Take Back Black Friday

Posted on November 25th, 2011 by Tonia 2 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving to all my USA readers! I hope your bellies are full of great food and you’re returning home safely from the festivities. And if any of you are tempted by big-box stores offering you crazy-low prices on China-made crap {excuse me}, please allow me my two cents: where you put your money makes a statement about your priorities and values.

We’re the last people to judge when it comes to this stuff, because {cough, cough} I freely admit to my fashion addiction, and Mike loves to woodwork, but we can’t afford all USA made tools and machines, so some of the ones he has are made overseas. We all have things we just have to have, and we make compromises in order to have them. I don’t have a problem with occasionally treating ourselves to things that we can’t get locally or that we can only afford if we buy from the big-box store’s sale rack.

However, it’s so important for the majority of our spending to send a clear message to Congress that we value Main Street over Wall Street, that our loyalty lies with our neighbors, our community, and our small business owners over the fat cat CEOs of Walmart, etc. who take huge bonuses every year while simultaneously shipping American jobs overseas.

Today, on the biggest shopping day of the year, please join us in sending that message. The government works for us. Wall Street only exists because we give them our money. It’s time to start acting like the boss, people.

P.S. I made the “Local is the new black” poster this morning. Feel free to save it to your computer and share it on your own blogs if you want to.


  1. Thom sfo says:

    Well-said! Thanks.

  2. Rachel says:

    I completely agree. Our locally owned businesses are having to constantly compete against big businesses that do little for our local communities. Support your local!

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