Black Friday - Buy Local

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apondsong
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Black Friday - Buy Local

Put some vitality back into your community and buy local. Dump the big-box outlets and help support the small businesses and shops that are the backbone of our communities.

You can get great art and beautiful functional items, and home accessories, at local craft and Maine artisan outlets. Thank you.

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Small Ceramic Bowl in a

Large Ceramic Bowl, a romance of curvilinear orbits. Form designed by mid-century ceramic designer, Weston Neil Andersen

Small Ceramic Bowl in a descending series, a romance of curvilinear orbits. Form designed by mid-century ceramic designer, Weston Neil Andersen

If you want to support Maine manufacturing, Andersen Studio has been hand crafting functional forms and wild life sculpture since the 1950's and became a collectible the day we opened our doors through our wonderful patrons, who didn't need anyone else to tell them what to collect.We receive so many personal letters of appreciation from people who have our work, often excited to find us and reconnect with their childhood memories and so you can say we are iconic on a very individualistic level.

Through the end of November,we are offering a 20% discount on all items including seconds, which are already discounted 50% from firsts- using coupon code 'Thanks' on our website www.andersenstudio.com. You can get the December coupon code by joining our email list.

We currently have three "seconds" bowls of the design shown above in in stock. As this is a hand made process, the tree pattern is not exactly what is shown in the picture.

We are three miles from the breath taking Ocean Point in East Boothbay. Stop by our store and get the discount where you can personally select your seconds- or firsts.

Hand made in Maine since 1952- made from raw materials sourced in the United States-

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Black Friday is the original

Black Friday is the original occupy movement, it’s the one night during the year that battle ready shoppers set up camps out side of store fronts with an actual mission to beat out the other shoppers. Ideologically it’s the exact opposite goal from whatever the most recent social misfits have yet to declare. If the box stores start handing out hot beverages and snacks to the waiting shoppers it could have catastrophic effects on any local occupy movement because the free leaders would flock to the goods.

On the theme of by local, though I may agree in principal, I don’t foresee any lines of shoppers outside of small shop. Shoppers have a lust for cheap electronics to entertain their diminished minds.

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I was so disgusted with the

I was so disgusted with the occupy movement when I heard that they are going to try to sabotage Black Friday- and although that may actually benefit small business shopping, it is not the way I want to be benefited. The small business sector is hurt when the larger stores are hurt as we are a whole and not a fragmented economy. Apparently the high priced education of the occupier brats didn't educate them well enough to understand that destroying the American economy is not going to bring them jobs. They started out being against what they call "wall street greed" but retailers are not wall street and greed is also manifested as a lust for power which this small violent and destructive minority has plenty of. Our economy needs a good Black Friday, but I guess the over educated occupiers didn't study basic math.

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Here are but a handfull of

Here are but a handfull of good quality Maine artisan shops. Just imagine: no crowds, no endless walking down aisles and aisles of junk, beautiful decorations, lovely music, people who smile and mean it. Best of all...money going directly back into the pockets of good Maine people. And you get high quality ART, HOME FURNISHINGS, JEWLERY...soooo many wonderful things...please...do visit one.

http://www.islandartisans.com/

http://www.thearchipelago.net/productcart/pc/index.asp

http://www.ducktrapbay.com/

http://www.kennebecriverartisans.com/

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Apondsong said, "Put some

Apondsong said, "Put some vitality back into your community and buy local."

Is it really your contention that if I buy my Christmas gifts at Sams Club, I am not helping the local community? Really?

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" independent local stores

" independent local stores had top scores in small and major appliances"

"For small appliances, independent retailers rated highly among shoppers"

"Consumer Reports: Independent stores beat out chains for appliances"

Independent appliance stores scored well with subscribers in our survey for customer service, including help over the phone and In-home support

" Independent stores outscore all major retailers in overall experience "

--Consumer Reports
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This is sort of what we did

This is sort of what we did this year. We bought all Maine Made Products from Maine Businesses that we are giving to friends and family. Most of our family lives out of state as do our friends that we exchange gifts with and we have all agreed to purchase gifts made from where we live. So this should be an insteresting Christmas.

This gives new meaning to, Buy American.

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I'll buy what I want from

I'll buy what I want from where and whom I want to buy it, thank you very much.

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Vikingstar said, "I'll buy

Vikingstar said, "I'll buy what I want from where and whom I want to buy it, thank you very much."

Ill do the same. It may be the last year we can do that if apondsong and her friends have their way.

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Thank you, Vikingstar...for a

Thank you, Vikingstar...for a minute there I was thinking I was on DU or some other leftist site. I will purchase what I want, where I want, when I want. Thanks to all the morlists for the advice, however.

PS: I will also exceed my recommended sodium count, eat lots of pie, drive a V-8 engine halfway across Maine and smoke a cigar after dinner. I may also drink some alcohol, turn up the heat and watch football on a flat-screen television that I purchased from Wal-Mart, a store that employs more than 200 people in my hometown and pays taxes.

Damn, I love being free...or at least the illusion of it for one day!

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Suggesting one buy local

Suggesting one buy local always engenders so much hostility. The big-box manufacturers sell products made in countries without labor rights and environmental laws. As a small American manufacturer, we have long been identified with Maine but we get the message from our House of Lords and the hostility directed at people promoting buying local that Maine doesn't need manufacturers like us being that Maine is going to be competing with China and other low cost labor market in high tech manufacturing. I guess that is why our legislature is giving federal payroll tax credits to its high tech special interest sector to be paid for by those who are taxed but not represented. I hope God will bless us with a good exit strategy from this state where we can grow our business in a more friendly environment. Hope that if that is the case, we can keep living here while our production is re-located to a state that has free enterprise and friendlier people.

No one is telling you not to shop at Walmart, We are just promoting the local economy, which words are being twisted by a very hostile faction . We know that you can not buy electronics manufactured in this state or country and in England that is pretty much true for ceramics as well since the industry has been out-sourced to countries with low cost labor. maybe one day we'll wise up and do that as well.

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Just me or anyone else see

Just me or anyone else see the irony when I clicked on the story of this thread?

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Buy Local or Buy Big Box,

Buy Local or Buy Big Box, both have their advantages.

I bought a washing machine at a local appliance place in 2001. 6 years later,it broke. The warranty was well over said the local appliance place, but they came to look at it after i told them the symptoms. They fixed some small bolt, $35 including the house call because i bought it from them. Now 10 years with the washer.

I have seen how some of the big box stores handle big ticket items like TVs and computers before someone buys them . It looks like this:

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The Walmart ad is only ironic

The Walmart ad is only ironic if you take buy local to mean not to buy anywhere else but as I stated earlier, in reference the the Occupiers plans to sabotage Black Friday, which is largely a big box store shopping day, we are one economy, not a fragmented economy. I am not against shopping anywhere except for Lowe's which is going out of business. The reason I would not shop there is because they supported the speech by Foukara at the General Henry Knox Museum.

The products that are sold at an affordable price in Big Box stores are very likely to have been manufactured in countries where labor is cheap and religious freedom, if allowed is strictly controlled. Now that is ironic- That people would buy Christmas gifts made in countries where Christianity if allowed may be tightly controlled by the government as it is in China- hopefully not from countries where Christians are executed as in Iran- A good reason not to buy your Christmas gifts at Lowes who gave money for the Foukara presentation at the general Knox Museum. You would have to listen to the recorded speech to know that Foukara's one comment about our constitution is that it is a great thing that it can be changed and that is what Foukara is going to tell the Arab world,where they might have an interest in changing it in conformity with Shariah law and institute the execution of Christians- But if you want to buy your Christmas gifts at Lowe's- its a free country... for now.

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Mackenzie Anderson said, "No

Mackenzie Anderson said, "No one is telling you not to shop at Walmart..."

Maybe you didnt read the very 1st post in this tread where apondsong said, "Dump the big-box outlets and help support the small businesses and shops that are the backbone of our communities."

Are you calling apondsong "no one"? Or did you just not read that post?

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I stand corrected One person

I stand corrected One person did say that.

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Right. And that one person is

Right. And that one person is the one who started this tread, so it is assumed that its what she wanted us to discuss.

I shop at locally owned stores and I shop at "big box stores" stores depending on what I want and what value is where but when I have people insist that I "buy locally" as if 400 employees who live in Bangor, Maine are somehow not local makes me want to smack them.

Its the same thing that makes me want to reply to a salesperson saying, "Have a nice day" with "Dont tell me what to do!"

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Perhaps I should have said

Perhaps I should have said "Juxtapostion" rather than "Irony" :-) Not making a statement, just pointing out the ad and the thread title (and first paragraph).

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I agree that it is an

I agree that it is an interesting Juxtaposition,Kennebec

Old Dame Fortune, knowing how you react, perhaps apondsong will phrase her thought differently the next time, but to my experience, I will wager that any promotion of buying locally will engender a great deal of hostility. Maybe you would like to live in a state where every thing is controlled from above by big government and big capitalism, with no small business to get in the way of the grand designs of a small power elite?

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ODF: Go shop your heart out

ODF: Go shop your heart out at WalMart if you want. I am sure the place suits you. But your assumption that I have the power to deny you or anybody else that life-enhancing experience is pure ballderdash. Silly you.

Let us know how many items you find that are made in the USA...let alone, Maine. SUPPORT CHINA ! right?? good for you.

Now. You just shop till you drop dear...no problem.

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MA: I have been a long time

MA: I have been a long time admirer of your art. I never made the association until now. Your woodcock was one of my favorites. Beautiful work.

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Thanks!

Thanks!

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Define "buy local" I cannot

Define "buy local" I cannot get gasoline made locally, snow shovels, oranges, clothes etc. But it is a catchy phrase sort of like "we are the 99%". And how big does a "local" store have to be before one should not shop there. Does " buy local" exclude online buying, especially when one considers where the computer was made.

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The best thing that could

The best thing that could happen to our community is if Wal-Mart went bankrupt. The Evil W, The Evil M both left town we would be better off.

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Shoppers have a lust for

Shoppers have a lust for cheap electronics to entertain their diminished minds.

No truer words have been written in this thread. It is a testament of the sad state this country is in.

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Ditto Bob. Stephen

Ditto Bob. Stephen Carmichael said it, and I couldn't agree more heartily.

The creative Spirit has all but vanished from too many of our children. And even when you DO give them a crayon and a piece of paper on which to draw, just watch what happens. They start drawing The Little Mermaid or some obnoxious cartoon character or other...nothing from fresh from their own creative juices. It's not good.

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To think we, as a society,

To think we, as a society, have devolved to this is really sad!

Customers hit by pepper spray at Wal-Mart describe scene of chaos

Joseph Poulose, who said he was hit with the spray near the DVD and video games display, criticized the store for failing to control the crowds. "There were way too many people in a building that size. Every aisle was full," he said. Customers were stomping on photo frames and other items on the floor, said Poulose, who tried to protect his pregnant wife from the throng of shoppers inside.

If he was really worried about his pregnant wife, why was he there?

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Suppose I need a new clothes

Suppose I need a new clothes dryer. Living in the Farmington area, my choices are a local appliance dealer and a big-box store 40 miles away. They both employ local people and pay taxes - and sell the same products: dryers made in China - a euphemism for somewhere far away, probably off-shore.

The local dealer's price is considerably higher, but he delivers, installs and supports. I'll gladly pay the higher price for the service. If someone else wants to do-it-himself, go for it. My choice is for my convenience, now and down the road, and has nothing to do with trying to punish some shadowy, evil CEO for tromping on the masses.

For "clothes dryer" read "microwave". Now the local guy competes directly with Walmart. Since all the above still applies, I'll pay Sam's lower price, deliver and install it myself. I can still lug a microwave for a short distance. The downside is when it breaks a few years later.

Here's a question. When's the last time you heard of anyone getting a microwave repaired?

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My 3 year old grandson

My 3 year old grandson managed to break the glass revolving table in our 4 year old microwave. Costs about $30 plus shipping to replace it. Expect we'll just get a new microwave instead.

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