My feelings on Black Friday

Happy belated Thanksgiving!! I hope your turkey day was full of family time and fantastic food. This year I truly got to enjoy the day/weekend since I wasn’t working in a store for the first time in years. To all of the retail warriors aka employees out there this weekend.. good luck! I truly appreciate you taking the time away from your families and pumpkin pie, for this consumeristic society. As you can probably tell I have such a love-hate relationship with all of this.

Shout out to Mod Cloth for “taking a break” from Black Friday. They’re donating over $5 million in merchandise to Dress for Success and their site is down until Saturday 11/25/17. What a statement! It also really speaks to how much they appreciate their employees, even more than 50% off of high waisted bikini bottoms. I love that.

After lots of family time, I spent my evening on Thanksgiving in bed with my little sister, binge watching romantic comedies and barely surviving our food comas. It was fantastic, I highly recommend it. We then slept in until 10am on Friday, because what better way to spend a day off from work/school… my sister is going to brunch with a friend now, to get re-energized before we hit a few stores.

My Mom and I, Thanksgiving 2017

 

I probably sound like a hypocrite congratulating Mod Cloth for boycotting the same day that I am taking part in elsewhere, but hear me out: I have no problem with finding a good deal, but I think everyone should have the opportunity to celebrate the holiday ENTIRELY.

I find it repulsive that JCPenney opened at 2pm on Thanksgiving. My heart aches for the people who were robbed of the valuable family time. When Aunt Linda gives you the inquisition about why you’re single, living at home, etc. before your turkey coma, remember some people are deprived of that. Even if family time strongly encourages you to drink, it’s your time, and their are people who are being paid (more, but not enough) to clean up messes and deal with the most rude people ever. You can tell Aunt Linda to shove it, these workers only wish they could.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that the latest retail trend/fad never justifies belittling, arguing and demeaning other people who are just trying to make a living. Never forget that.

Say please! Say thank you! Clean up after yourself in a dressing room! If the associate says that they are out of a product, PLEASE do not ask them to check the back. Put things where they belong. Genuinely appreciate the service or lack of service (because they are helping someone else) that you are getting, because there are people working hard out there to just survive the day that you are relaxing and indulging on.

So yeah, I’m going to Old Navy for $1 pairs of fuzzy socks this afternoon.. but even though I’m purchasing the aforementioned unnecessary hosiery, I’m not going to ruin everyone else’s Friday in the process.

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for many things, but especially for the people aka retail slaves who allowed me to celebrate this weekend with the people I love. The $1 socks are just a bonus (and because Old Navy is awesome they’re donating $1 to the Boys and Girls Club, up to $1 million for every pair purchased too).

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