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!

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.

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 Celebrate Labor Day Weekend In Minnesota

How To Celebrate Labor Day Weekend In Minnesota

Summer is quickly coming to an end, and before long we will be seeing shades of red and orange and hearing the cracking of leaves falling beneath our feet. With Summer fading out into Fall, Labor Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to celebrate that last taste of Summer.  In Minnesota, there is no shortage of Labor Day activities either. Here you can enjoy time with your family, soaking up the last moment of Summer together.

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Choosing The Right Car Hauler

Cadillac on a flatbed with grill and towed by yellow truck

A car trailer is a wonderful tool for hauling vehicles. No matter if you are working on a weekend project, hauling a classic to shows, or running the racing circuit, there is a perfect car hauler out there for your needs. These versatile trailers come in a range of capabilities depending on what you need and how many cars you want to haul at once. While having a range of options is a benefit, it can also make things harder at times. That is why M&G Trailer Sales wants to help you by answering some of the frequently asked questions we get when it comes to purchasing the right car trailer.

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Let M&G Help You Customize Your Trailer

So you’ve purchased your new trailer and are ready to make it work for your business. To truly go above and beyond and outshine the competition, you need to let M&G help you customize your trailer. No matter what your business, there are aspects of your trailer that can be tailored towards improving and growing your business. From adding height, awnings, installing shelving or any number of other custom additions, M&G can help make your trailer dreams come true.

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Choosing The Right ATV Trailer

There’s no time like summer to get out and tear up the trails on your ATV. Taking to the dirt roads, or bogging in the mud, there are memories to be made that will last a lifetime. For most quad enthusiasts, having a trailer to haul your toys is a crucial ingredient. No matter if you are looking for your first Quad trailer or want to upgrade to a larger model to fit your new needs, we here at M&G Trailer Sales have you covered.  We will help you answer the important questions and show you what features you want in an ATV trailer.

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Great Places To Go ATVing In Minnesota

Minnesota is celebrated as the land of 10,000 lakes, but adventure enthusiasts know it’s home to more than 1,000 miles of ATV trails, appealing to everyone from sight-seers to daredevils.

Whether you load up your trailer for the day, a long weekend, or a week of muddy, noisy adventure, Minnesota has a trail destination perfect for you. You will find most of Minnesota’s ATV trails in the northern part of the state, with a few worth a visit in the central visit.

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Prepping Your Trailer For Summer Use

The dog days of summer are here. Make sure your trailer is ready.

The “dog days of summer” bring all kinds of sticky challenges to hauling and using your utility trailer. Beat the heat and keep you and your trailer on the road with some careful preparation and handy tips. If your work trailer is enclosed, consider taking some safety measures to stay cool and safe and don’t over look the hazards of hauling an open trailer in the summer.

Air Conditioning

When your enclosed trailer is also your workplace, keeping your cool is important. As the summer heats up, make sure you don’t overheat. If your trailer is equipped with an air conditioner, give it a through cleaning before firing it up. Check for any bugs, nests, leaves or branches that can restrict air flow – or blow debris all over the interior of your trailer. If the air conditioner has a filter, change it before the heat of summer sets in.

If your cargo trailer isn’t equipped with an air conditioner, consider adding a rooftop air conditioner, for the most effective and safest cooling. M&G Trailer Sales and Service offers expert installation of rooftop air conditioning units.

Vents and Fans

When air conditioning is not an option for your enclosed trailer, get ready for the hottest days of summer by adding ventilation. If your trailer is only equipped with a rear gate or doors, consider adding a forward side door for cross ventilation. Add a rooftop vent or side windows that slide open to help expel heat as well as vapors and fumes from overheated chemicals. If your unit is not wired for electricity, consider adding a small solar-powered roof fan.

Chemical Storage

Gas containers and other chemicals in hot trailers can mean trouble.

Even if you don’t work in your trailer, storing chemicals in an overheated trailer poses a summer danger. Consider installing exterior racks for the storage of gas or chemical containers and use only fireproof containers in your trailer. Be mindful of rags soaked in gas or other combustible materials inside your trailer. Take the extra precaution of installing a smoke and carbon monoxide detector inside your trailer.

Roof Insulation

Take it from the top to prepare your cargo trailer for the long days of summer. Add a white insulated rubber roof to your trailer. It will add some protection from the heat as well as reflect the harshest of the sun’s rays.

Color Panels

If your trailer is black or dark, consider an update to a lighter color. Dark panels may wave and warp and will absorb heat; white panels will reflect the sunlight and keep it cooler.

Fire Extinguishers

Whether your trailer is enclosed or open, summer is the time to inspect or replace your fire extinguishers. Make sure your fire extinguisher is mounted in a place that makes it easy to access.

Lubricate

Heat mixed with friction and sparks are a bad combination for summer. Before summer really heats up, lubricate all metal-on-metal moving parts. Do a careful inspection of the metal components of your trailer; if your trailer has been off the road all winter, metal parts could have rusted and locked up.

Clean and Safe

Now that summer is here, wash off all the winter dirt and grime.

Before working through the heat of summer, shake off the build up of winter grunge and, worst of all, salt. Pressure wash your trailer, including the under belly, mud flaps and bed. Getting the last bits of winter salt off will prevent corrosion and keep your trailer looking good for years to come.

Tire Check

When the temperature swings wildly from very cold to very hot, it can mean trouble for your tires. Before summer heats up, check the tires on your trailer. If your trailer has been idle all winter, check for signs of dry rot and flat spots. Even though you may have checked the tire pressure over the winter, check again as air expands in the heat and over-inflated tires can be a hazard on the highway.

Inspect and Repair

Summer is a great time to call M&G Trailer Sales and Service in Ramsey, Minn., and make a same-day appointment for a summer inspection and checkup for your utility trailer. The full-service department is staffed with maintenance professionals who can keep you safe for the summer.

Scouting Your Territory

Before heading out with your trailer, scout the areas you’ll be working or playing in, so you can take advantage of Mother Nature’s natural cooling powers. One of the easiest ways to go easy on your hard-working trailer this summer is avoid open areas. Scout around now for shady parking options for your trailer to avoid heat buildup.

Remember before using your trailer in the heat of summer, consult the experts at M&G Trailer Sales and Service. Let the service professionals at M&G Trailer Sales add air conditioning, wire your trailer for electricity, check the brakes and suspension, and make sure your trailer is ready for summer fun and work.