Black Friday - here and there

Black Friday in Poland

 Biedronka is owned by the Portugese.

Biedronka is owned by the Portugese.

Since we've come to Poland many things have changed.

 This is a French chain of supermarkets.

This is a French chain of supermarkets.

 Media Markt decided to have  a Black Weekend!

Media Markt decided to have  a Black Weekend!

Of course, we've been here for a while - as we arrived in Poland back in 1994. This was an era of rapid growth and many changes. For us, it was a like a step back in time. Life was slower and more simple for us - we couldn't possibly do everything like we had done in the USA. We didn't have a vehicle and doing the simplest of errands took quite a while. I planned on it taking an hour to do any one thing - going to the post office, to the bank, stopping at the store, etc.  Whereas in my home town of Dade City, FL I could make a quick round and hit 4 things - post office, bank, shopping at two stores, in 1 hour, here I had to plan 4 hours to get those same four errands done.  But that was mostly because we didn't have a vehicle, AND it seemed like there were lines everywhere we went.

During the ensuing years, we have gotten a whole lot of western stores. No, we don't have Walmart, Hobby Lobby, or Joann Fabrics or places like that. But we do have nice big supermarkets now. And we have hypermarkets.

 At least in this ad they translated it.  Czarny Piatek means Black Friday - Literally it translates - Black Friday - the whole week.

At least in this ad they translated it.  Czarny Piatek means Black Friday - Literally it translates - Black Friday - the whole week.

So when did "Black Friday" start to be celebrated here in Poland? 

 This is my favorite sewing machine place. I didn't get the impression they speak a lot of English there, but they are still having a Black Friday sale!

This is my favorite sewing machine place. I didn't get the impression they speak a lot of English there, but they are still having a Black Friday sale!

A few years ago when we were doing a Christmas outreach to the poor and area children's home, I was buying many toys for area children's home. I noticed that one or two of the big international hypermarkets had big sales on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Of course, Thanksgiving isn't a holiday here. It all seemed rather arbitrary to me, but once I caught on that they were having those big sales, I started looking for them. I did pretty well for a couple of years - buying literally thousands of dollars of toys during those days.

But they weren't called "Black Friday" sales.  However, in the last few years, I've noticed the term "Black Friday" being used more and more often. This year it seems to be "everywhere".  

 Lidl is having a Black Friday sale as well.

Lidl is having a Black Friday sale as well.

It is funny to me.  The ads are usually quite a mix of English and Polish.  I know that many of the younger people have English in school, but English is not the official "second language" of Poland and many people here do not speak it. I can only imagine how they feel when they see these titles.

 

Black Friday at Quilted Twins

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And speaking of Black Friday - did you see the big bonus promotion my sis is having over at the shop until Monday at midnight EST?

It's our first ever Black Friday promotion1

This is what my sis wrote up to send people who are on the email list. But anyone can get in on the bonus offer!

 
 
Black Friday is here, and we all know that means Christmas is in the air. And, in light of Christmas, we are offering gifts to our customers who order $25 or above in fabric, for this Black Friday bonus offer!

We will pick out an extra yard of solid fabric that matches the colors that you have ordered.

You will get one free yard for every $25 you order!
($25 does NOT include shipping)

The fabric is regular quilting cotton in solid colors, 42/43/44/45” wide fabric.

You know our prices are already at rock bottom levels, so this is something we can do for you!

Fine Print: This bonus offer starts on Thursday at 6 AM. ET. and it will continue until Monday night at midnight, to encompass, Thanksgiving Day relaxation shopping (while dinner is cooking), Post-Thanksgiving Day dinner relaxation shopping, (while kind of watching the football games in the background), pre-Black Friday shopping, Black Friday Shopping, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday!

Now, have fun shopping!
 

Rachael's prices are already very low, so she tried to think of something she could do as a promotion. She was able to come by these solids at a very good price, so we (we chatted about this - but of course it was her final decision) decided to offer a free yard of solid fabric for every $25 - without shipping - you order.

 I know there is some fabric mixed in here that is not solid, but this is piled pretty high. I left the picture uncropped so you can could see more solids peeking around the back as well.

I know there is some fabric mixed in here that is not solid, but this is piled pretty high. I left the picture uncropped so you can could see more solids peeking around the back as well.

This is 100% cotton fabric - good quality and it's free.

You aren't being charged extra shipping and your already great prices are giving you a double bang for your buck!

Now that's a deal!

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So, order away!  But your order has to be in by Monday night, EST.  This way, she's covering all your Thanksgiving cooking, football games, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday AND Cyber Monday. She's got it all covered!

She has a LOT of solids and will be happy to share them with you. She said she has a stack about as tall as her head, or maybe even taller.

Just follow this link over to the store  - or click on one of the fabrics showcased below.

 

 

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