NaNoBlogMo, Day 24 – Just when I thought I was out, they pull. me. back. in.

Traditionally, I have had opinions about Thanksgiving Day / Black Friday sales.

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That was four years ago, and most of this sentiment is still true. J.C. Penney opened at 2 PM on Thanksgiving DAY. Best Buy, Macy’s, Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, and many others followed suit. Thanksgiving Day sales and ultra-early Black Friday offerings are great for shoppers. Retail employees, however, are forced to work the busiest, most stressful day of the year, be ripped away from the families and friends to sell people cheap DVDs and make minimum wage while doing it. It’s rage-inducing.

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AUGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH

But we did better this time, dear Reader!  Only five people were stabbed, shot, or beat up; we made it through Black Friday 2017 without a single death**.

**I know that sounds snarky, but I think I’m seriously proud of us, which is really depressing.

I participated in the madness for the first time in many years this afternoon, and I felt OK about that for a few reasons:

  • As it’s been an incredibly difficult year for me financially, cash is limited.
  • I visited a comic book shop and two art supply stores, which arguably could use the patronage a bit more than your typical big box store.
  • @snarke and I didn’t arrive at our first store until well after 2 PM.

We had a great adventure, in no small part due to discovering that there’s a Craft Warehouse in the next suburb over from us. It’s got all the art supplies I could ever want***, and I talked to the price tags out loud because I simply couldn’t believe their value and wanted to discuss it with them directly. $0.50 for acrylic paint. $1 for canvasses. I could’ve spent an entire day there, and someday soon, I’ll do exactly that.

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An artist’s trading card pack for $2!  This is what America was built on–42 pt. lightweight vellum that you can mail in a mini matching envelope!  Ah, America.

***Well, almost. They don’t carry this line, about which I’m daydreaming. But you can’t have everything.

I reacted to the cards in the same way @snarke often does when she sees a scaled-down kitchen appliance or a tiny piece of fruit, namely squeeing “LOOK AT HOW CUTE” and then holding up said item to admire its cuteness.

We Black Friday’d, and it was very good indeed.

I didn’t quite expect it. But that’s how Black Friday gets you.

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