Minneapolis area. With everything from Halloween events for kids and adult-only Haunted Houses, they truly have something for everyone.

No matter what you plan to do in Minnesota for the Fall, know that M&G Trailer has all of your towing and hauling needs covered!

Looking for Parts and Equipment? Let M&G Help You!

M&G Trailer Sales, Parts and Equiptment

M&G Trailers is the premier trailer sales and service business in Minnesota. If you are looking to purchase a new Utility Trailer, Car Hauler, Cargo Trailer, Snowmobile Trailer or ATV Trailer, M&G is ready with a knowledgeable and friendly sales staff to find you the trailer of your dreams. Did you know that M&G Trailer Sales also carries all of the parts and equipment you may need to maintain your new trailer though? That’s right, it isn’t just the place to buy your trailer, it is also your number one choice for parts and equipment.

Parts and Equipment at M&G Trailer

At M&G Trailer, you can choose from the widest variety of parts and equipment for your trailer. No matter if you are repairing your Cargo Trailer, upgrading your Snowmobile Hauler, or doing customization to your Utility Trailer, there will be something here to fit your needs.

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