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Pick your neighborhood and get shopping. Copley Place opens at 8 a.m. for deals, including The Art of Shaving’s $25 off any purchase of $125 or more, John Varvatos’s 30 to 40 percent off select merchandise, Elie Tahari’s $25 off entire purchase including sale stock, or go for gold with Orogold, a luxury skincare brand that’s infused with 24-karat gold and normally quite pricey ($128-$1,500). From Black Friday through Dec. 1, however, purchase one product and receive a second product of equal or lesser value free, each beautifully packaged. That’s a deal. (www.simon.com).
Every gift tells a story of personal empowerment at Downtown Crossing Fair Trade boutique Ten Thousand Villages, whose Black Friday “Savings that Sparkle” sale gives 50 percent off gorgeous handmade jewelry and gloves, after buying one full-priced item (252 Washington St. 617-372-8743. www.tenthousandvillages.com).
JP’s Tres Gatos has a 10 percent discount on all used vinyl and turntables. Record Store Day special new vinyl includes much from mono Miles Davis to The Replacements reissues to a new Dawes album. A selection of new hardcover books and first edition books have 50 percent off. Also, among $5 grab bags containing used 45s, CDs, and cassettes, one will contain a “silver cat,” which is worth a free turntable! Oh and there’s free coffee and pastries (470 Centre St. 617-477-4851. www.tresgatosjp.com).
In the 'burbs, Legacy Place kicks off around 6 a.m. with hundreds of early bird discounts. White House Black Market’s Black Friday sale takes 30 percent off your entire purchase until 9 a.m. and then discounts 25 percent through Sunday. Spend $200 at Carhartt and get $50 back. Stellabella has 20 percent off everything except for Lego and Playmobil. That discount applies to all Stellabella stores (www.stellabella.com). The Street (www.thestreetchestnuthill.com) and the Mall at Chestnut Hill (www.simon.com) are similarly loaded with deals.
Don't forget Wrentham Village's Midnight Madness extravaganza, starting at midnight on Thanksgiving.
On the left bank, Harvard Square’s Forty Winks has 15 percent off the entire store including sale items (56 JFK St. 617-492-9100). Black Ink will donate 10 percent of Friday’s sales to the United Nations World Food Programme, currently working to bring emergency food relief to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (5 Brattle St. 617-497-1221). The Harvard Shop has 20 percent off all merchandise (52 JFK St. 617-864-3000). The trickily named Schoenhof’s Foreign Books has 10 percent off domestic titles and 20 percent off international merchandise (76A Mount Auburn St. 617-547-8855). The World’s Only Curious George Store has 50 percent off select books, all bargain books are buy two, get one free, and there’s 50 percent off select Curious George tees, puzzles and mugs. The Harvard Book Store’s Holiday Hundred books have 20 percent off through the end of December (1256 Mass. Ave. 617-661-1515). Harvard Square original Oona's Experienced Clothing has 10 percent off everything Friday and Saturday (1210 Mass. Ave. 617-491-2654).
At Zero Brattle and all branches, Sweet is giving free coffee or single espresso to anyone purchasing a full size cupcake between 3 and 5 p.m. on Black Friday. Let’s face it; you’ll need it.
Black Friday doesn’t have to be all schlepp. Hang out at Kings – located downtown, at MarketStreet, and at Legacy Place — and have fun with the kids, or not, and take it in turns to go off and shop. Also, Kings’ Black Friday deal gives a $50 rewards card good for everything except alcohol, when you buy $100 hundred gift card.