By Sharon Parker
I have a confession to make: I have never liked Black Friday. I don't like the name, I don't like the hype, I don't like the whole idea, the obsessive consumer frenzy, the big boxes and big malls. None of it.
But I've found ways to make the day (and days) after Thanksgiving pleasant.
1. Ignore all the Black Friday promotions.
2. Enjoy a leisurely morning with no rush to go anywhere.
3. Head out in the afternoon (on foot or bike, if you feel like it) to a few local businesses — or at least to an independent coffee shop (where I am now, writing this blog post). I love that small shops call this day Plaid Friday (yeah — check it out).
4. Don't try to do all, or even most of your holiday shopping in one mad dash. Because when you shop both online and independent, it's not an ordeal to be got through, but a pleasure to savor.
How about some ideas to get you started? OK — here's both Minnesota local and one-of-a-kind handcrafted items for your browsing pleasure. Just click on the image. Happy Plaid Friday!