So, it’s that time of year again… Black Friday will be here soon. A fighting frenzy of post-comatose, turkey and stuffing-laden folks will rip themselves from their cozy covers to stand in line for the “best deals around.” Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days in the USA.
Do you know how Black Friday got it’s name?
There are two popular theories as to why the day after Thanksgiving Day is called Black Friday.
- One theory is that the wheels of vehicles in heavy traffic on the day after Thanksgiving Day left many black markings on the road surface, leading to the term Black Friday.
- The other theory is that the term Black Friday comes from an old way of recording business accounts. Losses were recorded in red ink and profits in black ink. Many businesses, particularly small businesses, started making profits prior to Christmas. Many hoped to start showing a profit, marked in black ink, on the day after Thanksgiving Day annually – thus “Black” Friday began…
What’s All The Hub – Bub?
Many people have a day off work because of the Thanksgiving holiday, or choose to take a day off to shop for the Christmas season. As such, many stores have special offers and lower their prices on some goods, such as toys.
SO, What’s A Clearance Shopper To Do?
YEP – I used to do it yearly too…. and you know what? It took years of giving away my own stuff, and finally working with clients to de-clutter their stuff and repetitively tossing out all those once coveted items (“that we spent good money on!”) to get very clear on the intoxication of purchasing frenzy that is driven by the almighty retail machine.
My advice: If you NEED IT, LOVE IT, and HAVE A PLACE FOR IT – go for it (especially if it’s a good deal!)
IF not all of the above…. it’s time to question whether this is a necessary purchase – or whether it will someday find itself in a landfill…