Black Friday, the "biggest shopping day of the year" is fast approaching (as in this Friday), and while that probably either gives you an itchy credit card finger or makes you want to stay far, far away from consumer society in favor of making leftover food babies, it is my duty to inform you of all the wicked deals you'll get if you do decide to brave the crowds. And I don't mean the mall. Please stay out of the mall. You'll be trampled to death by teenagers or lured into a cult or at least end up paying $9 for a smoothie. A few suggested alternatives:

-As mentioned before, the newly renamed Lower East End is rife will deals, so much so that it bears repeating. As an added bonus, it is similar to the mall in that you will only need one parking space, and dissimilar in that you will be getting some fresh air. Exhaustive details here.

-Sameunderneath is offering a generous discount of 40 percent off store-wide Friday-Sunday.

-Phlox is offering 20% off all merch, all weekend.

-Pin Me is hosting a trunk show for Jene DeSpain jewelry and Clair apparel, plus giveaways (including the chance to win a $100 GC) and 30% off all non-trunk show items, Friday, 2-7 pm.

-Bubble Boutique is keeping the "black" in Black Friday with 15% off all black items and 10% off all black sale items, Friday-Sunday.

-Una is doing 20% off new and sale merchandise, Fri-Sun, too.

I'll try to keep you up on these as I find out about them, (check MOD for updates), but if you have a favorite store, chances are strong it's got somethin' going on.

One of the newest arrivals at Una, by Pepper + Pistol.