Peace Nook turns Black Friday into Buy Nothing Day

1 decade 2 years 5 months ago Tuesday, November 29 2005 Nov 29, 2005 Tuesday, November 29, 2005 3:17:44 PM CST November 29, 2005 in News

The busiest shopping day of the year was the slowest for one Columbia store.  It's called the Peace Nook and it's non-for-profit.  Jeanna Ross used the store's peace to hide from Black Friday's storm of shoppers.

"We're just kind of fighting over one toy that you could get any other time of the year and yet we come on one Friday just to get it and fight a million other people to get that's just pointless and shallow," Ross says.

But Black Friday is also national buy nothing day. A day started in England to promote anti-consumerism.

"People from a very young age are exposed to advertisements that say they need to buy things," Noah Myers says.

In another store, customers stormed the store to buy things like cameras. But participants of buy nothing day say purchases like that are completely unnecessary.

"That's all it is stuff. They're not running sales on food or the basic necessities that we need as humans. They're running sales on gadgets," Peace Nook worker Susan Townsend says.

Townsend says organized participation in Buy Nothing Day is low in Mid-Missouri.  The organizers are too busy protesting war and other political issues.  Still, Townsend argues Buy Nothing Day has an important message.

"They put too much emphasis on what they own and how much of something they own and how expensive it is that they don't care about what's really important," Townsend says.

And shoppers like Ross say that's a lesson for every day of the year. Fifty-five other countries are also involved in Buy Nothing Day.

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