Jill Weatherholt

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No Sale!

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Happy Buy Nothing Day! Yes people, today is the day to put away your credit cards, debit cards and cash. This day is celebrated in over 60 countries. In North America, it coincides with the madness, known as Black Friday, which has taken over our Thanksgiving holiday. Internationally, the day is marked on Saturday, November 29th.

The first Buy Nothing Day was organized in September 1992 in Vancouver, Canada. The purpose is to draw attention to the harmful effects of over-consumption. People go into debt buying things they don’t need. In order to finance their spending, they must work long hours which leaves little time for what’s important, time spent with family and friends.

So on this day after Thanksgiving, this blogger won’t risk her safety with all of the crazy people at Walmart or Best Buy. I choose to avoid the pushing, shoving and rudeness that has overshadowed our day of thanks. The retailers seem to think they’re giving the people what they want, but I’m not buying it.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

73 thoughts on “No Sale!

  1. Hey, what a great idea. Never heard of it. All in favour. The rise in consumerism since the 50s has led to us all chasing our tails instead of enjoying a steady life with the basics of shelter, food and safety and the occasional luxury.

    And Christmas is the worst. Someone here put it nicely when commenting on the practice of marketing Christmas goods from early November – he said it’s a game of who blinks first, retailer or consumer.

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    • It is a great idea, Roy, but one many don’t follow. Watching the news this morning was disheartening. I just hope people outside the U.S. don’t think all Americans are that materialistic. Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend.

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  2. Good for you Jill. This sounds like a wonderful idea and one that should be copied here. I can remember when all shops in the UK were shut every Sunday. Now it’s an open free-for-all, the high street’s busiest day of the week. Consumerism rules and with it goes the erosion of family values. Sad state of affairs.
    Enjoy your day of peace and quiet!

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    • I too remember when everything was closed on Sunday. It is very sad, Jenny. The news reports were sickening. Human being shoving other humans to the ground just to get something they probably don’t need. I so enjoyed my day, Jenny…thanks! Have a great weekend!

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  3. Way to take a stand, Jill, and I’m standing with you. You’re my kind of woman!

    I have never, ever, ever shopped on Black Friday and I never will.

    We also have gone a very long-way toward de-commercializing Christmas in our family. We give a lot of home-made, hand-made gifts, and anything “bought” is reasonable, useful, and long-lasting (no silly junky trinkets allowed).

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    • Yay! I had a feeling you would stand with me, Tracy. Did you watch any of the news coverage this morning? What is wrong with people?

      Like you, I’ve never done the Black Friday madness and I have no plans to ever participate. I’d rather pay full price for something than put my safety in jeopardy.

      Good for you! A useful gift is the perfect gift. By the way, I loved your post today on the Candlelite Inn! Enjoy your weekend!

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  4. As someone with a strong aversion to waiting in long lines, traffic jams in parking lots, and being around people with no dignity, I stay home on Black Friday. I also used to work at a big-box store, so I’ve seen it from the other side. I didn’t like what I saw.

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    • Staying home sounds like a wise move, Eric. Working in a big-box store, I’ll bet you’ve seen it all. I’m sure you were behind the counter, taking notes for future stories. πŸ™‚ I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving. Enjoy your weekend!

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  5. I’m with you on this one, Jill. It’s complete madness out there. I’ve gone out on Black Friday a few times and although it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, It was bad enough and I didn’t find anything worth the effort. So now I stay home and chill. Those brave souls who venture out have my prayers. As for the credit card thing, I need to follow this tradition every day. πŸ˜‰

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    • People are crazy! I can hardly watch the news reports, all the pushing and shoving makes me nervous. I don’t do well in crowds. Staying home and chilling out is a good idea. From what I hear, a lot of the stores only have a few of those deeply discounted TV’s or computers…it’s just not worth it. I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving, Elizabeth. Enjoy the weekend!

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  6. Count me in! HAPPY HOLIDAYS, dear lady Jill.

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  7. For Black Friday, I’m taking a hike … literally. The only thing(s) I’ll consume today is food πŸ™‚

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  8. Jill, I am buying nothing today as well. I can’t face those crazed shoppers. I also really don’t need anything. And it’s good to not purchase unnecessary items just for the thrill of a deal. I hate that shopping is taking over Thanksgiving here in the US. 😦

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    • I don’t like it either, Kourtney. All I heard leading up to Thanksgiving was this store is open or this store has this deal…nothing about Thanksgiving. You were right on with the word “need.” I would venture to guess that most of the people pushing and shoving on Black Friday, don’t “need” any of the items their purchasing. I don’t think it’s a good deal, if you don’t need it. It’s a sad situation. Well, I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Kourtney. Have a great weekend!

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      • Me too! So annoying. And the “deals” weren’t even the best sales run during the year. Shopping is fun, but so is a game of Cranium. And it costs nothing to play at home with the family. πŸ˜‰ We did. The food was awesome, the company was nice. Mom and Grandma H told stories from long ago that made me laugh so hard I almost cried. πŸ™‚ How was your holiday?

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      • My holiday was great, Kourtney, thanks! Oh, how lucky you are to have a Grandmother to share stories from long ago. I’m sure that was so much fun. I have an aunt who is 88 and she shares hilarious stories from the past, I could listen to her for hours. I’m happy to hear you had a nice holiday too!

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  9. I love it. Now I have a new holiday to celebrate, and it won’t cost me a penny! πŸ™‚ Thanks for passing this along, Jill … what a great reminder of what’s important about Thanksgiving *and* Christmas.

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    • Oh yes, Dave, enjoy Buy Nothing Day and it won’t cost anything, and it might save you some medical expenses…those people are vicious! I don’t remember our country being this materialistic 20 years ago. I’m afraid of how it will be in another 20 years. For now, many of us know what’s important during the holiday season and we will continue to embrace our beliefs. Have a wonderful weekend, Dave.

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  10. I remember that first buy nothing day! Aging myself, I know. Thanks for giving a shout out to this movement, Jill. I’m sure many will miss your post as they are out worshipping in the new cathedrals of the world – the malls. Shopping has become a form of devotion with its own rituals and days of special observance. What a world we now live and make our way in.

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    • Oh good, I’m glad you remember, Francis, I don’t want people to think I made this up. πŸ™‚ You’re right about shopping being it’s own form of devotion. To me it’s sad to see people trying to fill a void in their lives with things. Unfortunately it is the world in which we live. On another note, I so enjoyed meeting your husband on my previous post. I had no idea there were two blogger in the family. πŸ™‚ Enjoy the weekend!

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  11. I’m only just waking up to this Black Friday thing, and am glad to see this antidote right at the same time.

    I also like to read your first sentence as Happy-Buy-Nothing Day. Making Buying Nothing an even more positive experience.

    It’s nice to see so many people here sharing the sentiment.

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    • I’m beginning to wonder if Black Friday will become it’s own national holiday and then Cyber Monday will follow with a day off from work so everyone can shop online…it’s crazy. I had a feeling the regular commenters would feel the way I do, since many seem to share the same family values. I agree, Denise, buying nothing is a positive experience, especially when it comes to your bank account. Have a fantastic weekend!

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  12. I haven’t bought anything yet!

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  13. Never heard of this! Sadly, I’ve already bought something. But in my defense, A) I live in Canada, so technically it’s not Black Friday here, B) it was online, so I didn’t risk life and limb to acquire said item, and C) I’ve been intending to buy it for months, and have been waiting for it to go on sale. So hopefully the Buy Nothing gods won’t smite me for my insolence πŸ™‚

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  14. I love it! I didn’t go out as ruthless crowds are too much for me and I don’t want to buy anything. But my kids went out because they have never “done” Black Friday before. I notice they finished quickly and went to a museum!

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    • I know you’re like me, Luanne…we don’t like the crowds. It’s good for kids to experience the Black Friday madness and decide for themselves if it’s for them. I’m happy to hear they realized it wasn’t all that and headed to the museum. It sounds as though you’ve raised some wise children, Luanne. Happy Weekend!

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  15. Our family has never–not once–shopped on Black Friday, Jill. And for years now, whatever gifts we thought others would enjoy, we bought locally. Not from catalogs or online, and not from chain stores, but from local small businesses. Today as we were hiking in the sunshine and enjoying the bright blue sky of a rare post-Thanksgiving Colorado day, every one we greeted on the trail laughed and returned our “This sure beats shopping at the malls!” It was a gorgeous day.

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    • I’m so pleased you mentioned buying locally, Marylin. Tomorrow in North Carolina it’s buy locally day. Sadly, I doubt the news reports will focus as much on this day as Black Friday. I love that you and the fellow hikers spend the day appreciating Mother Nature, that is great to hear! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy your weekend!

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  16. Excellent topic for this time of the year. I love to watch the shoppers craziness on T.V but could never be part of it. Relaxing and spending time with family is the most important thing for me. Love the post Jill. Take care my friend and God bless.

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    • Thanks, Samina. I’m with you, I could never be a part of all of the pushing and shoving that goes along with the madness. I don’t do well in crowds, so spending time at home with family is where I’m most comfortable too. Enjoy your weekend, Samina.

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  17. I didn’t quite buy nothing today, but I sure didn’t buy much. Instead I went to the gym with one of my daughters, did some cleaning out around the house, etc. This evening my other daughter and I went to Michaels but it was more of a pleasant outing with my daughter than a mad shopping spree. Altogether a wonderful Black Friday!

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  18. I can honestly say that I hardly left my home today and that the ONLY thing I purchased was a bottle of wine, huzzah!

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  19. I’m right there with you, Jill. I hate stores, period (and do most of my shopping online). Why would I ruin my holiday weekend with that craziness? Every year it seems to get worse, and the media only seems to exacerbate it. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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    • You’re right, Gwen, it does seem to get worse each year. Every holiday is an excuse for retailers to ram all of their sales in our face. I almost ruptured a disc in my back when I picked the newspaper off our driveway on Thursday morning. The number of ads were unbelievable. I took them straight to the recycle can. I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving.

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  20. I have a confession to make. My daughter and nieces love Alex & Ani bracelets and they are never on sale but yesterday they had them at 15% off with free shipping on their website. This chick let her fingers do the shopping and saved some $$$. πŸ™‚ At least it was from the safety of my bed!

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    • I’m glad you didn’t go out and risk injury, Maria. πŸ™‚ I’m not against online shopping, I was more upset about the stores opening on Thanksgiving morning for “Pre-Black Friday Sales”. I’m sure many of the employees would rather have spent the day with their families. Good job on the bracelets and free shipping too! Have a great week!

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  22. Oops. I bought alcohol. And food. Do those count since they’re perishables? They might have gone bad if I hadn’t consumed them…

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  23. Hi Jill, I didn’t look at the sale ads in the newspaper either! Like you, I refused to go out shopping on Friday. I stayed home all day spending quiet time with my family. I feel for all the employees who had to give up time with their families to be at work.
    I did go to “Things Remembered” yesterday, but sat right outside the store waiting for my order.

    Have a great week, Jill.

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    • Lol…those sale ads were ridiculous! I’m glad you enjoyed a quiet day with your family, Elaine. I suppose some of the employees working on Thanksgiving appreciate the extra money, but I’m sure there were many who wanted to be home with their families and had no choice. Enjoy your week!

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  24. Good points you raised, Jill πŸ™‚
    I’m not much of a shopper these days. I fell foul of Black Friday because I’d forgotten all about it. I went online to order a couple of things from my son’s list and it was a total waste of time. I just went around and around in circles. The websites were obviously oversubscribed so I’ll have to start again on Monday. πŸ™‚

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  25. I agree with you , Jill. The amount of pushing, even killing to buy these advertised things is appalling! I don’t know how this day became known as “Black Friday” anyway in the Christmas season! it’s so wrong. On a lot of levels.

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  26. I went shopping on Black Friday once. Will never do that again and it was over 20 years ago.

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  27. Oh Jill, you are my kind of woman!! I know exactly what you mean, but I had never heard of ‘Happy Buy Nothing Day’! What a fantastic idea, I hate all that kind of shopping craziness. I am so behind with my shopping precisely because of it. Anyway, had a good excuse this year, it being Nicky’s birthday on the 29th πŸ™‚

    Here this kind of thing happens on the day after Christmas Day, Boxing Day. By the time Christmas Eve arrives I don’t go near a shop for 2 weeks if I can help it, unless to get a few basics like bread and milk. So many people I know go on and on about all the great deals they got in the sales and I can’t even imagine it. Whatever happened to families spending time together like we used to?

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and a great weekend πŸ™‚

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    • Celebrating Nicky’s birthday is much more important than shopping. I’m sure you all had a great time. Since he’s such a talented musician, did he provide the entertainment? πŸ™‚

      You’ll have to write a post on Boxing Day, Sherri. Is it only the day after Christmas or does it last for several days? I don’t go to the stores after Christmas either. Here in the U.S., we have the after Christmas sales too…the madness continues. I hope I don’t live to see the day that stores will stay open on Christmas Day.

      I had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Sherri. I’m happy you had a nice visit with Nicky and a lovely getaway…loved your photos!

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      • I do remember the madness of the Christmas sales over in the States and Black Friday but as I said, it’s no different here now it seems.

        I will definitely be doing a post about Boxing Day and many other things all to do with Christmas with the usual family misadventures!

        Boxing Day is one day only.

        So glad you had such a wonderful Thanksgiving Jill and yes, it was lovely to spend time with Nicky and family. Our little getaway to Cornwall was the first time Hubby and I had been away like that for absolutely ages!

        Thanks again for your lovely comment over at Making My Mark about my guest post – I’ve just announed it on my blog – that meant so much.

        Have a great week Jill πŸ™‚

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  28. I was tempted to run out to Walmart and pick up some sale items, but thought better of it at the last minute. I decided the extra time I’d get to spend with family and friends was worth more than whatever I’d save on gifts.

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving Jill!

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  29. Wow. I didn’t know anything about Buy Nothing Day. I admit I succumbed to the madness and ventured out after eating Thanksgiving dinner. Waited in line for over an hour. So I don’t blame you for skipping out on that. Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I did too. We had a ton to do. Ate a ton. But I was glad to visit my niece in Ohio.

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    • I had a feeling you probably ventured out, Linda. πŸ™‚ I know you spent a lot of time with your family and then caravanned to Ohio. You had good quality family time…you’re okay in my book. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you had a great time!

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  30. I am so with you on this one. I avoid shopping period between Thanksgiving and Returns Week (week after Christmas.) It actually makes me sad – and tired – to hear about shopping, shopping, shopping. Would much rather be gathered with special people, feet up, sharing some good laughs. Hmmmm, maybe I’m becoming a curmudgeon! πŸ™‚

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    • Oh no, I don’t think you’re a curmudgeon, by the way, that’s one of my favorite words. The holidays should be about time with family and friends, not shopping. If you’re a curmudgeon, Natine, so am I! πŸ™‚

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