Social Encore: Black Friday Preview
BY JERMEL-LYNN QUILLOPO / Special to the Star-Advertiser
Although many will spend Thanksgiving reflecting on what they are thankful for, some will spend the day formulating a plan to find the best holiday deals on Black Friday. If you haven’t read my Black Friday survival guide from a few years ago, you should! It will save you time, stress and most of all, money.
I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to know the hours of major malls such as Waikele Premium Outlets, Pearlridge Center and Ala Moana Center. Malls like Ala Moana have information that can be found online, so you’ll be able to see what type of deals are out there before even leaving the house.
New Ala Moana stores like Freaky Tiki Tropical Optics will be participating this year. The local sunglasses specialty store is offering a $30 gift card when you buy anything over $100 on Black Friday. The offer is available exclusively at the new Ala Moana location and you can use your $30 gift card the same day when buying a second pair of shades.
What’s great about this store is that if the store doesn’t carry what you’re looking for, they’ll be able to see if they can get it for you from their vendors and will be able to get it to you within two days.
If you still want to go shopping but want to avoid the Black Friday madness, here is a list of alternative shopping events to help with your holiday shopping:
“Downtown Shop Around”
7 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29
If you walk around Chinatown, you’ll see tons of local fashion stores. I’m a big fan of supporting local businesses, so you will for sure find me roaming around Chinatown to hop on these deals. I know Fashionista’s Market will have a sale (25% off their entire store) and you’ll get a free mini dress if you spend more than $25.
Speaking of gifts of giving, if you buy a $100 gift card at Fashionista’s Market, you get an additional $20 gift card for free. Also, bring an unwrapped toy with you, as they will be collecting items for the Toys For Tots Foundation.
Exclusive Hawaii x iKandy
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 30, at Harbor Center, 98-027 Hekaha St.
Exclusive Hawaii strongly supports local businesses and artists. At this warehouse sale, you will be able to find an array of locally made items. From clothing to jewelry, you will surely find a gift for everyone on your list.
Volcano Village Arts Hui
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 1, at Volcano Village (Hawaii island)
If you are going to be on Big Island this Thanksgiving weekend and are looking for gifts of fine taste, then head on over to Volcano Village to catch great one-of-a-kind pieces. From raku jewelry and T-shirts made by Zeke Israel to hand-blown art by Mike and Misato Mortara, you’ll be able to talk to the artists about their work. One good idea for this event is talking to the artist to have them commission something really special for you.
“Art & Flea: Totoro Black Friday”
5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at Fresh Cafe, 831 Queen St.
“Art & Flea” seriously one of the best shopping experiences around — not only can you find incredibly cheap prices, but you will be able to talk with the vendors and ask them questions. I like talking to the people who make the items because they can help give you suggestions.
2013 Islandwide Crafts & Food Expo
Friday, Nov. 29, though Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
Back for its 27th year, this year’s expo will feature 400 vendors and entertainment by Melveen Leed and Lehua Kalima. You’ll also have a chance to win more than $10,000 in prizes.
Admission is $4, $3 for military/seniors and free for kids 12 and under.
Hawaiian Mission Houses & Kawaiaha`o Church Annual Holiday Craft Fair
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30
Known as one of the oldest craft fairs in the state, this fair has supported local artists for dozens of years. Some of the things that you’ll find are items perfect for family members on the mainland. Jewelry vendors include Besos Creations, Simply Sparkle Designs and Gary Oshino; there will also be food vendors like Royal Hawaiian Hot Dog and Pork Grinds Hawaii. The historic site also has a gift shop full of handmade Hawaiian goods and treats, many of which will be on sale during the fair.
Hawaiian Historical Society Open House & Book Sale
4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 at 560 Kawaiha`o St.
If you are looking for items that will help educate, head over to the Hawaiian Historical Society and check out the tons of books they will have on sale. You’ll be able to find books that talk about Hawaii’s deep history, written by Hawaii authors and publishers. This is the only day during the year that they offer special discounts.
Happy shopping everyone! Remember, be nice out there during the shopping frenzy. And don’t forget that Monday, Dec. 2, is Cyber Monday. Check out my blog next week and I’ll show you what types of gifts I’m giving this year.
Jermel-Lynn Quillopo is a multi-faceted, energetic individual with experience in both print and broadcast journalism. “Social Encore” aims to tell diverse stories about Hawaii’s food, events and people; share your tips with Jermel via email or follow her on Twitter.