The day after Thanksgiving is considered America’s busiest shopping day of the year and the unofficial start of the international Christmas shopping season. In response to society’s mass-consumerism and over-consumption, this day is also celebrated by some as Buy Nothing Day. The idea for this informal holiday originated in 1992 in Vancouver, Canada, and is now celebrated by thousands of activists and concerned citizens all over the world.
I believe the intent of this holiday is important — resist the urge to shop, consume less stuff. This day serves as a reminder to be mindful of our consumption and how it impacts our environment. Instead of shopping, consider buying nothing on the day after Thanksgiving. Choose an alternative activity like take your kids to the park, read a book or make something crafty with stuff you already have at home.
Locally in Providence, you can also celebrate Buy Nothing Day on November 23, 2007, by participating in the annual Winter Coat Exchange. If you have an unused coat, drop it off at the designated area on the State House lawn (directly across from the Providence Place Mall) or if you need a coat, come pick one up free of charge.
11th Annual Winter Coat Exchange
Friday, November 23 from 10 am — 2 pm
State House lawn (directly across from Providence Place Mall)
– St. Patrick’s School, 244 Smith St., Providence
– The Visitors Center, 175 Main St., Pawtucket
For more information, contact Greg Gerritt: 401-331-0529 or firstname.lastname@example.org