Local deals: A colorful shopping weekend
What with Black Friday, Plaid Saturday and Cyber Monday, the “biggest shopping day of the year” is morphing into a long shopping weekend. (Don’t worry Sunday — your, um, day will come.)
Local online deals
Why wait until you’re back at work on Monday to do your holiday shopping online? Black Friday is also becoming Green Friday as consumers choose to shop from home.
Boston’s home goods superstore, Jossandmain.com, has special Black Friday discounts of up to 70 percent and a fun Finders Keepers promotion featuring 25 items (from a Missoni pouf to a hush-hush “top designer” chair) hidden throughout the site for shoppers to claim for free
At Wayfair.com, another Boston online giant, Metro readers get an exclusive 10 percent off coupon, good for 24 hours on Black Friday. Just enter the code WAYFAIR10. Also, there’s savings from 15 to 60 percent off everything from toys and tools to furniture and footwear, too.
Shop online or in real-time at your local record store for Record Store Day’s Black Friday promotions. There’s lots of limited edition vinyl, including the album that changed the Red Hot Chili Peppers into hit-makers giants, “Blood Sugar Sex Magik,” reissued on its 20 anniversary. Get the jump on The Black Keys new “El Camino” (out Dec. 6) with the “Lonely Boy” EP. For classic rockers, the Rolling Stones issue a previously unreleased track, “No Spare Parts,” on 7-inch vinyl.(www.recordstoreday.com).
Bad in plaid
Head to Harvard Square, which celebrates Plaid Saturday — the oddly-named indie business answer to Black Friday — for deals at cute stores like Berks shoes. Buy any item at regular price, get 25 percent off the second (50 JFK St. 617-492-9511. www.berkshoes.com). At Follow the Honey, along with 10 percent off pre-orders on Christmas and Hanukkah baskets, Vermont native Melissa Brodeur introduces her Bee Well herb and honey body scrubs and skin oils and will be onsite to give chair massages (1132 Mass. Ave. 617-945-7356. www.followthehoney.com)
For those Midnight Madness addicts, Wrentham Village Premium Outlets’ annual early opening — yup, midnight — brings added specials for night-owl shoppers and more throughout the daylight hours too. The outlet village adds cool new stores this season, including Ted Baker, Bloomingdale’s, and Tory Burch. (One Premium Outlets Blvd., Wrentham. 508-384-0600. www.premiumoutlets.com/wrentham).
Hoofing the Back Bay on Black Friday means deals at lots of indie stores and giant chains. Start your Black Friday savings at Audrey’s Pet Supply, where the first 20 customers who spend more than $50, get a 15 oz. bag of Dogswell’s (excellent) all-natural beef jerky (296 Newbury St. 857-991-1236. www.audreysbos ton.com). End with much-needed sustenance from the Mandarin’s M Bar, which has a Black Friday bonus: Buy a signature cocktail and a Lite Bites menu item and get an additional Lite Bites dish on the house; 776 Boylston St. 617-535-8800. www.mandarinoriental.com/boston). In between, hit H&M for big discounts and scratch cards of up to $300 for the first 100 customers (100 Newbury St. 617-859-3192. www.hm.com).