Black Friday Tips and Sales

Black Friday is only a few days away and I’ve been asked to share some tips about shopping on this notorious American day!

For those of you like me, that are from outside the USA/Canada, you may be confused about Black Friday… isn’t that meant to be when a Friday falls on the 13th of the month?
Not this particular one! Black Friday is the day immediately after Thanksgiving, which is always on the fourth Thursday in November. It is commonly known as one of the biggest shopping days in the USA, with awful cases of trampling and violence occurring in shops.

Thankfully, we can take advantage of some of the epic sales from the comfort of our home. In the vintage reproduction world, especially with so many retailers being from the USA, you can expect the biggest discounts of the year to be on Black Friday. In recent years, companies from outside of the USA/Canada have also jumped on the bandwagon and offered sales.

I’ve shopped several Black Friday Sales now and always start trying to put a little bit of money aside in the weeks leading up to it. I’ve got a few tips to share AND a list of favourite retailers and their sales. This will be added to and edited as I see things come up but please do let me know if you spot anything. Pin Up Persuasion also has a list too which is worth checking out.

So, here are a few things to keep in mind…


-If you have particular websites you are looking to purchase from, look up exactly what time the sale starts and convert it to your local time if you are not from country of the websites origin. For instance, the Pinup Girl Clothing Sale starts at midnight on the Friday 27/11 Pacific Time so at 9pm on the 27th (New Zealand time), I make sure I’m settled on the couch with a glass of wine and my computer, ready to try to place a order.

-Plan your wish-list and know what items are your priority for ordering.

-Be prepared to wake up in the middle of the night to snag the items you are after. Things can sell out VERY quickly so you need to get your order in as fast as you can.

-Websites may potentially crash. Pinup Girl Clothing does every year without fail. If you want it bad enough, keep at it until the order finally is confirmed (this took me 2 hours last year). Prepare yourself for the possibility that items may sell out in your size while you are waiting for it to process.

-Double check all your PayPal details are correct- that your credit card is up to date and the primary shipping address is current. Have your credit card handy as well just in case PayPal isn’t working.

-Sometimes great discounts can be not so great once you’ve had to add on shipping. Try to pre-plan with friends to do combined orders to share the cost of shipping and get a better deal.

Also make sure you take into consideration any taxes you might be charged when the package enters your country. Sometimes instead of doing one big order, it can work better to do two smaller orders to avoid this.

-Remember than refunds/exchanges may not be possible with sales so choose wisely and size up if in doubt.


B.A.I.T Footwear  30% off
Code: ‘yayshoes30‘ (valid 26/11 PST- 30/11 PST)

Bernie Dexter – 25% off
Code: ‘BLACKfriday25’

Cats Like Us – 25% off  (until 30/11)
Code: ‘HOLIDAY25’

Collectif – …not yet announced (20% off in 2014)

Daddy-O’s –
Save 25% on $200 or more. Use code ‘HOL25′
Save 20% on $100 or more. Use code ‘HOL20′
Save 15% on any amount. Use code ‘HOL15′
(Valid until 30/11)

Doll Me Up– 25% Off sitewide / 50% off sale section
No code required (12am 27/11 MST – 11.59pm 30/11 MST)

Fables By Barrie – 40% off entire site
no code required (valid 6am PST 25/11- midnight PST 25/11)

Femme Metale – 30% off entire collection
Code: ‘SNOW’ (valid midnight 27/11- midnight 30/11)

Folter Clothing – Selected items heavily discounted
No code required

Glamour Bunny – Dresses from £10
From Nov 27th, more details to come

Heart of Haute – 15% off Sitewide
Code: ‘BlackFriday’

Jubly-Umph – 10%-70% off all items
From 27/11-30/11

Kiss Me Deadly – …not yet announced (30% off in 2014)

Lady V London – 30-60% off
No code required

Lindy Bop 50% off
no code required

Malco Modesno coupon code required
20% off all orders up to $99
25% off all orders $100-$200
30% off all orders over $200

MisKonduct Klothing – …not yet announced (20% off in 2014)

Miss Bamboo – …not yet announced (20% off in 2014)

Miss Fortune- 20% off
Code: ‘BLACK20’ (midnight 26/11- 30/11 GMT)

Miss L Fire – 15% off AW15 Styles
No code announced yet, sale starts 26/11

ModCloth – Up to 40% off selected items

Modern Pinup/ JBR Clothing – ...not yet announced (25% off in 2014)

Mode Merr – 40% off storewide
Code: ‘modemerr15’ (valid now until 30/11)

Orchard Corset – …not yet announced

Pinup Girl Clothing – 30% Off
No Code Required (valid 12.00am 27/11- 11.59pm 27/11)
Daily Dress Deal
Tuesday- 40% off Dorothy Dress
Wednesday- 40% off all Malibu Tiki Dresses

Queen of Heartz – $5-$20 Dresses from 27/11
more details to come

Rowena/RetroGlam – Pre-Black Friday sale, 20% off
Code: ‘PinUp20′

Stop Staring – Dresses starting at $40 (until 30/11)

Sugar Doll Swim– 40% Off
Code: ‘FRIDAY40’ (valid now until 30/11)

Summer Blue Jewellery – 15% off regular shop items, 30% off Sale and Destash items. Extra $10 off $75 purchases with code ‘INSTA10′ and extra $20 off $150 purchases with code ‘INSTA20’

Tatyana – 40% off
Code: ‘GIMMIENOW’ (valid until 25/11)

The Crave Yard – 30% Off
Code: ‘turkey30’ (valid 26/11-01/12)

The Oblong Box Shop – 25% Off
Code: ‘thanks25′ (on orders over $65, starting midnight 26/11)

Trashy Diva- 30% off
Code: ‘BLACKFRIYAY’ (until 27/11)

Unique Vintage – ‘OMG Week’ (new promos each day)
Tuesday 24/11- 25% off with code ‘OMG25’ + $20 Monroe Swimsuits
Wednesday 25/11- 25% off with code ‘OMG25’ + $15 Seperates
Thursday 26/11-
Black Friday 27/11-
Saturday 28/11-
Sunday 29/11-
Cyber Monday 30/11-

Voodoo Vixen – 50% off Sitewide (excluding ‘New In’ section)
Valid from 25/11- 29/11

What Katie Did – 25% off 
Code: ‘friday02’ (starting 27/11)



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8 replies »

  1. Hey Ella, that would be great when you can do this again this year!
    I discovered it last year to late and it was my first black Friday Sale (I live in Germany and didn´t order much before from the outside) so I made a lot of mistakes and didn´t have anything from it. And this year I not have much money to spend and have my eyes on a lot of things especially from Collectif and B.A.I.T…
    With love, Fraeulein Bow

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