Keep it local: Boutique sales
Whether you’re shopping for fashionistas, music nerds or vintage fiends, local businesses have what you’re looking for.
Record Store Day
As in years past, Record Store Day will coincide with the holiest of shopping days. You won’t find door-buster sales beginning at ungodly hours, but you will find musicians and fans geeking out over exclusive releases, re-issues and box sets. If you’ve got a music nerd on your list, impress them with a rock rarity from participating shops like AKA Music in Old City (27 N. Second St.), The Marvelous! in West Philly (208 S. 40th St.) or Main Street Music in Manayunk (4444 Main St.).
1706 Locust St.
This swanky Rittenhouse boutique will be having a sale both Friday and Saturday — in case you don’t feel like braving the streets until after the dust of Black Friday settles. Certain items will be on sale at 30 percent off, including designs by Chloe, Stella McCartney and Lela Rose.
Fire & Ice Jewelry
The Shops at Liberty Place
1625 Chestnut St.
Want to put a rock on her finger this season? The entire store will be marked down 20 percent all day long. If you spend $75 or more you get a $25 gift certificate — but get there early because that deal only lasts until noon. If you spend $100 or more you receive a free hand-blown glass ornament — hello, free gift for mom!
750 S. Fourth St.,
Bus Stop’s “Black on Black” party includes a 20 percent discount on certain black winter kicks. Enjoy
free refreshments and styling tips while you shop (5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and browse attire from special guest Three Sirens Boutique.
1040 N. Second St., Suite 201
Heat up the holidays this season with a very grown-up gift from Velvet Lily, where you can find plenty of modern adult gifts for him and her that range from sweet and tame to downright wild. Select merchandise will be 10-20 percent off.
819 N. Second St.; 265 S. 20th St.,
Arcadia is also getting into the “Black on Black” spirit. Take 30 percent off any black merchandise — including sale items — and 15 percent off everything else, just because they like you.
1737 Chestnut St., second floor
This year Black Friday happens to fall on Rittenhouse Needlepoint’s third anniversary, which mean you crafters win big. On Friday and Saturday the store will take 10 percent off everything in the shop and on their website. (If you shop online be sure to use the code THREEYEARS at checkout.) As a special thanks, the first five customers to spend $50 or more will receive a special goody bag.
Philly AIDS Thrift
710 S. Fifth St., 215-922-3186
You don’t have to get up before dawn but you can’t sleep too late, either. One of our favorite thrift stores, which recently moved to a new location, will be half-off from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. — including sale items. So stock up on quirky knickknacks.
38 N. Third St.
Sazz is hosting a three-day sale after Thanksgiving where everything will be 40 percent off, excluding those extra special goodies marked “firm.” While they specialize in men’s vintage and carry plenty of adorable vintage for the ladies, too, it’s also the mecca for ugly Christmas sweaters.