The Anti-Black-Friday Shopping Calendar

Shun the stampedes and cart wars of the post-Thanksgiving big-box mad dash and opt for something a little more, well, civilized.

Life's Patina | Photograph by Courtney Apple

Life’s Patina | Photograph by Courtney Apple

Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12
Lagos Sample Sale
Shop sparkly baubles at 50 percent off during this highly anticipated annual sale. Pro tip: Arrive at least two hours early (doors open at noon on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday) to snag a good spot in line; once inside, make a beeline for diamond-dotted rings. 441 North 5th Street, fourth floor, Callowhill.

Nov. 11-13
Life’s Patina Barn Sale
Sleuth out antique home goods, salvaged furniture and rustic knickknacks inside this 19th-century barn. (It’s usually appointment-only.) Survey the whole property; they’ll be serving seasonal drinks and hosting a cooking demo. 1750 North Valley Road, Malvern.

Nov. 11-Dec. 23
Kevin O’Brien Studio Sale
Rarely open to the public, the design/textile studio is welcoming visitors and slashing prices on scarves, pillows, bedding and curtains. And they’re offering discounts of up to 20 percent on purchases of $300 and more. 1412 South Broad Street, Point Breeze.

Nov. 11-13
Meadowsweet Mercantile Pop-Up Shop
The shop welcomes Instagram-famous vintage buyers/wholesalers @tinybones and @micknmarianne, who come bearing a lineup of perfectly worn-in tees, rare denim and men’s workwear. Starting November 5th, Ox Coffee will caffeinate fatigued shoppers at a mini in-shop cafe. 47 North 2nd Street, Old City.

Nov. 12
Occasionette Holiday Sale
Stock up on crowd-pleasing, budget-friendly gifts (tea towels and aromatic candles) during this 15-percent-off storewide sale. 1825 East Passyunk Avenue, East Passyunk.

Nov. 13
Egan Rittenhouse Wreath Workshop
Learn the ins and outs of artful arrangement from the boutique’s floral-design guru, so you can deck your halls the DIY way. 210 West Rittenhouse Square, Rittenhouse.

Nov. 21-28
Lapstone & Hammer Pre-Black Friday Sale
Scoop up cool-guy brands like Publish and Retrosuperfuture at this 30-percent-off sale that kicks off in-store the Monday before the holiday weekend. (The online sale starts the 25th.) 1106 Chestnut Street, Market East.

Nov. 25-26
Moon + Arrow Black Friday Weekend Sale
Score all the planters, tiny mocs and handcrafted jewelry you can get your hands on during the shop’s 20-percent-off storewide sale. 754 South 4th Street, Queen Village.

Nov. 25-26
Omoi Zakka Annual Time Sale
At this two-day sale, Japanese-inspired home goods and modern accessories start at 30 percent off; the discount decreases throughout the day. Then head to sister shop Select 215 (41 South 3rd Street, Old City) afterward for the same deals. 1608 Pine Street, Rittenhouse.

Nov. 26
Head House Books Small Business Saturday Event
Tote along little ones for a day’s worth of story hours, giveaways, complimentary gift wrapping and book discounts (think: 20 percent off your second book, 30 percent off your third). 619 South 2nd Street, Queen Village.

Published as “The Anti-Black-Friday Shopping Calendar” in the November 2016 issue of Philadelphia magazine.