Michaels arts and crafts retailer is once again celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day by giving unsuspecting customers a free gift card and encouraging them to pay it forward with another act of random kindness. On Sunday, Feb. 17, more than $100,000 worth of gift cards will be handed out at Michaels stores in the U.S. and Canada.
Michaels is encouraging customers to share their random acts of kindness on the retailer’s Facebook page as well as on Twitter and Instagram (using the hashtag #RAOKDIY.)
Though the next major holiday is Valentine’s Day on Thursday, retailers will soon begin advertising discounts for President’s Day – what some in the industry consider the first major sale day of the year. According to dealnews.com, a deal roundup website, some of last year’s President’s Day sales started nine days before the holiday and most kicked off five days in advance. This year, President’s Day is Monday, Feb. 18, so we should see sales start around Valentine’s Day.
Apparel is the most discounted item, the site found. Last year, clothing accounted for 30 percent of sales. Home furnishings, accessories, mattresses, patio furniture and electronics were other popular sales items.
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