Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Not All the Deals Are in the Malls!

Have you ever wondered who came up with the idea "Black Friday"?  It is amazing to me, how the retail world has convinced consumers that this ONE day will somehow magically transform their lives, if they'll only get out of bed in the middle of the night to rush to the malls and buy 'stuff' they just have to have.  Sure there are some amazing deals, but then I wonder......what was the real cost, and if it's on sale for this, but the store said before it really cost that, then what did it really cost them, and what is it really costing me? (Sorry my mind just kind of works like that)

Never the less, I thought it was worth posting some of the deals I've seen, and although I don't "do" Black Friday, I know there are lots of you who love this shopping day.....have you noticed though, that Black Friday is now becoming the "black week"....and of course there's "Cyber Monday"......I figure at this rate that in the next few years, every day will be "discount of the year" day......That got me to thinking.....what else is out there that won't make you leave the warmth of your bed in the middle of the night?  Thinking "outside the box" these are a few suggestions....

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 If you're a traveler, and have an Allegiant Airline near you, they really have some awesome airfare deals.  the key here is, are they where you are, and do they go where you want to go!

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Etsy is a great place to find unique, quality items.  You can find just about anything that pops in you mind.  I've listed a few vendors I've personally purchased from and thought you might find interesting.  What I particularly admire, is their creative genius, attention to detail and quality, and amazing customer service......not to mention their prices are great too!
  • Petalbelles - I fell in love with this shop.  Little tiny fairies ornaments, that I can't for the life of me figure out how she does.  Just go look!  

  • Go Hey Judy - If you're looking for a truly unique, one of a kind rag doll, then you have to check this out!

  • Bug Under Glass - This is amazing....real mounted butterflies  on real vintage maps of the area they are indigenous to. 

Thinking of buying a new car?  I personally don't know anyone who's ever won a free car, but have to admit, the fantasy is a nice one!  I also like to support American owned and run companies like Ford.  Here's a contest for a free car, and at least you can take a look at what they have in their line up. 

This is just a very small sampling of what's out there!  Shop small business this year and you may be amazed at the quality, savings, and so much less stress!