Be it Green Friday or Black Friday, or Cyber weekend, this is a massive calendar event for retail. It marks the beginning of the festive season, an adopted marker from America that is now just as important for us in the UK.
But it also grates on our position of overconsumption. Pressure to buy what we really don't need. In the chase for a bargain, we find ourselves buying things that aren't needed or even that wanted until you find it online.
But we do need to buy things sometimes. And this Green Friday/ Black Friday my purchases are focused primarily on my needs and some other worthy items that I've had her eye on for a while. I'm channelling my energies towards the Buy Less, Buy Better and this is my list.
Spoiler: These are not all BF bargains, but that's not really the point, is it...
1. @vestiaireco & other vintage stores.
Vestaire is doing a "Better Friday" campaign and it's a perfect opportunity to find something 'not new' but equally fabulous. I've got my eye on these boots, by @carvela which are brand new, and in my size, and £25 off this weekend which makes them a perfect winter purchase. Have a look at Beyond Retro and Depop too which are offering their own Black Friday deals all weekend.
2. Giving Back campaigns
I'm forever coveting a good Japanese knife and this Tog knife will do perfectly. Tog knives are a great investment any time of year - but now they're giving £20 too @fareshareuk with every 100 they take over the weekend which is mighty fine indeed.
Another one is looking for brands that are giving back. A Hackney sustainable store 69b Boutique is not doing any sales but donating a percentage of sales to Womens Inclusive Team which campaigns for women especially those from black, and ethnic minority backgrounds. At KANKAN, we are planting a tree with every can sold - one thing that hasn't changed since we started.
3. Vintage Interiors
My favourite online wunderkammer is Vinterior and they're doing a sale on over 6000 items this weekend. These candelabras are the right side of frilly and are being massively coveted right now (by me!). Another although not on sale this weekend but that's never stopped me is The Peanut Vendor.
One thing that happens this Friday is a flurry of music new releases and it's a perfect opportunity to grab something that might be missing in your collection. I'm keen to improve my classics on vinyl and this is just the ticket. My nearest Rough Trade Records also has a sale this weekend of record players and since ours never recovered from it's adventure overseas, it might be just the perfect moment to invest in this too.
With a phone that no longer takes pictures, I'm in need of new tech. Even though the first thought is to head to the big apple, the better solution is a reconditioned phone at backmarket. Technology waste statistics is a really shocking - almost as much as plastic waste was when it shocked us into action (and the birth of KANKAN shortly after) and so Backmarket is solving this issue all with 12 months guarantee.
6. Investment Purchases
On the opposite side of fast fashion lies the investment purchases and I look for items that will last a lifetime, and will become staples in my wardrobe. These trousers, by the masters of a modular wardrobe Studio Nicholson are on sale this weekend still aren't cheap, but woolly and warm will be worn to death over the next few months - the price per wear equalling pennies. @wateyarnproject is another that is the antithesis of fast fashion and they're not on sale. They're also not cheap, but they're absolutely gorgeous and they're celebrating circularity and for that they should be known and loved.
Last but not least is something for the brain.
Meditation doesn't need to cost anything, but there are some very helpful apps that nudge us all in the right direction, and headspace is the 60% off this weekend. I've also seen some good deals going on books and courses too, so if you are into a certain thing, or wanted to skill up now might just be the time. Ommm..