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Skipping Black Friday

Friday, November 23, 2012

Perhaps I am not "normal" - I just do not like the overabundance of crowding on Black Friday. Yet, there is some crazy part of me that would still like to go to the store to shop, and the other part tugs me back and says "Stay out of the stores, you fool!" So I browse the hundreds of marketers trying to grab my cyberbusiness. The thing is, I am also driven to wanting to buy/shop local, and though I know I will get out in the retail storm, I am planning my moves with the strategy of a ninja.

My very first Black Friday event was when I was quite young, ten years old perhaps, when my parents brought us to Boston to Filene's Basement. My goal was the toy department, no less, and my aim were the dolls! I was an avid doll collector. I know I did purchase a doll from Italy to add to my collection. As for other Black Fridays, I used to sell retail and from the standpoint of a salesperson it is like being swarmed with locusts. Even deeper into my Black Friday experience, though much more enjoyable, were the years I worked at my own craft business, selling at huge craft fairs, including the Londonderry Fair in Boston at the Prudential Center. It was crazy busy, loads of fun and work, but quite rewarding.

With that said, I am home, barely thinking of leaving except for planning out which smaller stores I want to shop at, and mostly not including Black Friday deals, except for perhaps one that offers free home delivery.

Anyway, shopping is a form of exercise that does not include turkey.
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Yesterday, we had TWELVE people in our tiny kitchen/dining area. The table and chairs looked rather like a Mad Hatter Tea Party, but my china matched, though my flatware did not. We started out with vegetarian pumpkin chili my son's girlfriend made, followed by more traditional fare. LOTS of vegetables, including garden grown varieties, the traditional turkey, and no-fuss desserts. DH made sweet potato pie that was quite good, my SIL brought frozen dessert pies (most of which I sent away), my son brought brownies (he took home most), and I had plenty of fresh fruit available, though I don't think anyone took advantage. I sent home lots of leftovers with my guests.

My brother and son jammed on guitars, I brought mine out and strummed a little with them in between setting the table and making the dressing (that I nearly forgot, then overcooked).

It was a ton of fun, and will be memorable, especially since my brother and his family will be moving further away. It was good.
And I am thankful.
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    I am the Grinch when it comes to Christmas. No children around for Christmas so we just enjoy ourselves with an English meal Pat in Maine.

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    2036 days ago
    How many things can you buy?
    2036 days ago
  • _LINDA
    They are even cranking up Black Friday here in Canada which is ludicrous since out Thanksgiving is in October. Incredibly, my fit Mom was forgoing her exercise classes to see what was offered!! I just did my morning exercises and played bridge. It was way too cold to vemture out any father then the club :P
    That is awesome your whole family was able to get together -and good on you making sure the temptations got sent home with your guests! I would have LOVED to try that pumpkin vegetarian chili, sounds fabulous!
    I hope you now enjoy a peaceful, resting and recovery weekend!
    2037 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Sounds like a great day. Am glad that you were able to get together with your family.
    We saw two Wal-Mart parking lots on our way home from our friends' home where we had gone for dinner yesterday and they were a zoo! It was a little after 8 and they were totally packed. I can't even imagine fighting that shopping frenzy. However I did go out early this morning but only to Home Depot (not busy at all) to get more LED net lights for the park, to Belks to get myself a new purse and finally to Tractor Supply for salt for our water softener! I was home by 8:30 and it was a breeze-no traffic or lines.
    2037 days ago
    I'm not a shopper either. I'm so glad to hear you had a lovely day with family! Keep up the amazing work!
    2037 days ago
  • MRE1956
    BFs are getting more insane each year - even if I weren't the financially conservative type, I'd avoid BFs if for no other reason than to not play into the selfish "feeding frenzy"!

    2037 days ago
    glad you had a great day.
    2037 days ago
    I skip Black Friday too. I have memories of my mother dragging me to Pandora (Manchester, NH) the day after Thanksgiving. I believe this was a discount clothing store that sold sweaters and pants. I was bored to tears, cranky and hot. THere were so many people pushing and grabbing!

    I remember going to Filene's basement after Christmas. Talk about crazy!
    2037 days ago
    I am not a shopper and the "sales" on Black Fridays are really oriented to certain things--which I am not in the market for!
    2037 days ago
    Me too. It used to be so much fun until the new media got involve. I am skipping it and have for many years now. emoticon
    2037 days ago
  • COCHRANE0511
    Can relate to skipping Black Friday...too many people! Glad you had fun with your family!
    2037 days ago
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