After a 1700+ mile road trip from Texas to Alabama and back, I’m looking at Black Friday ads with new eyes.
Although I’m not a big shopper on the post-Thanksgiving day of buying excess, I’ve gone out early a few times and picked up a couple of items that we needed anyway. It was fun to join the scrum at the big box stores, but you know what?
You don’t need some off-brand electronics item for US$139, and neither do I.
After sticking my head into places as varied as….
** The Lost Pines Art Bazaar in Bastrop, Texas (picked up a lovely scarf – Merry Christmas to me!)
** The Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment complex, a former textile mill turned into a beehive of arts studios (snagged the kitchen towel you see below plus artisanal chocolates)
** Historic Harrison Brothers Hardware, since 1879 in Huntsville, Alabama (couldn’t resist a stunning blue glass window ornament)
….and then gorging on the best pecan pie EVER from Oxbow Bakery & Antiques in downtown Palestine, Texas, I’m even more determined this year to stay out of the big boxes, scale back my spending and see what unique items I can find in my local, independently-owned shops.
Every year I talk about it, frankly, but don’t make it a mission to “Shop Local.”
This year, it’s a mission!
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