The origins of Black Friday may not be as straight forward as you think. Thanksgiving is one of the most rooted traditions in America, it brings families together and mainly centres around food and manoeuvring conversations with family members you haven’t seen since the previous Thanksgiving. In the 1950s, Philadelphia police baptised the day after as Black Friday because of the traffic that marked the start of the holiday shopping season. The term didn’t catch on nationally until around 1985, when the negative term was given a positive spin. However, the crazy images we see on the news and social media today only started in the late 90s and 00s; the intense price drops, earlier opening hours and items on offer meant that the madness to get the best deals seemed to bring out the worst side in people. Did you need that massive TV? Probably not. But it was 70% off!
Preloved’s Black Friday
We get it. Black Friday is not a British-born custom. But Halloween and Santa Claus aren’t exactly British either. While consumerism is ever present in our lives, and we are starting to push back by pointing out we do not need things in order to feel fulfilled, the truth is that this event is useful. It is very likely that you will have big birthdays coming up, you will be attending a wedding, you will be moving house or your family might be about to get bigger. In these cases, if what you want cannot be sourced second hand or repurposed, then being money savvy seems very sensible to us!
We have partnered up with some outstanding brands this year for some great offers. From entertainment to experience days, wine, coffee, electronics and travel, there is something for everyone. You can now check out what offers we have by clicking here.
For those of us who still refuse to give into this day, Preloved introduces Green Friday. We have an array of articles for you to read; from craft ideas on reusing jars to great sustainable gifts as well as the best artisan markets in the UK. We recognise our loved ones deserve the very best, but this should not be at the cost of our environment. Therefore, we will share alternative gift-wrapping ideas, talk about the apparent need of sending Christmas cards every year and simply dive into the world where the Festive and Ecological spirits meet.
We are also really excited to have a competition! One of the major conservation charities in the UK has kindly donated family tickets for a fun day out. Be sure to follow us on social media so you don’t miss out.