Happy Black Friday, creative souls!

Today is more than just a shopping spree—it's a tale of chaos, cheer, and a splash of history. Before we delve into the story behind Black Friday, here are our discount codes:

Enter the code BLACKFRIDAY2023 at checkout to save 15% off tickets, or GIFTFRIDAY2023 to save 15% off gift cards. Valid until midnight tonight (Friday, 24th November 2023).

So, here's the scoop: Black Friday is traditionally the Friday after Thanksgiving, signalling the start of the Christmas shopping period, but the origin story that retailers tell about transitioning from operating at a loss (in the red) to finally turning a profit (in the black) after Thanksgiving is not entirely accurate.

The real roots of Black Friday go back to the 1950s in Philadelphia, where the police force used the term to describe the crazy post-Thanksgiving chaos, when suburban shoppers and tourists flooded the city before a big football game, creating a whirlwind of traffic, crowds, and, unfortunately, shoplifters having a field day.

By 1961, "Black Friday" had become a thing in Philly, and they even tried renaming it "Big Friday" to shake off the negative vibes. Fast forward to the late 1980s, and retailers nationwide found a way to turn Black Friday into a positive shopping extravaganza. The "red to black" concept was revived, suggesting that the day marked the point when stores finally turned a profit.

Now, Black Friday has morphed into a week-long sale giving birth to shopping siblings like Small Business Saturday/Sunday and Cyber Monday.

Now, you might wonder why a Kiwi company like Paintvine is jumping into this American tradition. Well, here's the deal: we believe in the power of creativity for a happy, healthy life. As Christmas looms (can you believe it's just a month away?), the holiday chaos can be overwhelming.

That's why we're offering a one-day sale with 15% off all tickets and gift cards. The cost of living crisis is effecting us all, and we think that socialising, getting creative and supporting the local bars and pubs that host our events is more important than ever.

For Paintvine, Black Friday isn't just about discounted experiences; it's an invitation for individuals, friends, and small work teams to come together and create something uniquely beautiful.

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