Buy Nothing Day

Yesterday was not only Black Friday, but also 'Buy Nothing Day'. A day protesting consumerism.

Members of the 'Occupy Tallahassee' movement celebrated their own version of 'Buy Nothing Day' Friday. The group held a free market where anyone could pick up or donate goods free of charge.

"It was a functional alternative to actually going out, camping in front of large institutional retailer stores and buying and going into debt," says Ralph Wilson of the Occupy Tallahassee movement.

Wilson says the goods at yesterday's free market ranged from toys, to clothing to food. He says he would like to see free market held regularly.

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  • by Freddie on Nov 27, 2011 at 05:43 PM
    Imagine if all business shut down every time the gummint gave their people the day off. It would truly be a buy nothing day.
  • by Steve Location: Not in Marietta on Nov 27, 2011 at 05:28 PM
    I told you folks when this occupy thing started, they would have absolutely no direction and not one cause but many. I was informed by bloggers that I was just too hard boiled, for this crowd, well let's just see what we have now...Causes: Immigration laws war on drugs tuition wall street unemployment compensation healthcare tenure greenhouse gasses coal burners fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Prison overcrowding classroom overcrowding infrastructure banks bailouts and stimulus plans. Green jobs solar power police brutality pepper spray and animal rights. Big oil British Petroleum the Gulf of Mexico illegal trafficking of drugs to within our borders Pakistan Afghanistan Iraq Indonesia and Australia(troops deployed). Department of Homeland Security fuel prices food prices morgage rates, and forclosures. That's enough for now. Seriously folks, go talk to these nimrods, and you will see just what they are thinking (and what EACH and EVERYONE is protesting.) Thanx.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Nov 27, 2011 at 01:49 PM
    The "Occupy Tallahassee" movement is a fraud! I saw a bunch of young people using cell phones and texting at this event. Those kids don't know what the heck they are doing or what they are protesting at all. It definitely is not consumerism!
  • by kaye on Nov 27, 2011 at 11:29 AM
    If you want to give your stuff away then look for a Freecycle group in your town. Stuff stays out of the landfill and is put to good use. As for "Buy Nothing Day" I don't think that worked out!
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      by Anonymous on Nov 27, 2011 at 06:19 PM in reply to kaye
      Pick one of the busiest days to "buy nothing" and see if the retailers see a difference?
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        by Anonymous on Nov 28, 2011 at 08:51 AM in reply to
  • by Anonymous on Nov 27, 2011 at 08:49 AM
    I have little choice but to practice "buy nothing" for over 200 days of the year since my health insurance premiums doubled last year - I can`t afford to impulse buy.
  • by Eddie Location: Tallahassee on Nov 27, 2011 at 07:59 AM
    Wish I would have known about this in advance . As my son grows older and bigger I have a lot of gently used cloths and toys I would like to get rid of . Better to give them to someone that can use them than throw them away . By the way I refuse to donate them to Goodwill .
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      by Lisa on Nov 27, 2011 at 04:14 PM in reply to Eddie
      I don't contribute stuff to Goodwill either. I donate it to the Lighthouse. If somebody's going to get it before it goes on the shelves, I'd rather it be the girls that live at Lighthouse versus jail birds doing community service at Goodwill.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 27, 2011 at 06:17 PM in reply to Eddie
      So just because you will not donate to Goodwill, you throw them out? Seems like you need to use the yellow pages because there are a lot of other places or you could freecycle them.
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