Black Friday: Boutique Shopping




If you think only massive stores offer Black Friday shopping deals, think again. Small shops, boutiques and mom and pops, offer ways to save and snag some unique gifts.

At P.O.S.H in Chicago, you won't find doorbusters or deals on electronics, but you will find a well-curated selection of one-of-a-kind gifts, like hotel silver from Europe, china from now-defunct hotels or holiday-worthy table linens. While some prices reach well, out of reach, there are deals to be found, like salt cellars for $5, hand-made finger puppets for $8, and vintage Tonka trucks perfect for a collector and just $16.American Express has created "Small Business Saturday" on Nov. 27 to promote shopping beyond the big boxes. If you're an American Express cardholder, register at the Small Business Saturday Facebook page and when you spend $25 at an independently-owned business that accepts American Express you'll get $25 back in the form of a credit on your American Express account.

Main street shopping needn't become extinct, and there's no reason to forgo the deep discounts you'll find at the larger chain stores on Thanksgiving morning. But once you've got the doorbuster in hand, head over to a small shop for a different kind of deal.

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