But you don't have to be part of the unwashed, brainwashed masses, duking it out at the big box stores and malls (the sales are bogus anyway — havent' you heard?).
Instead, buy local. Record stores Daddy Kool, Microgroove and Mojo Books and Music offer some sweet discounted vinyls and new releases, where some of the best new bands make in-store appearances on Friday. Read Leilani's Gift Guide: Musical notes for the — A holiday shopping guide for Black Friday Record Store Day and beyond for more info.
At the little strip of “downtown” St. Pete Beach, the Corey Lights Up and Fourth Friday Food Truck Festival kicks off the season with quaint sparkle. Shop 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; music outdoors by day and food trucks 5-8 p.m.
Celebrate Small Business Saturday at the fifth annual Holizaar Handmade Holiday Gift Bazaar at the Studio@620 non-profit space. More than 20 local artists and artisans — like Devine Designs, Calan Ree, The Crafty Hag and My Boogie Baby — hawk jewelry, mobiles, quilts, scarves, art pieces and even pickles (surely, a popular request in letters to Santa). First 50 entrants receive a door prize. Nov. 24, 3-8 p.m., Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, $3; studio620.org. Proceeds go the Studio@620.
In St. Pete’s Grand Central district, the newly expanded ArtPool now offers a cafe on the premises; Michele Tuegel Contemporary in downtown St. Pete — the area’s newest “gallery of art, craft, design and adornment” at 320 Central Ave. — celebrates its emergence on the scene with a ribbon cutting at 1:30, one-day sale, cider and treats.
If you're thinking about adding a furry baby to your household, you can visit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, for adoption deals. In Hillsborough, there's just a $10 adoption fee for cats and 50 percent off rates for dogs and other small pets. The Humane Society of Pinellas County, 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater, also offers specials on Black Friday.
The Madeira Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Craft Festival debuts Sat.-Sun., Nov. 24-25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Madeira Way between Gulf Boulevard and 150th Avenue. The heart of Madeira Beach will be transformed into an outdoor craft showcase featuring crafters from across the country selling wares at a range of prices. The juried two-day festival also includes a green market with a broad selection of exotic plants, as well as dips and other gourmet items. 15103 Madeira Way, Madeira Beach. artfestival.com.
Other upcoming holiday sales events
Hyde Park United Methodist will host its seventh annual Alternative Christmas Market 9:30 a.m..-12:30 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 2 and 9 in the church’s Activities Center. A wide variety of gifts, including fair trade Zulu beadwork made from high quality glass in a variety of colors and sizes, handmade greeting cards and ornaments, "giving-gifts" such as buying a Christmas dinner for local families given in the name of loved ones, as well as many other items made by artists locally and around the world that can not be found anywhere else. Gift purchases and financial contributions made at the Market benefit the missions Hyde Park supports locally and globally. Hyde Park United Methodist is at 500 W. Platt St., Tampa; parking is located off Magnolia Avenue.strong>Pottery Sale and Open House at DFAC
Every year in early December, the Clay students and faculty of DFAC pool their work and offer the public an opportunity to purchase pieces of both functional and decorative clay. The sale will be held at the Dunedin Fine Art Center on Sat., Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arrive early for the best selection; all sales’ proceeds go to the Clay Studios at DFAC. If you don’t feel like shopping, there will also be a demonstrations by DFAC faculty. 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. 727-298-DFAC. dfac.org.
Big Chanukah Holiday Shopping Bazaar Sun., Dec. 2, 9 a.m. Temple B’nai Israel, 1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater. 727-531-5829. tbiclearwater.org.
Atomic Holiday Bazaar The seventh annual indie craft-retro-vintage-modern-sassy extravaganza invades the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium and Bay Front room located at the west end (backside) of the auditorium. $5; kids 12 and younger get in free. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9. atomicholidaybazaar.blogspot.com.