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

TrishaTrixie Tuesdays: The Boyfriend Apron

Do you have an old boyfriend shirts you just don’t know what to do with? I found a tutorial on how to take a shirt and make it into an apron and thought I would show you my process and how I did it for this Trixie Tuesdays

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I cut off the arms and then trimmed them for the ties

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I cut thae collar and used as much of the sleeve as I could for each set of ties

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I laid out each sleeve and then slit up the sides to open it up

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like this I laid it out and then counted four squares over and cut

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I also took what was left of the top part of the collar and trimmed it to use for puppy and cat scarves

Stay tuned later today to see how this turns out!

Until then,

 

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

 

Throwback Thursday: Retro Summer Fun Activities

I was watching the movie Grown Ups last night with my man and it reminded me that the kids today (wow that makes me sound so old) don’t understand what it means to enjoy life. Especially summer. When I was young, I couldn’t wait for summer. It means I got to be a tomboy, I got to play all day at Ledges in Boone, it meant I got to climb trees, and skin my knees (not intended to rhyme btw) and it meant when I loved i the city I got to have lemonade stands and go rollerskating and fly kites and all the fun outdoor activities.

If you are struggling for ideas, I have found this list for you to print off and mark off as you finish up your summer. For some like here in the mid west, school is just around the corner. For others school is a bit of time away. Regardless the days for the Summer of 2013 are soon ending and I don’t know about you but I believe in making every moment count.

Right click image, save as, then print, or print off straight away if you

There are plenty more activities and ideas out there everywhere on line. Just Google or Bing “Summer Activities”.

Step away from the computer and video games and make your kids do the same. Go play with them, connect with them and make great old time family memories. Take your kids and maybe others out with you and let the kids make friends the old fashioned way…IN PERSON.

Bring back the good ole days have some fun in the sun!

Until next time,

Xoxo

Trisha Trixie

 

Trixie Tuesdays: Online Networking Hints, Tips and Tricks

I am going to try out a new blog day. When I had my web and social media business I used to have Trixie Tuesdays and I think it went rather well. I figured I would give it a go over here on my new blog and talk about things I would like to share.

For today’s Trixie Tuesdays I want to talk to you about Online Networking.

For starters: Ladders

I use these Social Media Ladders and Promote my Pages on Linked In and so far they have gone rather well for me.

I don’t want link to any certain one because I think many of them work and they each have their unique qualities.

In FB Search “Promote” or “Ladder” and see what you find. I generally go for the ones with the highest count number and link my page there, like the pages above where I commented and then comment “Liked all pages above”. When I receive a message on my page from someone who says they stopped by from a specific ladder I return the like.

For Linkedin I am a part of a variety of Groups that pertain to what I do, Vintage, Aprons, PinUp, Modeling, and Local Networking Groups.  On many of them they ask that you don’t over promote but generally have one discussion that states “Add you FB or Webpage here”. I take a gander at the pages listed before me, connect with others and like the pages I can.

On Twitter, I receive an email that says “Other profiles like ____” and it is someone I already follow. Now I follow a wide variety so depending on who it is telling me, decides whether or not I take the time to click on the link and follow them. If I have the time, I might do a shout out to them saying hi or “New Follow from @TrishaTrixie” and give them my handle back.

On Instagram, I look at what others are liking and maybe double tap a picture someone else liked and if I like the profile enough, I might follow it.  I sometimes Search for items like mine and find followers that way too.

What I want to impress is that this should NOT be hours of activity. This should be 5 or 10 minutes of your day.

When I tell people how I get more followers and contacts etc they says they do the same thing, but it “takes so long”.

I set a 5 minute timer and then allot this time for Online Networking.  When the timer is up, I am done. You do not need to spend hours doing these things. I take turns on what Social Media I spend doing this on. One day FB, One day LI, the next day Twitter and so on.

I also gain followers by Hashtagging or Mentioning. Hashtagging is when you add the number sign in front of something you want to call attention to. YES it works on Facebook too and is NOT just for Twitter anymore. For example #TrishaTrixie will show me any hits on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook that I or others have tagged. When someone wants to mention me they use the @TrishaTrixie and I see a mention on all Social Media.

This is not only great for tracking myself, by I SFS (which I JUST found out this week means Shout for Shout). I might tag or Shout out someone or a business and then if they shout back it is a SFS. It’s the “you scratch mine Ill scratch yours ” theory.

All of these have immensely helped me gain followers and comments and YES interaction. But one last thing about interaction is that you need to be asking for it. You can’t just post and post. Ask questions, ask for feedback, do polls whatever it takes to hear what others are saying. The more you engage, I feel the better relationship you end up having with your followers.

Well, there you go. There are some Trixie Tips for you for what works for me. I was a Web and Social Media Specialist for years and these are also things I would tell my clients. Now, of course that doesn’t mean it works for everyone, but many times

“What’s good for the Goose is Good for the Gander”

Until next time,

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

Monday Manifesto

A few summer”s ago I started doing Manifesto’s. I learned from Ali Edwards about this at the time. I have manifestos for all sorts of things but my favorite Manifesto is my Summer one. Perhaps it is because each year it grows and changes, it allows me to see what did I do last year and what will I carry to this summer.

The manifesto is in a way a TO DO list. This is something I make to post where I can see it and remind me to enjoy the summer and not stay stuck behind a computer.

The first one I did I wrote down on paper, collaged it and then posted it up.

The second one I did was on Word, then I changed the fonts and colors of the text, added a border and then printed it and posted it.

I liked both ways and you may choose one or the other.

Making a manifesto is a great thing to do with kids as well as for yourself.

Give the kids a bunch of markers or crayons and ask them to write down all the things they want to do this summer. Have them choose different colors for each item on the list, add stickers or draw on them with butterfly’s or bugs and then post them on the fridge or the wall for them and you to see.

If you have more than one child in your home or in your preschool, maybe make a box and cut the ideas up and pick one or two out a week. Or perhaps you can do both. Have them each do a manifesto for themselves and then make a box or list of ideas for the group as a whole.

Here is more info on my other Manifestos from my Art Page: The Art of Trisha Trixie

Google Summer Manifesto and you will find tons and TONS of others who do these same types of Manifestos as I do. There are many ways to do it and many ways to be creative.

 

My Summer Manifesto 2013

Summer Manifesto 2013

 Spend time outside,Go to the lake, Go on a hike, Play badminton, Go to an outdoor movie or make an outdoor movie in my backyard,  Participate in Miracles Workshop, Do Summer of Color, Go to Farmer’s Market, , Buy Hammock, Get a glider swing, Have Summer Sunday’s, Sleep late on Sundays, Go to Outdoor Concert, Go to a Ball Game, Take lots of Pictures, Make “Refrigerator Pickles”,Have a Car Wash Day, Make BBQ Cob Corn, Dance in the Rain, Blow Bubbles, Make Pitchers of Chai Tea for easy enjoyment, Enjoy Sunrises and Sunsets, Enjoy time with Kitty cats, Play Hobby Games,  Journal,  Giggle…a lot, Enjoy the Show, Be Fabulous!

Mad Men Monday: Feature: My PinUp Creations

I love being in fashion and doing what I do. Not only do I get to create, design and wear all kinds of fun Fashions as well as do PinUp Modeling and have a fun with life…but I have amazing friends who create items as well and this gal is one of them! Come look at the amazing pictures of the items she sent me!

You MUST just MUST go check out all her AMAZING items at her Website here!!

Here amazing FB Page for her creations are here!!

And if that isn’t enough for you…she is a TRIXIE Model as well!!! Go check her Model Page as well HERE!!