When did Black Friday even become a Thing?! Yuck. The UK Buy Nothing Day website describes it this way:
The anarchy that ensues on Black Friday has now become an absurd dystopian phenomenon. The big retailers use the event to spin out highly competitive one day offers, which often creates a rabid free for all. Black Friday is creating a brand of shoppers who will trample and fight each other to get their hands on next years landfill.
Why not escape the shopocalypse and buy nothing this Friday?
The Story of Stuff Project has a pledge you can sign here. This is the pledge:
“This year I pledge to join people around the world in celebrating “Buy Nothing Day” on November 27th. I will say no to more Stuff and yes to loved ones, yes to sharing, yes to life!”
If you’re really committed, you might even consider going 200 days without buying anything new like this lady who was prompted to undertake this after the death of her father – her story is well worth reading.
And if you’re stuck for ideas of what to do, here’s a little embroidery I did a few years back for Buy Nothing Day: