Just Where Did “Black Friday” come from? TT Friday Special

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.

From www.blackfriday.com:

“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.

Until recently.

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.

Sandra Bee

Action Aprons and other Comic Creations

Do you like Action Heroes, Comics, and Super Heroes?

Do you like to wear an apron or would wear one if you were able to share your love for those things?

Do you like Cosplay or wearing Costumes? These items are perfect for you too! Wear over smple black or white outfits underneath and show your Cosplay style in fashion for your passion!

Check out my new line of Action Aprons ™ and share your love in the kitchen, while cleaning, working on art or many other reasons to wear an apron.

Get your Action Aprons at Goodsmiths https://www.goodsmiths.com/trisha-trixie-designs

 

I also have a brand new line of Comic Cup Cozies for those who want to help their cup have an identity!

These and other Comic Creations will be available at Capes Kafe soon! Want these items in your store, to buy wholesale or drop ship with your company? Contact me and lets work something out!

Desire a Custom Creation for any of these type of items? I would love to! Contact me and let’s gt this party started!!

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

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My Poison Ivy Cosplay Action Apron

Memorial Monday Menu

I would hope you a ll know by now, I love to bake, cook, be in the kitchen, be a hostess and have parties. I am a sucker for holidays, manufactured ones too.   At this point I don’t even care if I “know” people are coming over or not. I have decided in my 40’s now that I am going to cook for me and my man and if people want to stop by I invite the misfits, the exiles and any and all who want to come and if they show up GREAT if not, “oh well”.   So this weekend my menu I decided I wanted to do consisted of things “I” wanted to make and create.

I bought a new grill (and put it together all by myself thank you oh and I tested out the grill Friday night and I even got it started all by myself nyah!)

Menu:   Frog Eyed Salad http://allrecipes.com/recipe/frog-eyed-salad/

Potato Salad made with Sour Cream instead of Mayhttp://www.inspiredtaste.net/22809/simple-potato-salad-recipe/

My man doesnt like Mayo so I used this alternative instead. Very yummy)

Premade Buffalo Wings from Fareway (Appetizers)

Premade Shrimp Bites (Schwans)

 

Chips and Salsa:  Target Peach Pineapple Salsa and a tad Queso. Yummm

Trixie’s World Famous Devilish Eggs : (Make like a normal Recipe, but add a hint of special vanilla. I use Tahitian or Madagascar) PS Also made with Sour Cream. No Mayo

Burgers :  I add Tastefully Simple”s “Everyday Grillin Seasonin, then flatten out. Add a touch of Big Daddy’s BBQ sauce then grill over coals (get yours from my pal Kara)

Brats:  For my man. I am not a Brat person but he likes them

Chicken Breast: Fareway had some great deals so I figured I would toss those on the grill too

Pasta Salad:  Rotini Pasta, cook al dente, add pesto or italian dressing. I like this simple recipe. You can also add ranch http://allrecipes.com/recipe/simple-pasta-salad/ I also mixed my own version of this Italian Dressing Recipe up http://allrecipes.com/recipe/italian-dressing-mix/

Rhubarb Pie: HOMEMADE WITH FRESH RHUBARB…need I say more??? This week I remember I had a TON of Rhubarb in my backyard so I cut that all up and froze some and saved some out to make a pie for today.

Then for the finale of flavors I made Sweet Chai Tea: Black Tea, Roobis, Cinnamon, Cadramom, Ginger, Cloves, Black Pepper, touch of nutmeg. Steep loose teas and flavors together for 10 minutes or more. Make enough pots to make a BIG pitcher. Cool in fridge or add ice to glass and enjoy. For a creamy version adda hint of milk or cream. And I saw this Recipe for Strawberry Syrup to make Sodas so I made my version but did it with

Rhubarb Syrup for Rhubarb Soda. Very yummy. Try it out! mmmm http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Strawberry-Soda-Syrup/Detail.aspx?src=VD_Summary

Of course, I got one last thing (and we just had to try it out ahead of time… SMORES

No matter what your plans, grillin, hangin, chillin, going to memorial services, or whatever… take at least SOME time and remember WHAT this weekend is for… To remember thoe we lost in the wars they served  

 

Until next time,

XoXo Trisha Trixie

RePost : Fashionista Fall Fashion Tips by Trisha Trixie

Fashionista Fall Fashion Tips (via Des Moines is NOT Boring)

This year I was lucky enough to go to BOTH February and September’s New York Fashion Week. Since fall has started arriving upon us, I thought I would share about the upcoming fall fashion from the NYFW runway to Des Moines. Fall is always about a…

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I am an Entrepreneur! I Dream Big! I Dream Loud! I Dream Confident! I Dream Proud!

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Throwback Thursday: Retro Travel

For Throwback Thursday today I will be a “Jet-Setter”. I am getting on a plane (or two) and heading off to New York City!

Fashion Week is this week and I was awarded the luxury of a Free Hotel stay at the W Hotels Union Square.  A I was planning my trip and packing of course some very vintage minded apparel and accessories for the trip, it made me ponder what travels used to be like?

In the 1950s, people travelled by air, train, by sea and by road. This is also the time when the demand for owning private cars rose in the UK. In fact, traditional forms of transport such as buses and trains were abandoned in favour of private cars. This is because cars enabled people to discover travel destinations that were previously unthinkable by bus or train.

In the 1950s, people got around basically the same way people do today.They went to work in cars, busses, or trains. More people rode busses and trains to work (percentage wise) than do today. Most middle class families only had one car. On vacation, people drove, took the train, or went by plane. Airlines were not as numerous as they are today and most people could not afford to take their entire family by plane. Kids rode to school on the same old school bus as kids today. A lot more kids rode their bikes (pedal type!) to school because many schools were in small towns or there were several close schools in districts in large cities. Many kids even walked to school. Major cities had taxi cabs but they were an expensive way to travel. In cities like New York, a large percent of the population used the subway (called the “EL” [elevated]) in some cities. There were more passenger trains in large cites than there are today. Just an example–I lived in New Jersey and was a NY Yankee fan. To go to a game at Yankee Stadium we would take the bus that picked us up on the corner of my street, take that bus to another city where we got a bus that took us into New York City. In the City we got on the Yankee Stadium exit.

I am excited about the trip today and in some ways am thankful our resources have changed but I still think it would be fun to travel 1950’s style so today while traveling I am going to dress teh part and play along a tad. I mean just cuz I can’t  GO RETRO doesn’t mean I can’t LOOK retro, right?

Sources:

http://www.ask.com/question/how-did-people-travel-in-the-1950-s

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_did_people_in_the_1950%27s_get_around

Throwback Thursday: Vintage Men Digi Stamps

Today will be short.

Because…

My man is taking the day off today to spend a day with me since we both have been so dern busy. He has been working so hard and hasn’t had a lot of time off.

So I thought I would find a few Digi Stamps for you…

This one is funny to me because my man was in the doghouse a bit.

I thought I would give you some Vintage Digit Stamps  to play around with for scrapbooking or just perusing

Hopefully you are lucky enough to have a good man in your life. If not, you can print these out and make yourself one I guess 🙂

For those who want the Muscle Man here is a funny one for ya!

Until Next Time,

XoXo Trisha Trixie