It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Oh yes, the holidays are here. For many of you, the jingle bells may be less jolly and more maddening, but for me the holidays are a time for joy; the warm fuzzies, gathering with family, reuniting, being thankful, reflective, and enjoyably, generous…which, generally, turns into me getting a little crazy with the credit card on Christmas gift purchases (and perhaps a little indulgence for myself).
And I’m just speculating, but I bet some of you are wondering why I’m talking about the holidays already, when Thanksgiving hasn’t even occurred. Well to all the Grinch’s and all the Scrouge’s, Thanksgiving is all but two days away, and the day after marks open season for madness of holiday shopping.
I’ve been reading a book that has given me a lot of perspective on the clothes I wear, the places I shop, and my purchase behavior. This has also given me much thought into the carnivorous culture that is Black Friday; thrashing for the best deals, with little question of how great of a deal we’re actually getting (or lack thereof). Big-box retailers draw you in with their alluring, sometimes ambiguous, deep promotions. As a pursuer of entrepreneurship, I’m obviously a proponent of supporting small business, but as a consumer, learning what I have, my support has only become greater.
I’m not trying to damn Black Friday or consumerism, instead I’m trying to shift the focus from the fast fashion frenzy and big box retailer’s outrageous super sales*, back to our own communities, neighbors, and friends.
*Sale on limited product, while supplies last, for the first 2000 customers only, read terms of agreement, only available in Canada, may be life-threatening.
So if you want to experience the reward of supporting local businesses, or supporting your community economically; if you want to find something for yourself, something that will turn eyes, something that stands out and instills confidence; if you want to find a totally unique gift, or pretty much win at Secret Santa; if you want to be recognized as an individual, respected, and appreciated for your support, you can find it here:
Oh, and yes, these charming boutiques also have super sweet Black Friday deals too 😉
All things accessories, clothing, and gifts! Located in Ladue. This Black Friday, you can anticipate 20% off everything in store, I’ll say that one more time; 20% off EVERYTHING in the entire store! If you don’t believe me, see for yourself.
Check out more stuff from Ivy Hill‘s insta!
Fabulous, affordable, fashion! Located in Webster Groves (WG native, whoop!) and St. Charles. Leopard will open @8am Friday morning in both locations, with these awesome doorbuster specials!
Select sweaters $29.99
Select dresses $29.99
Select tops $19.99
Good Works Bracelets for $14.99 (regularly $18-26)
On Small Business Saturday, you can expect 10% off everything in store, PLUS, a free gift with purchase!! Both locations will open @10am Saturday morning.
Check out more stuff from Leopard‘s insta!
A women’s lifestyle shop of carefully curated clothing and accessories! Located in the Central West End. On Black Friday you can expect 15% of all orders (code word: PUMPKINPIE), PLUS free shipping on all orders Friday-Monday!
Check out more stuff from Living Collective‘s insta!
I’m not going to tell you to stop shopping at the big box stores, but I will leave you with this; you cannot deny these delicious deals, nor the self-reward for your support. This year, give the gift of supporting small business!