Buy Nothing, Make Something!

This year, Amos House is endorsing “Buy Nothing Day” on Black Friday, November 25th. We invite everyone to participate with us! On this day, Occupy Nashville will be hosting flash mobs at stores and malls around Nashville that are fun, creative, and thought-provoking.

The first wave of flash-mobbers will meet at Legislative Plaza at 10:00am to carpool to various stores. This group will be out until around 2:00pm. The second wave of flash-mobbers will meet at the Plaza at 3:00pm and will be out until around 6:00pm.

Our consumer culture is increasingly interfering with holidays that should be encouraging love, fellowship, sharing, and hospitality. We lament this loss. We lament the fact that people are so gluttonous for more and more that they will trample other human beings just for a deal. We lament that many of the items we buy and consume were made in sweat shops and factories in third world countries where the workers are abused, exploited, and face severe health and safety hazards. So this year, let’s take back our holidays. Let’s wean ourselves off of mega corporations, put our money back into the local independent economy, and live for a different kind of future.

After celebrating “Buy Nothing Day,” we’ll celebrate “Make Something + Shop Small and Local Day” on Saturday, November 26th. From 12:00-1:00pm and 3:00-5:00pm, Occupy Nashville will host workshops and teach-ins on how to make your own gifts at Legislative Plaza. We’ll also encourage our community to support local business owners and shop small and local!

Saturday’s workshop schedule (more details to come):

12:00-1:00pm, Crochet 101 where participants will learn the basics. We’ll work with yarn and plarn and learn how to make water-bottle holders, pot holders, scarves, and wash cloths.

12:00-12:45pm, Candy Gifts. We’ll make novelty candy gifts that are perfect as stocking stuffers or teacher gifts. On the menu: Snowman Soup, Reindeer Poop, and Candy Cane Puzzles.    

3:00-4:00pm, Crochet 101 where participants will learn the basics. We’ll work with yarn and plarn and learn how to make water-bottle holders, pot holders, scarves, and wash cloths.

3:00-4:00pm, Make Your Own Notepads. We’ll make personalized notepads using recycled paper. These notepads are easy and fun to make and are the perfect small gift to give to a friend or keep for yourself!

Please come join us!

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