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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Anonymous said...

I used to go shopping on Black Friday. The local mall and individual stores gave away ornaments. Sure there were lines to get the ornaments, but all in all, it was fun. The free ornaments are a thing of the past. In fact, so is the mall. On the site sits a brand new Wal-Mart.

Aurian said...

I sure would like to see one, if it really is this bad. No Black Friday here in Holland, and I prefer to do my shopping when it is still quiet. Which means as soon as the shop opens. That way I can park my car easy (I am really bad at that!) and be gone before the crowd arrives. And then I have the whole day to do some more household chores, and to read!

ladyvyvian said...

I've only done it once just last year mainly to see what it was like. I won't do it again. When all this silliness started I was working nights and did not have the day after Thanksgiving off. Sometimes did not have thanksgiving off so I did not want to waste my rest time fighting crowds. Now I am retired I do not have much spare money so most of my gifts are homemade.