Black Friday has grown in popularity in Canada over the past few years and debates about the true origins of the term "black friday" continue. Today, it is generally regarded as the start of the holiday shopping season in the USA, sometimes amid images of early morning lineups for store openings and frantic crowds. After all, who doesn't love to save some money and get a great deal ahead of the holidays!?
But in an increasingly fast-paced world, for many, an added sense of satisfaction comes from finding a way to incorporate the richness of past tradition into our modern living; to pay tribute to a quieter bygone time where a few simple treats - like nuts & candy and perhaps opening one or two treasured gifts with loved ones on Christmas morning - made the day special and memorable for a lifetime.
Blogs, magazines, home décor and diy websites are abuzz with ideas on how to achieve this, much of it centered on holiday décor. And within that realm, antiques and collectible items play an important role in bringing a sense of nostalgia to your home.
Consider how an antique piece of furniture – whether rustic or refined - or a table set with lovely antique dishes and glass, can in itself pay homage to days gone by. A cedar garland strung with vintage ornaments and draped over a mantle, hutch, or doorway can add dramatic flair and festive mood in an instant.
Or perhaps you are a do-it-yourselfer, whose greatest satisfaction comes from repurposing an old item to star in your home in a fresh new way, or to give as a gift. Think wooden boxes, jugs, and jars adorned with greens and candles, bells of every description strung with ribbon, old skates, wooden sleds, skis, or an architectural element adorned to greet guests at the front door.
And even a small creative venture can be good for the soul. So take some time to browse for ideas on line or in magazines, stroll through Market Road Antiques with its more than 100 antique vendor booths, then perhaps... get out the glue gun, greens & glitter, and let visions of sugar plums and all things Christmas dance in your head as you prepare for the holidays!
4-day BLACK FRIDAY SALE at Market Road Antiques
Thursday November 22 - Sunday November 25, 201
Open daily 10 am - 6 pm, and OPEN LATE to 8 pm
on Thursday & Friday of this event!
BLACK FRIDAY Weekend SALE at St. Jacobs Outlets
(across Weber St from Market Road Antiques)
November 23 - 25; open daily and weeknights to 9 pm