Black Friday gets its name from the day retailers begin to turn a profit for the year. Thus the financial accounts go from being in the red to in the black. Stores open very early and sales are everywhere, kicking off the Christmas season. Now is the time to start thinking of holiday gift giving. Plan ahead and create a gift list with individual sizes, favorite colors and model numbers of electronics your friends and family have on their wish list. Have a strategy for which route you will take and what stores you will visit. Make this shopping day fun, do as much preparation beforehand and start here for your holiday savings.
Progressions Hair Salon & Wig Boutique
245 Amity Road
Woodbridge, CT 06525
Progressions is having a Black Friday and a Small Business Saturday, Gift Card Sale. If you are unable to stop by that weekend, give the shop a call to reserve the sale prices. There will be buy-one-get-one-free items for purchase. Purchase a gift card and receive a free gift. See the website for more gift card details as they come available. Hair cutting and styling, hair coloring, waxing, wedding packages, wigs and styling (common for chemotherapy patients) are among some of the services for both men and women. The cards are redeemable from January 2, 2013 to March 2, 2013.
Black Sheep Yarn
12 Old Barn Road, Unit 1
Kent, CT 06757
Nancy Hamilton created Black Sheep Yarn so needle artists would gather to share their needlework. Besides regular classes, there is an entire yarn shop to enjoy. The sale starts Friday morning at 9 a.m., an hour earlier than regular opening time. From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., the sale is 35 percent off all in-stock yarn. Every hour thereafter, it reduces by five percent until 1 p.m. From 1 p.m. on, till close on Sunday, all yarns are 15 percent off. You will find yarns by Noro, Rowan, Mirasol, Debbie Bliss and more. Pattern books by designers and yarn companies can be found here along with needles and other needle arts tools.
Down On Main Street
14 Church Hill Road
Newtown, CT 06470
The Black Friday sales at Down On Main Street are 20 percent off Vera Bradley including colorful, cotton quilted handbags, purses and backpacks in all the latest patterns. Purchase Alex and Ani jewelry and get $5 off. With the purchase of three Chamilia beads, you will receive one sterling silver bead for free. To get these promotions, mention this article. Give Down on Main Street a call for more information on sale items. The shop has been located at this site for the last four years. Previously, it was located for over 12 years in Southbury. It has a large collection of Trollbeads, baby gifts, candles and stationary. Chamilia beads come in silver, 14k, Italian Murano glass and Swarovski crystals.
G & L Christmas Barn
181 Brick Top Road
Windham, CT 06280
The G & L Christmas Barn has some great Black Friday sales going on. Spend $150 and receive a special holiday Chamelia bead that retails for $60 as a gift. The Possible Dream Santa ornament sells for $24 but is on sale for $10. With a Vera Bradley purchase of $100, you will get a free tote that values at $50. Any purchase of Crabtree and Evelyn will get you a free Crabtree and Evelyn hand sanitizer. If you are looking for Dept. 56, you can find $89 gift sets. Stop by the shop because there are more sales to be had. You will find this a destination shop as there are 14 rooms set up in a country barn to browse. Enjoy the collectables and wonderful holiday displays.
A Pocketful of Posies
12 N. Main St.
Essex, CT 06426
A Pocketful of Posies is located in a historic home in Essex Village. This unique shop does Black Friday a little bit different. It has its Black Friday on Thursday, November 8. The sale is “Girls Night Out.” Wine and refreshments are served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. At this time, all purchases are 20 percent off. The shop sells home decor of candles, custom wreaths and silk floral arrangements. Bring in a color swatch and this shop will use it to match with your decor. You will find garden items (statutes, planters and fountains), chocolates and jewelry. There are all different price points.
Paula Moliver is a noted designer with a specialty in all things related to fiber. She spins and dyes her own yarn and is skilled in weaving and needle arts. She has been widely published in noted magazines including Arts & Crafts, Better Homes & Gardens and the Decorative Painter. Paula is a regular educator at New Pond Farm. She resides in Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.