Let’s try to imagine that there’s someone out there in the world—you, perhaps—who doesn’t relish the idea of the full-on retail scrum you’re likely to face if you venture out to Shopping Land today.

Turns out you have plenty of company, and lots of folks looking for alternative to Black Friday Madness. A few of them:

Plaid Friday
Oakland’s own local-business-centric holiday-shopping campaign. (Is it going nationwide? Check out the Plaid Friday blog.)

Get Out: The Weekend Escape Edition (NBC Bay Area)
Focus on outdoor stuff while everyone else is indoors.

Your Black Friday Alternatives in San Francisco (City’s Best)
Maybe not entirely clear on the concept, since one of the suggestions is the Christmas tree lighting in Union Square. Scrum City, anyone?

College football (San Francisco Chronicle)
Hey, No. 1 Oregon is in action (vs. No. 21 Arizona) on the tube tonight. Stay home, bust open that big screen TV you bought for someone else, eat a half-dozen turkey sandwiches with all the trimmings, and get ready for the game (three other high-profile games are on the docket, too, including No. 3 Boise State vs. No. 19 Nevada).

7th Annual Mr. Potatohead Beauty Pageant (Oakland North)
Oakland North’s “This Weekend in Oakland” calendar lists the Mr. Potatohead pageant—which we have a feeling is a must-see—and many other non-commercial activities, including a goat-milking demonstration.

3 Sane Alternatives to Black Friday
Some generic “avoid Black Friday” ideas.

And if you’re non-commercialism is of a more militant stripe— perhaps actual anti-commercialism—there’s an event for you today, too. A “Buy Nothing Day” gathering right at the navel of the belly of the best in downtown San Francisco. And here’s more on “Buy Nothing Day.”

Black Friday: The Alternatives 26 November,2010Dan Brekke


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area’s transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED’s comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

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