2015, brooklyn, december, friday, google, November, Organic, Uncategorized

Black Friday…Or Bust!

Stores are slashing prices all around the United States in preparation for Black Friday. I plan on shopping locally, though, in support of the small businesses and mom and pop stores. Too many times have corporations beaten down local cafes, clothing stores, and arts and crafts shops in marketing monopolies. These greedy scoundrels rent the biggest store fronts in the highest traffic locations to reel in their sales.

Franchises are set up nationwide in an effort to get the most money possible. And the major problem with companies like Walmart and Target is that they shut out their small time rivals. Quaint shops are in peril when compared to big franchise companies, especially during the holiday season. They are in jeopardy of staggering sales during this time, and low customer outcome. Which is why I plan on buying locally this Black Friday.

I love the refreshing feeling of having a unique item that was either handmade or made custom for me. It brings back the sentiment of being filled with the holiday spirit. Everyone of my friends enjoy the hand picked gifts I buy special for them, because it shows genuine feeling. Even big gifts like TVs and video games can be bought locally. It just takes a little bit of searching.

So how about planning early this holiday season and shopping in the neighborhood? Walk around town and keep your eyes open for small shops. Let’s help keep the small businesses running because they have sales, too.

This year I’m heading to a store in Downtown Brooklyn called Nicholas. nicThey specialize in natural products and handmade goods. Every time I walk into this store I am greeted so warmly, and it makes me feel like home. My favorite buys here are the Dragon Fruit Incense Sticks, handmade candles, black soap, and bracelets of all sorts. I recently purchased a leather bracelet that had a scorpion melted into some glass on it. scorpionThis store also sells books, clothes, and other artsy things. If you are in Brooklyn, head down there or otherwise visit this link Shop Nicholas 

But wherever you live, remember to shop locally.

Happy shopping, everyone!

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2015, brooklyn, bruh, dred, events, friday, newyork, November

Black Friday approacheth

If Black Friday is important to you, so should be the element of logic. Most want to run to the nearest mall with the Best Buy and the Bath and Body works. But what if I told you that you can shop your heart out on Black Friday AND help the community? Logically, this seems to be more economically sound with the way overseas shipping is set up.

Why not shop locally and get super creative gifts? This helps the mom and pop stores in your community and you will definitely buy something no one else has.

It was hard to get my list together of small businesses because there were so many. My real interest was natural body oils, lotions, soaps and fragrances (spoiler alert). But then I was introduced to stylish clothes sites, handcrafted picture frames, and coloring books. I have narrowed down my Black Friday list to a couple natural sistas who run Black owned Businesses. Most are in my immediate area but some are online, too.

http://www.cult47.bigcartel.com for crotchet hats, shirts and bags

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Friend of mine @ Facebook.com/pariis.williams

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Ebonessence for candles that are just right

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Also @ Facebook.com/Shatavia.Green.7

I will be compiling more lists as the day gets closer. Also, check out BlackEtsy.com if u want to have a leg up on me (that’s not what she said).
See you here, same time, same channel!
~Dredbeauty

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