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Lorton Residents Vow to 'Buy Nothing' on Black Friday

"Buy Nothing Day" is the same day is Black Friday, pitting consumer and anti-consumer cultures against each other.

For some local residents, Black Friday is a day to avoid shopping.

Buy Nothing Day, like Black Friday, is traditionally the day after Thanksgiving—but instead of shopping at 4 a.m. (or earlier) in an effort to get good deals, some residents are staying home and spending time with their families Friday.

One person on Lorton Patch’s Facebook page said she won’t even buy gas for her car on Friday. However, she said, “I’m participating in Small Business Saturday. All my gifts this year will either by homemade or bought from a local small business.”

Another Lorton Patch Facebook fan said she has "never gone shopping on Black Friday and won't start now."

Buy Nothing Day started in the early 1990s.

“Until we challenge the entrenched values of capitalism – that the economy must always keep growing, that consumer wants must always be satisfied, that immediate gratification is imperative – we’re not going able to fix the gigantic psycho-financial-eco crisis of our times,” according to AdBusters, which promotes the day annually and this year is pushing the hashtag #OccupyXmas on Twitter.

“This November 23rd, go cold turkey on consumption for 24 hours … see what happens … you just might have an unexpected, emancipatory epiphany!”

What’s your plan for Friday? Are you getting up early to shop (or going out Thursday night)? Or are you spending time with your family and intentionally avoiding the malls? Tell us in the comments below!

PETER CHABRA November 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM
gunston flowers will be open on black friday preparing for SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY . We will be offering 10.00 off all 40.00 or more fall arrangements iF YOU HAVE REGISTERED YOUR amex CARD FOR THEIR 25.00 OFF promotion that 40.00 flower arrangement will cost $5.00!!!!!OR if you place a 40,00 order or more for local( Lorton,Springfield ,Fairfax Station,Alexandria, and The Fairfax Retirement Community)for the week of November 26-30 GET FREE DELIVERY!!!!
Beth Lawton November 21, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Thanks, Peter. We're asking small business owners to post Small Business Saturday deals over here: http://patch.com/A-zDlQ
Sally Spangler November 21, 2012 at 03:18 PM
The height of silliness is to spend a day off shopping for who knows what - including the shopper. When I finally figure out what I want to give to whom on Christmas morning, I will shop. Meanwhile I will keep an eye on the advert pages of the paper to see what is available. Who knows - I may find something worth the money the merchant wants for his product!
PETER CHABRA November 21, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Beth, tried to post our deal on Monday 11/19 but somehow every time I did it took me back to the register to ge $ 25.00 off my First Amex purchose on SBS....It might be why I'm the only family owned business to post a "deal" after you gave me the new link. Speaking of advertising in newspapers notice only the "big box stores can influence buyers the little guys depend on the very little distribution papers to afford their customers. Then the internet comes along and 1-800 Flowers or Proflowers steal the customers away by offering 20.00 flowers( but 25.00 of hidden fees) and sour customers thinking all flowers and flower venders are the same.....

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