It has been a crazy week so posts will be low until next week. I know that shopping after Thanksgiving for some people is tradition, for some it is an escape from aunt Gertrude and her endless questions about when you are getting married. I did want to take a moment to encourage everyone with plans for post Thanksgiving shopping to support their local businesses instead of hitting the mall and big box stores. Consider some of the perks:
No you probably won’t get a TV for $30, but lets face it, unless you get in line now and miss all the joy of Thanksgiving you aren’t getting one at the big box stores either.
No death toll! In recent years PEOPLE HAVE LITERALLY DIED trying to get into stores at 3am on Black Friday! Maybe I am just a pansy or lack focus but there is nothing I want or need bad enough to trample someone or risk being trampled to death for, even at 80% off.
If you have ever worked retail you have probably worked Black Friday. With shopping hours getting more and more out of control Thanksgiving is becoming less of a holiday and more of a large meal for retail employees. Wal-mart and Target are opening at 11pm! Not cool!
Instead of checking out copies of the same thing at the mall, buy some unique gifts for your loved ones, or yourself.
Oh, and the obvious reasons, you support local businesses, artists, designers, musicians, authors and the economy.
So instead of hitting Crate and Barrel try Hazel and Dewey, instead of Barnes and Noble go to Tattered Cover, skip Urban Outfitters and head over to Fancy Tiger, avoid the nightmare that is Toys R Us and Target and Wal-mart and go to The Wizard’s Chest (who will be holding board game tournaments all weekend). While out at these lovely stores enjoy the great Colorado weather and check out the other amazing local businesses that surround them.