Despite being a clothes horse (or at least a clothes pony), there’s no way in the world I’m willing to subject myself to the consumerist craziness that is currently going on all over this country. The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year in the US and, while I can seriously get behind the sales that go on, I have to question why anyone would want to stand in miserably long lines, get jostled on the streets, look through picked over racks, and be generally smothered by people and merchandise. I also have to wonder what it is about this country- is it a “national” thing?- that makes people feel the need to have more and more and more of everything. Quantity certainly seems to be the preference over quality on days like this.
For me, shopping is about an experience. It’s about having fun with friends and collecting pieces that make each day of my life a little more artistic or visually stimulating. Paying a fortune for that art or treating it like it’s the most important thing in my life seems silly. And so, on this day when so many people are literally fighting over a dress or some boots or the newest toy, I’m happy jamming in my apartment in my pajamas, enjoying the things I already have.
If you can’t conscience the loss of the opportunity for mega-sales, however, here are a few online options to keep you feeling appropriately thrifty while still getting a good deal on things you might be buying this holiday season.
1: ModCloth: In addition to free ground shipping on order over $75, for four days (Friday to Monday) ModCloth will be offering discounts on select items. From their stock of vintage, retro, and really clever clothing and accessories Modcloth will chose 50 different pieces for each day to offer at up to 40% off. While you really have to be quick to access the vintage items (they’re gone in minutes!) there’s still plenty to choose from for you retro lovers. Here are a few of my favorites:
3: Anthropologie: What kind of Anthro lover would I be if I didn’t mention their current sale? While it doesn’t seem to be geared specifically toward Black Friday, it’s more than exciting enough to warrant frantic internet searching for the perfect item. Here are some of my favorite, which can be delivered to your door for free if you spend over $150.
And finally, while these stores aren’t offering specific Day-After-Thanksgiving discounts on their stock, they are offering free or discounted shipping:
-Vickerey: a great source for organic cotton clothing, workout accessories, and luxurious toiletries and stationary. DEAL: free shipping on orders over $75.
-Urban Outfitters: this mega-chain needs no introduction. DEAL: free shipping.
-Victoria’s Secret: everyone needs hot undies, right? Today you can get free shipping on orders over $100 and $30 off and order of $175.