Save Yourself (as well as your money): Stay Home on Black Friday! November 21, 2019 08:00
The Thanksgiving leftovers are in the refrigerator and the goodnights have all been said. It’s time to turn your thoughts to the next holiday on your calendar! You have your gift list organized (well, pretty well organized). You know that Amy wants a Brighton hair clip, a Brighton locket necklace would be perfect for your niece and, be honest, you’re hoping to find a Cosabella Talco camisole for yourself.
You’re getting your parents theater tickets (what a great idea!), but you’re still not sure what to get for your boyfriend. Or your boss. Or your sister. Ok, so maybe your list still needs a little work. But that’s ok. Because it’s Black Friday – and you have your laptop all charged up and ready to go.
That’s right. There’s no need to brave the crazy crowds on Black Friday. We have lots of great gift ideas for you – from an exciting selection of designers, including Last Tango, Cosabella Hanky Panky, Little Words Project, Trina Turk and, of course, Brighton!
Besides, Black Friday wasn’t meant to be a shopping day. “Ironically the name ‘Black Friday’ was supposed to keep people from not going shopping on the day after Thanksgiving,” Country Living tells us. “Even though Black Friday is now one of the biggest shopping days of the year, in 1966 the Philadelphia Police Department started referring to the day of shopping deals as Black Friday in hopes that it would deter people from adding to the traffic and commotion before the Army-Navy football game that same weekend.”
The Dark Truth About Black Friday
According to Tom Risen, a staff writer at U.S. News & World Report, however, “The day was dubbed ‘Black Friday’ back in the 1960s, when account books were still kept using pen and ink and the day's sales helped move stories out of the ‘red’ (losses) and into the "black" (profits). Since then, times -- and shopping habits -- have changed.”
Risen also reported that on Black Friday:
- Americans spend more time shopping on Thanksgiving weekend than they do visiting Disney hot spots.
- In 2011, Walmart attracted more than 22 million people to its stores on Thanksgiving Day. That's more than the 18.5 million people who visit Disneyworld in Florida every year, or the 16 million who visit Disneyland in California.
- Fifty-five percent of Americans -- approximately 133.7 million people -- shopped in stores or online during Thanksgiving weekend that same year, according to the National Retail Federation.
- Surprise! “Some deals aren't really deals,” Risen says, referring to a study from WalletHub that indicated that 14 percent of products will have prices on Black Friday similar to their normal in-store costs.
And perhaps the single, most compelling reason to stay home on Black Friday and shop comfortably from home from our selection of beautiful Brighton stud earrings, Brighton lockets, stylish handbags, neoprene totes and more…
“More people die while shopping [on Black Friday] than in shark attacks,” Risen reports. “Seven people have died and 98 have been injured in the U.S. while Black Friday shopping.” And that was just for the period 2006 to 2012. “That's more people injured or killed by fellow shoppers than by sharks.”
Happy Thanksgiving. Stay safe out there!
Thank You to Our Veterans November 5, 2019 09:00
We have a real history buff on the staff at Body & Soul Boutique (that’s the upscale bricks-and-mortar counterpart of ShopBody.com and, as savvy shoppers in South Florida know, it’s the place to go for Brighton accessories and jewelry (we’re talking everything form Brighton sandals to Brighton heart lockets!).
Anyway, our history buff was talking about Veterans Day. It’s become kind of a low-key holiday for most Americans, but it represents something very important.
The History of Veterans Day
Veterans Day, which is always celebrated on November 11, was originally known as Armistice Day and it was first celebrated on Nov. 11, 1919 to commemorate the end of World War I, which was known as the “war to end all wars” or simply as The Great War. By the time the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles, France, more than 18 million had died. Another 23 million were wounded.
Unlike Memorial Day, which honors those who gave their lives in military service to our nation, Veterans Day was intended to be a day to honor all those who served in the military.
Remember that old saying, “Actions speak louder than words”? Well, we decided that Veterans Day would be a great day to prove how true those words are! And we found some great ideas we thought we’d share.
We thank Good Housekeeping for these suggestions on ways to show a veteran you care:
- Donate to a local veterans organization. As Good Housekeeping points out, you can, “Help veterans in your home state by donating to a local organization that supplies veterans with things they and their families might need. Bigger scale charities like AMVETS and the National Military Family Association are also great options to help soldiers, veterans, and their families cope in times of need.”
- Visit a war memorial. Who says you can only express your appreciation for our service men and women on Veterans Day?! You could plan to visit a war memorial on your next family road trip. As GH says, “At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, World War 1 Memorial, World War II Memorial, and Korean War Veterans Memorial, you can educate your kids about our country's history and give yourself a much-needed reminder about the sacrifices of others.”
- Listen to their stories. This was our favorite. Think about it, “Veterans have first-person accounts of history. If they feel comfortable talking about their wartime experiences, ask them to share a memory with you — if they don't wish to talk about difficult topics, ask them about a favorite life memory. Listen intently so you can share their words — and celebrate their lives — for years to come.”
The Greyson Tote from Haute Shore is another subtle way you can express your support of our military men and women. We like to think this neoprene tote blends style and functionality with just the right amount of patriotic pride.