Black Friday – Or How To Upchuck Your Thanksgiving Meal



Sorry, to be so graphic, but that’s how I’m starting to feel.

Oh, it happens every year. It starts out quite innocently. Turkey. STUFFING. uhhh, rather dressing since we’re not allowed to stuff our birds any longer. Cranberry-sauce-that-nobody-eats-but-looks-pretty-on-the-plate. Sweet potatoes or yams. (never could figure out the difference.)

Pumpkin pie with home-made whipped cream.

It HAS to be home-made.


And then comes BLACK FRIDAY.


Which really began last Saturday– six days before black Friday.

And I don’t know about you, but I find the constant reference to BF to be phenomenally grating. I bet your inbox is filled with black friday this and black friday that.  Mine sure is. blech!

Yes, we know. You’re (brand xyz) having a sale. Don’t tell us… it’s for BLACK FRIDAY??? Wow! we’re catching on! :/

It’s just a horrible name; one of the lamest terms in all of marketing, IMO.  We can thank the accountants and their ledgers that are finally “in the black” for that, I guess.

But Black Friday also has a negative connotation, especially when it begins the weekend BEFORE the real Black Friday. So, what is it now? The black friday before black friday? The bombardment is so pervasive it makes me want to hurl something.


On the other hand, if all of the retailers wish to slash their prices in an effort to get us to buy in a timely way, I guess it’s not a bad thing. (she said, softening her stance a little)


But I still wish that they had thought of a better name. I’m sure that we can come up with something more appropriate!

— a catchy phrase that’s far more indicative of what the term really means.


Here are my top three picks for renaming Black Friday.


  1. Kaching Friday
  2. We Gotcha Friday
  3. Greedy Bastard Friday


What do you think? Do any of those work better for you? I’m open to suggestions, so please feel free to chime in with your ideas about renaming Black Friday.


But here’s the other thing. Isn’t the Friday, the day after the BIGGEST, richest, most calorific meal of the year meant to be spent digesting it?


Apparently, that’s not happening because we don’t want to miss out. And because we don’t want to miss out, instead of relaxing with our families, going for a leisurely walk, or delicately trying to extricate the greasy gravy stain from the silk dining chairs, we’re anxiously trying to figure out this Black Friday thing.

And battling a massive case of indigestion as a result.

Well, I hope that you will relax because you have time.


Not scads of time, but enough time to chillax with Laurel’s blog. haha.


And that’s because after the week of pre-black Friday, the day itself, the following weekend, followed by “cyber Monday” and then cyber week, you already have at least through December 3rd, to take advantage of the hefty holiday sales. (but please do double-check)

Naturally, there will be more offers even after the pre, during, post black friday events, dressed up as a different offer. After all, Santa pulling up in a Beamer SUV with 600 horsepower, instead of a sleigh with eight reindeer is still Santa. But again. Offers do change, so I’m going with what we have.

And guys. It’s really good.


As I was doing my usual blog research couldn’t help myself from falling prey to some incredible Black Friday clickbait.


And I don’t know about you, but I’m the world’s biggest sucker for clickbait.

20% off site-wide! 30%, 40% – Time sensitive. That’s a good one. I fall for that one every time!

Well, these brands know what they’re doing.


They’re providing a needed service for us and hopefully, you will enjoy learning about some of my favorite kaching, gotcha, greedy bastard – BLACK FRIDAY rock around the Christmas/Hanukkah Tree sales!


Also please note that if you click on these links and purchase anything at all from those sites, you’re helping to support me and this blog. (at no additional cost to you) It is immensely appreciated, more than I can possibly say!


Here are some of my favorite Black Friday Sales which are going on right now.


one kings lane black friday sale 2017

One King’s Lane – 20% off SITE-WIDE. It’s one of my favorite sites.


Serena and Lily Black Friday Sale Holiday 2017Serena and Lily  – also 20% off site-wide with code: CHEERS.



Turkey Day Surprise!



(and if you’re reading this blog, you’re automatically a VIP!)

Please click here for access.

Serena and Lily EARLY25 black friday sale

just received this new offer in my email. You have until 11.26.2017 11:59 PT to take advantage of this rare offer to get beautiful Serena & Lily linens, Furniture, Rugs, Lighting at 25% off. So, please enjoy your Thanksgiving, but hurry back!


pottery barn black friday sale site-widePottery Barn

and it’s not just the holiday decor. No, it’s EVERYTHING!


Williams Sonoma Black Friday Sales 2017

Williams Sonoma.

Only their graphic now says up to 50% off!

And again, it’s a lot more than just dishes.




Always fabulous sales.


Well, if that’s not enough to keep you busy, (not that you already aren’t!)


I have also updated the Holiday Shop page! There are new things in a lot of the categories already posted, but for today, you will find some gorgeous new lists.

So far, I have a really great list for the menfolk on your list. Although, some of the gifts would be just as appropriate for women too! Or it might jog your mind to look for a more feminine equivalent.

There’s also a cooks, foodie, host list which is actually quite a broad category.

You might notice a rabid dog new obsession. The trays.

I will have to write more about that, but these charming trays, some old, some new make great gifts because they can go in so many different places.

I was inspired by Nancy Keye’s beautiful reticulated gallery tray in her kitchen.

And there are zillions of uses for them.

They can certainly be used for serving or on top of a bar cart.

As part of your holiday centerpiece. Some have mirrored trays, but even the silver will reflect the light up and out. Beautiful!

They can also be used as catch-alls for entries

vignettes for coffee and other tables.

In your bathroom, bedroom dresser.


Please enjoy the trays, large and small, new and old and some one-of-a-kind.

if you click on the images, it will take you to more info about each individual product.



These make great gifts!


I have much more I’d love to share with y’all. But I still have much to do to get ready for Thanksgiving! And I’m sure that many of you do too.


gifts for him - My chinoiserie ginger jars
In the meantime, I know that some of you have been dying to see my new blue and white Ginger jars that I got from Chairish in situ. I can’t believe that they’re mine!

The blue is a little sucked out because I had to have the lights on. It’s already getting dark at 4:00PM at this time of year!

And I actually really like them layered in front of the still life. That and the iron cachepot in the middle were purchased at two different antique stores in Tiverton Four Corners Rhode Island at least 15 years ago.

In other news— my haul from Pottery Barn came. Today. Please click here to see some of what I got.

mess before Thanksgiving

haha! And that’s not all of it! There are still two ginormous boxes downstairs that I have to go fetch. But I’ve unpacked what you see and yes, I took out the garbage! :]


But, my new Pottery Barn dishes are gorgeous and I love the flatware, too!

(you can see them in the widget in the sidebar under my short bio)


The stemmed glasses won’t arrive in time, but I have others I’ll use. I think that the table will be very pretty and without a lot of fuss.

And I pinky-promise. No plastic table cloth.;]

We’re adults now.

Sort of.

Please have a warm, joyous, beautiful Thanksgiving holiday! (even if you don’t celebrate it)

See you on Kaching Friday! ;]



  • Marilee - November 26, 2017 - 12:08 AM

    I love that Serena and Lily call it a thank you event. That’s nice. And just like everything else in life, you can make it what you want it to be. Shopping can be fun or just another chore. And now Christmas is coming, and people are going to start crabbing about commercialism. I love Christmas. I love giving gifts. We shouldn’t let others dictate or ruin our attitude. Let’s have fun with this!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - November 26, 2017 - 1:22 AM

      Hi Marilee,

      Fun works for me! And I’m fine either way if folks are interested in shopping, great and if not, that’s fine too! ReplyCancel

  • Susie - November 24, 2017 - 11:38 AM

    holiday shopping–I heard on the radio they are giving the best deals to people who come in the store, not just shopping online.
    I love Thanksgiving, so many traditions and memories, even if it is just my mother and I (and cat Teddy) eating together on the big day because everyone else has passed away. (Aunt Betty is 93 but lives in the San Fran area) I am a “dish nut.” I love browsing different china patterns, they are so beautiful. And I love plain white dishes but in interesting shapes. They are very versatile for every occasion. Look forward to your posts leading up to Christmas.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - November 25, 2017 - 10:27 AM

      Hi Susie,

      I have not heard that but if you did, maybe in some of the big box stores like walmart or home depot? But I’m one who doesn’t like crowds or trying to find a spot to park my horse.

      Our T’giving was small too. Just three of us. But it was very lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Paula - November 23, 2017 - 11:30 AM

    Giving Tuesday is a such a wonderful antidote to Black Friday!! For those who aren’t familiar, it’s the Tuesday after T’Day, a day to give back, support others and spread some good. So many causes and organizations now participate, corporate sponsors too, Nov. 29 this year. The United Nations Foundation kicked it off about 5 or 6 years ago to pull together the potential and power of social media to help others. Off my soapbox….Laurel, just adore what you’ve done for the regular folk like me trying to make my home cozier and lovelier. You are a true advocate. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - November 25, 2017 - 10:22 AM

      Hi Paula,

      I love that! Giving Tuesday! I may need to change my mid-week blog post to Tuesday. I’ve been thinking of doing that anyway to spread it out more evenly.ReplyCancel

  • Karen - November 23, 2017 - 9:40 AM

    Love your blog Laurel! And, living in Canada (where we had our Thanksgiving back in the beginning of October), I find it so funny that retailers here advertise Black Friday sales (well before Black Friday) in order to capitalize on the American shopping sales and to try to lure Canadian shoppers. Your ginger jars are so pretty – what a great purchase! Happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

  • Gin - November 23, 2017 - 8:34 AM

    I went “Black Friday” shopping once and only once, about 20 years ago. Never again. And it sure has gotten worse! To think of someone leaving MY Thanksgiving dinner table to drive to a store for a “bargain”, stand in line, push and shove, then run through the door en masse like a bunch of hungry animals makes me want to hurl, too. UGH! The stores used to open early on Friday, say 8:00am. Then it was midnight (FUN!), then 11:00pm, and earlier and earlier and earlier. Can’t we just spend more time together at the table being grateful that we’re all there? The crap that was on sale will still be available at some point in the near future when the stores are still jockeying for your business! Celebrate being thankful first! Hope Laurel and everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving day AND night!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy - November 22, 2017 - 11:42 PM

    Yes, Black Friday is the WORST! The endless emails…agh! But the part I like the least is that anyone who works retail is STUCK working, including my son who won’t be able to be with us on Thanksgiving because of the travel time. Anyway, I love that you took a picture of your entryway AS IS…you’re so real! I’d love to see photos of your table! I’m thankful to read your blog posts–they brighten my day. Happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - November 22, 2017 - 11:58 PM

      HI Sandy,

      Oh, that sucks about your son not being able to make it for turkey. Hopefully, he’ll be able to come for leftovers? I totally disagree with this relatively new thing about making people work in non-essential jobs (like retail) for Thanksgiving. grrrr Black turkey, it is!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - November 22, 2017 - 11:13 PM

    Hi Laurel,

    Love, love, love your blog and the addition of your shopping recommendations. Your personality comes through brightly, whic I adore!!

    Just a heads up, when I click on the Pottery Barn picture for 30% off it actually takes me Serena and Lily. I plan on doing some damage at Pottery Barn and I want to help support this blog so I can continue to learn about interior design and get a good chuckle along the way!!

    Thanks for all you do!! Happy Thanksgiving!!


    • Laurel Bern - November 22, 2017 - 11:39 PM

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thank you so much! I have a little Blanche DuBois in me that I depend on the kindness of readers to get me through! lol But I very much appreciate the help and support! Please have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!

      I’ve left the big box downstairs. My hunky son can lug it up. ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Christensen - November 22, 2017 - 9:21 PM

    Laurel, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. You are SUCH a pistol (in a good way). Your posts almost always cracks me up, so thank you for your humor. I for one, really appreciate the effort you put into your blog. I always, truly always, learn something valuable. I’m not one to comment often, or ever, but you should know that you and I have many intimate conversations about this and that. We are the best of friends. Ha! Not sure politically we agree but boy do we chat! Stay healthy and enjoy your holiday!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - November 22, 2017 - 9:49 PM

      Hi Cynthia,

      My BFF who died nearly three years ago and I didn’t agree politically either, but I adored her none the less and miss her insanely. But at least she’s no longer suffering.

      And please know that you can talk to me whenever you like. :]ReplyCancel