Bookstore plans stop-shopping day

From Staff ReportsNovember 24, 2005 

The Friday after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, but one store in downtown Chapel Hill will be marking it by selling nothing.

Internationalist Books & Community Center will open its doors to the public as usual. But instead of selling merchandise, the West Franklin Street store will hold an afternoon of events, including a bookmaking workshop, free food and a community swap where people can bring gifts to exchange with others.

"Buy Nothing Day is a simple idea with deep implications," organizers said in a release. "It forces us to think about the 'shop-till-you-drop' imperative and its impact on the rest of the world."

The Buy Nothing Day movement began 13 years ago in Canada and has since spread around the globe, organizers said. This is the sixth year that the Internationalist has celebrated Buy Nothing Day. For a complete history of the movement, go to

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