It is hard to believe we about to enter the thick of the holiday season.
Between stressing over midterms and bemoaning our lack of sleep, it would appear we just glanced up from our books to find the holidays staring us right in the face.
We all know what that means: ‘tis the season for hot cocoa, trimming the tree and, you guessed it, shopping.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner, so we all better act fast if we want to finish our strategies for the shopping mayhem soon to ensue.
In an effort to help you on your way, here are some Black Friday deals for the music lover on your list, even if that person happens to be yourself.
A music store, which is 121 years old this year, Schmitt Music stores are largely distributed in Minnesota.
Luckily for us, however, we have the privilege of having one here in Fargo on 13th Avenue SW in the Village Shopping Center.
One of the great things about Schmitt Music’s sale is that it is every Friday in November, so if you don’t feel like braving the crowds and crazy drivers on Black Friday itself, you have the Friday after to calmly waltz in and snag the same deals.
What do they have on sale? Thirty percent off “Guitar Methods” instruction books, a deal on ChordBuddy (a “Shark Tank” winner for teaching both young and old how to play the guitar), 40 percent off capos (fret clamps), $10 coupon when you sign up for music lessons of any kind and even 80 percent off Breedlove and Bedell acoustic guitars.
Plus, they add new sales every Friday.
Record Store Day — Black Friday
Vinyl sales are at a 25-year high this year, and the trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
With a revived interest in vintage, retro and all things nostalgic, cassettes are even making a comeback.
Know someone who is head over heels for vinyl? Do you have a fever only vinyl record shopping can fix? Then you are in luck this holiday season with the installment of Record Store Day — Black Friday Edition.
Due to the wild success of the April Record Store Day, a Fall Black Friday edition was started a few years later.
What stores should you hit up?
Mother’s Music in Moorhead is planning for a huge turnout, offering extra incentives such as free coffee and donuts, free CDs, 45s and cassettes and even free incense. On top of these free goodies, they have a lengthy list of all the exclusive Record Store Day music they have requested for the big day. Throw in storewide sales and an early opening at 9 a.m., and it is hard to beat.
If you don’t feel like traveling far off University Drive, stop by Vinyl Giant for their Record Store Day deals.
Located just off University Drive on 13th Avenue, Vinyl Giant is a small store with an impressive collection and passionate staff.
Comprised of a healthy mix of cheap and pricey records, there is bound to be something for everyone. On top of that, they repair and sell vintage record players, speakers and stereo receivers. Just like Mother’s Music, they will have exclusive Record Store Day box sets, deals and music. Plus, they open an hour earlier than Mother’s.
Both stores have Facebook events created for them with further information.
Amazon is already known to have everything you have ever needed, plus quite a bit you didn’t. Prepare yourself to add musical instruments and accessories to this list.
Searching for the perfect ukulele? Amazon has select brands at 20 percent or more off.
Need a new bass or guitar amp? Perhaps a keyboard? Amazon is offering 30 percent or more off deals just for you. Even instrument accessories are taking a 15 percent or more price cut.
With the ease of home delivery, you can get your shopping done while watching Hallmark movies and sipping hot cocoa.
All musicians and aspiring musicians should know about Reverb. It is kind of like Etsy for musicians and music lovers.
Need some new effects pedals? Reverb will have a selection of vintage and new. Microphones, cymbals, amps, custom guitars, it’s all here.
Another added perk? Interesting music articles galore. In the past, Reverb has put on a 10 percent off coupon, but you will have to wait and find out the day of. Either way, it is worth checking out.