Posts tagged ‘shopping’

December 20th, 2013

Small Businesses Offer Big Gifts

by Christopher O'Brien
Karen Zaleski stands in front of a refinished box she painted at Deja Vu

Karen Zaleski stands in front of a refinished box she painted at Deja Vu

Still looking for that perfect gift?

It could be just around the corner and away from the chains and box stores.

Deja Vu, a Munson Road store that refurbishes and repurposes a variety of items, Karen Zaleski reports that business has been very brisk. “We actually sell alot online than in the store – but there’s alot here. Their variety store has a little bit of everything ranging from knick nacks to snowboards; guitars to signs. Wherever you look, there’s often something new or different- and perhaps that pefect gift. In the back room are complete dining room sets, in the front, vases turned into birdbaths, artwork, and walking canes. 

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November 26th, 2013

Recoiling from ‘Black Thursday’

by Christopher O'Brien

By Nicole Stacy

The first time I heard some blogger quip about “Black Thursday,” I recoiled like a vampire from a cross. You think that’s cute now, I thought,  just wait until it starts to stick.

About this time last year, I was struck with sadness by the juxtaposition between these two headlines on MSN Money’s Smart Spending blog:

Juxtaposition

I never really went for Black Friday, but I figured if people wanted to take their lives in their hands for cheap waffle irons, and it gave them a rush, it wasn’t my problem.  I feel strongly that the creep into Thanksgiving is different.

blackfridaypicThanksgiving may be just a day, but unfortunately it’s one of the only major, anti-materialistic holidays we have left.Even the celebration of Christmas has metamorphosed into something that I think it’s fair to say neither Jesus nor the real Saint Nicholas would entirely recognize.  More than many other holidays, Thanksgiving has held out as a national expression of gratitude for the important things in life; the turkey is just a perk.

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December 15th, 2012

Free Shipping for Christmas

by Christopher O'Brien
Jenn Strathman, Consumer Advocate

Jenn Strathman, Consumer Advocate

By Jenn Strathman

If your shopping isn’t complete, the shipping deadline for holiday items is approaching. As a last push to get you to shop, an estimated 2000 retailers will participate in Free Shipping Day on Monday, December 17.

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