I’ll be honest, I’m not a Black Friday fan. In years past we’ve all seen footage of utter chaos at brick-and-mortar stores by the hordes trying to get “the deals.” It just seems like a nightmare to me! And dangerous.
I suppose the closest I’ve come to Black Friday chaos is at the opening of a promising estate sale. People get overexcited and can become pushy and grabby. I rarely bother going at the opening anymore, but wait a few hours when it’s calmed down…and I still find good things!
But the day after Thanksgiving I did go to my local Goodwill for their Black Friday sale (35% off). It was delightfully less busy at the 8:00 a.m. than it is at their normal 10:00 a.m. opening so I was happy about that. But gosh, I searched it for 45 minutes before I came up with a few items. Up and down aisles. Round and around. It was rather disparaging.
I have such a love/hate affair with this store! I have found some truly amazing things there, but it’s small and I frequently come out empty-handed.
Here are the few things I decided to buy…
I shouldn’t have bothered with them (they are not worth much in the resale market and are fairly ubiquitous) but I just adore Wedgwood Beatrix Potter ceramic dishes. And they do sell though I may wait till I find a few more pieces to make a bigger lot.
This artisan-made pottery bowl is a Ross Spangler piece. I have bought from him over the years at our annual clay and glass festival. In fact I have a bowl similar to this one and may combine the two and sell them as a pair.
Here’s my bowl paired with my new find. He glazes them with agate-like stripes.
I had seen this vintage made-in-Hong Kong silver-plate wine holder on the shelves for days but it was priced too high and was being ignored by everybody. The sale it made doable. It’s a handsome piece and would be perfect for that person who is outfitting a drinks cart.
That was all I bought for resale on Black Friday!! Just a few “bread and butter” pieces. Nothing to prompt a happy dance in the aisles. (Total spent: $10.44) I debated about driving around to other thrift stores, but frankly I wasn’t in the mood.
I did take advantage of a few online Black Friday sales for myself. Nothing frivolous–Levi jeans (my old standby), undergarments and essential oils. My husband however decided to finally to buy a TV for our family room and it’s a big ‘un. (He feels we are in the stone age with our 32″ one in the living room which I find perfectly acceptable.)
Hoping your Thanksgiving and Black Friday were delightful,