Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday -- are you going shopping?

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

It's the day after Thanksgiving, and I'm not going shopping.

No way!  Been there, done that. (Once.)  Never again.

When I was a vendor at an antiques arcade, I loved Black Friday.  Of course! I was hoping I'd make a killing.  (I never did, but business sure picked up from Black Friday through Christmas Eve.)  It was exciting to see all the people lined up with their unusual selections.  Our arcade an an eclectic mix of stuff, from vintage clothes to vintage ornaments, from furniture to knick-knacks--and just about everything in between.

Our store (which spanned some 55,000 feet of floor space) was decorated for the holidays, and we dressed in Dickens costumes (some better than others), and they had choirs, a strolling fiddler, and a band that alternated on the weekends.  It was a lot of fun for the customers and the vendors.

But tackle the shopping end of it?  No, thank you. I'm not big on crowds, so I wasn't one to go out on Thanksgiving night to wait in the cold.  And I didn't get up at the crack of dawn to make a 5 a.m. sale (although I must admit, I was up at 5 a.m.  Hey, I'm an early bird!)

So, did you go shopping last night or today, and if so ... what did you buy?
P.S.  Books make great holiday gifts.  And you know what?  We've got a bunch of them.  Check out our backlist page -- it's a work in progress (which means we're always adding new titles and filling out the links). 

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