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November 23rd is Buy Nothing Day

November 19th, 2012 · 7 Comments ·

Buy Nothing Day - The Tangled Nest BlogFriday, November 23rd is national Buy Nothing Day.  I hope you’ll join us in joyfully opting out of consumer culture for just one day.  Instead of shopping on Black Friday, we are planning to bake bread; practice our instruments and start working on some holiday duets (Claire plays cello, I play violin badly, we both play piano, and Tom plays, um, cowbell); go for a walk in one of West Seattle’s wooded parks (no matter how much it’s raining); and come home to a nice cup of hot chocolate.  Some friends are hosting a soup, cider and board games party that evening.  Sounds relaxing!  What are your plans for a lovely day of not-shopping?

Visit Adbusters for more information on the campaign, though this year I’m really liking the site for Buy Nothing Day, UK.  (International Buy Nothing Days are not linked to Thanksgiving/Black Friday, and so are being celebrated on November 24th.)



7 Comments so far ↓

  • The Velvet Bulldog

    I am SO buying nothing on Friday! I heartily believe in doing…well…actually not much of anything the day after Thanksgiving!

    Enjoy the holiday!

  • Gary Shinn

    You won’t catch me anywhere near a BestBuy or the mall on Friday!. Maybe I’ll read my new copy of Crow Planet if it gets here in time.

  • John Hillcoat

    Buy Nothing Day is a great concept. We will be taking part, although it is November 24 here. Unfortunately none of us are very musical, but my wife Sharon is a great storyteller. I think we will be sitting out in the backyard watching the chickens while chatting. While it is getting warm here, a cup of hot chocolate sounds great! As the saying goes – less is more.

  • Christina Wilsdon

    I am not quite sure yet how we will spend that glorious free gift of a Friday, tucked in between a weekend and a holiday devoted to thankfulness…but it will definitely NOT involve shopping (though the adolescent member of our family is chafing at this…just a blip on the growth chart, we hope). I do think that crafting, baking, Monopoly, chess, and books are all in the wings, however.

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