The so-called "Black Friday." The first official shopping day before Christmas. When news media report on feisty women punching each other to be the one to grab a widescreen TV or an X-Box gizmo. Overly tattooed and beefy guys slugging it out over parking spaces. You will not find me anywhere near a mall or a big box store between now and the new year. Instead, I delight in finding vintage (aka "used") items in thrift shops and at white elephant sales. Like this box of clip-on bow ties recently snagged for $3 at a nearby Armenian church bazaar.