Black Friday has apparently grown impatient. Now it’s more like Black Thursday Afternoon, a shopping event that threatens to eclipse Thanksgiving dinner, as would-be pie-eaters save a few hundred calories and a few hundred dollars on a 72-inch flat-screen television.
If this all seems a bit ludicrous — forgoing pie!? — then maybe Small Business Saturday is more your speed. Rather than braving the big box store crowds today, wait until tomorrow and shop locally.
After taking the Shop Outside the Big Box Pledge, check out the list of locally-owned businesses to plan your Small Business Saturday excursion. Searching for good deals? U Street’s Lettie Gooch has discounts on jewelry and accessories, Tabula Rasa (opening at 10 a.m. and hosting six women-owned businesses) will give the first 25 visitors a tote bag with a $25 gift card, Mount Pleasant’s Nana has markdowns on its trove of vintage goodies and a slew of shops in Georgetown are offering discounts today and tomorrow.
Of course, if all that turkey has left you too exhausted to even think about gift buying, then we have a few other ideas for you. Take a look at our list of unique destinations for holiday shopping, which promise all kinds of fun presents and you won’t have to set foot in a mall.
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