Hey all my fabulous fashionistas! Today is a great day for businesses. BLACK FRIDAY!
Big or small, doors were open for retail business this morning. Some as early as yesterday afternoon. :OUCH: The good part about online selling is that you have a chance to shop from the comfort of your home without fighting the crush of the busy Black Friday shoppers. Want to shop right now? Go Visit Trisha Trixie’s website for some truly awesome deals.
But I got all distracted. Where did “Black Friday” come from? Did you know that it has been around for quite some time…just not called “Black Friday” right away.
“The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. Ever since the start of the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling holiday shopping season.
In the 1960’s, police in Philadelphia griped about the congested streets, clogged with motorists and pedestrians, calling it “Black Friday.” In a non-retail sense, it also describes a financial crisis of 1869: a stock market catastrophe set off by gold spectators who tried and failed to corner the gold market, causing the market to collapse and stocks to plummet.”
So, way back in 1924…the Friday after the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade…people began thronging to the stores in hope of getting a great deal on something either they wanted/needed or someone else wanted/needed.
Since then, the furor has grown, and through thick and thin, Black Friday has stood the test of time.
More and more over the last few years, Black Friday has become less spectacular in the eyes of many, myself included. Stores are rushing the season…starting mention of Black Friday at the beginning of November. Even so much as taking over THANKSGIVING in their rush to making the almighty dollar! What the heck?
I have always been of the opinion that Thanksgiving should be left as a day of rest, peace and enjoying family. Not all service industries have the day off…imagine if Nurses, Doctors, Pharmacists, Police Officers and Firefighters took the day off? Uh, yeah…not gonna happen. I have never counted the Whipped Cream as a MUST HAVE…if I didn’t remember it until Thanksgiving Day. You just went without. Apparently, I am in the minority though…because most (not all, thank goodness!) Grocery Stores and Retail Shops are open on Thanksgiving at some point. Sad, really…
A good portion of many people’s shopping nowadays is done online. I can get fully behind shopping online…until Aunt Penny (fictitious name, of course), decides that you are still 18 and not 38…and sends you clothing way too small, inappropriate for you or…let’s face it, just isn’t for you. Thankfully, if you contact retailers online and explain the problem, some will work with you…though most likely you will have to send back said item. Which is okay…if you cannot really see the purpose of having a Barney 2T sweatshirt in your life…and need to get rid of it ASAP.
Usually, I just regift…or donate said item to the church. If your aunt asks how you like it…”Oh, Aunt Penny…it was just way too small…so I gifted it to a kiddo that can use it.” This will make you look good to Aunt Penny AND you really have likely helped out a kiddo in need.
Until next time, my beauties…In whatever you say or do, stay true to you.