The mighty huntress

A good hunter goes out prepared.  A map of the route to the most bountiful grounds plotted.  The coffee maker set to brew at the earliest hour of the year.  Clothing set out for silent dressing and comfortable shoes for miles of prey-stalking.  Ammunition tucked into all of the appropriate pockets.

She’s ready.

Not to shoot a turkey…no, she’s ready to shop.  Credit cards, coupons, and cash all tucked away to be spent, spent, spent!  Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year.  For some, Thanksgiving is simply a fueling day before their favorite holiday.

I recognize that there are great deals on Black Friday – deals that you can’t really find any other time of the year.  But it becomes a rabid hunt for stuff.  If you absolutely must participate in the crazy consumerism here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Roads are slick.  If you must be first in line when the stores open, leave earlier rather than speeding on icy roads.  And be polite nice – Santa’s watching.
  2. Store employees are people.  Treat them kindly.  They’ve been working since 12am, 1am, 2am, etc.  And they have hours to go.  Ask them politely where you can find things before fussing through grit teeth.
  3. No fist-fights over the Harry Potter Lego sets.  Is it really worth a black eye to have that particular toy?
  4. Easy on the credit cards.  It’s great fun to give gifts.  It isn’t as fun to pay on your holiday debt until the 4th of July.  Remember that the things you purchase with “no money down” will, in fact, require money at some point.
  5. And finally, be nice to the people you’re shopping with.  Chances are, they are friends or family.  Snapping at them for walking too slow, or needing to go to the bathroom does not make them move any faster.  And remember, shopping is supposed to be fun, right?

If you’ve decided to sleep in on Friday and save your shopping for another day, may I ask you to consider shopping locally?  There are some phenomenal items available on campus where you’d be support local clubs and students, rather than corporate coffers.

  • Horticulture Club Poinsettia Sale: Curtiss Hall Rotunda on December 1st (other locations on campus through the 4th).  $5-20 for beautiful plants.
  • Art Mart in the Maintenance Shop: December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th from 12-7pm.  Purchase crafts, glass, and other ISU community-produced artwork.
  • Make your own wreath at Reiman Gardens on December 4th from 9am-12pm.  Mom’s love homemade gifts…
  • Give an early holiday gift – a ticket to the musical “1972”.  At the Maintenance Shop December 9th, 10th, and 11th.  $8 for students and $12 for public – email for more information!

There are also tons of great shops and stores in Ames.  When you support local business, you are supporting your neighbors.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  And good luck with the hunt tomorrow!

Written by Liz Steinborn


About Margaret Sloss Women's Center - ISU

The Margaret Sloss Women's Center promotes equity on the Iowa State University campus. Through a feminist lens, the center advocates for individuals and groups; provides support, referrals, community and programming; and maintains a safe space in the Sloss House.

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