Category: November 26

  • NATIONAL SECONDHAND SUNDAY | Sunday after Thanksgiving

    NATIONAL SECONDHAND SUNDAY | Sunday after Thanksgiving

    The Sunday after Thanksgiving, we celebrate national Secondhand Sunday to embrace secondhand gifting, while supporting secondhand sellers and circular fashion during the peak holiday shopping season.


    With the holiday shopping season in full swing, National Secondhand Sunday offers consumers a chance to embrace and reshape the perception of secondhand gifting. Today, we want to encourage everyone to consider a secondhand gift for everyone on their list.

    Why Shop Secondhand?

    Now, more than ever, there is both a need and a willingness to embrace the power of secondhand gifting. In a recent 2022 survey conducted by Morning Consult, more than 90 percent of U.S. adults are open to receiving a secondhand or resale gift this holiday season. In addition, more than half of those say they are very open to receiving something secondhand.

    The environmental benefits of shopping secondhand are also undeniable. Replacing just one new gift with a secondhand item has an impact on the environment. For example, gifting a vintage leather tote bag instead of purchasing a new one could save as much as 17,000 liters of water. That amount is what a single person would drink over 23 years!

    Join the national movement to make secondhand shopping a regular practice. In doing so, you will make choices that support individual economic empowerment, social connection, and environmental sustainability.

    Time for Secondhand to Shine

    Two out of five consumers are concerned inflation will make holiday shopping more expensive this year. Incidentally, the notion of shopping, selling, and gifting secondhand is gaining in popularity and for undeniable reasons. Some of the top reasons people choose secondhand gifts are:

    • Supports local communities and individual sellers.
    • Promotes environmental sustainability.
    • Access great deals.
    • Allows you to find unique items that may not be available on store shelves.
    • Provides an opportunity to connect on a more personal level when you shop from individual resellers.

    National Secondhand Sunday is not just for shoppers. This shopping day is for sellers, too. Secondhand sellers range from the casual side-hustler who wants to supplement their income, to individuals who have turned reselling into a full-time business. Regardless of where you might fall on the reseller spectrum, the opportunity to earn extra money to pay for your holiday gifts brings this movement full circle.

    Benefits of Secondhand Shopping

    • Helps to minimize the fast-fashion cycle and better the planet.
    • Ability to find unique, one-of-a-kind items across multiple categories.
    • Makes luxury and high-end items more accessible and affordable to shoppers.
    • Greater variety of sizes, fits and style options. 
    • Opportunity to support individual resellers.
    • It’s fun! Online resale companies and platforms are more popular than ever, making it easy to get started.

    Shopping secondhand can be a fun experience! Online resale companies and platforms are more popular than ever- making it easy to browse, ask questions, and even negotiate a better price.

    Expert Tips for Secondhand Shopping

    Learn the lingo if you are looking for high-dollar items. Researching words that identify brands names, designers, and quality material will help you narrow down your season and beyond.


    National Day Calendar announces the founding of National Secondhand Sunday to be celebrated the Sunday after Thanksgiving. This new National Day was submitted and approved in 2022 on behalf of Poshmark, the leading social marketplace for resale and secondhand items. Poshmark has taken charge of the social marketplace by empowering sellers, while giving buyers a more sustainable and unique alternatives during the holiday season and beyond.

    After establishing National Secondhand Sunday, Poshmark has set out to highlight the economic and environmental benefits of choosing secondhand items during the holidays. The company is fostering the movement to instill sustainable shopping habits year-round. They chose the Sunday after Thanksgiving because it lands within range of the biggest shopping days of the holiday season–Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. In addition, Sunday is the busiest shopping day for Poshmark, so it was fitting to choose celebration of this National Day on a Sunday, too.

    About Poshmark

    Poshmark is a leading social marketplace for new and secondhand style for women, men, kids, pets, home and more. By combining the human connection of physical shopping with the scale, ease, and selection benefits of e-commerce, they are making buying and selling simple, social, and sustainable. With a community of more than 80 million registered users across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and India, Poshmark is driving the future of commerce and promoting more sustainable consumption.

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  • NATIONAL CAKE DAY – November 26


    On November 26th, National Cake Day delivers a scrumptious treat for everyone to enjoy! Slide over pie, this day cake takes center stage as the dessert of choice. On most birthdays, the cake is topped with candles no matter their age. Showers, weddings, retirements and anniversaries, cake serves up a slice or two. Add ice cream, and you have America’s top favorite desserts in the same dish!

    Whether it’s a shapely bundt cake (celebrated on November 15) or the less curvaceous sheet cake, these sweet layered, frosting-covered, or fondant-decorated works of art scream celebration! Made from scratch, a box or picked up from the bakery, a cake sends a sweet message. They also come in many combinations and flavors, too. 

    No one can know how many. There are countless cake recipes. Some are even bread-like, others rich and elaborate, and many still are centuries old. Of Viking origin, the word cake is derived from Old Norse “kaka.” At that time, a cake’s texture was more like gingerbread due to the availability of refined ingredients. 

    Cakes typically contain a combination of flour, sugar, eggs, and butter or oil. Additionally, some variety of liquid, such as milk or water, creates a batter. A leavening agent such as yeast or baking powder helps the cake rise. Flavorful ingredients are often added, for example, chopped nuts, fresh, candied or dried fruit, fruit purees, or extracts. Though we commonly think of cake with frosting or icing, many cakes can be enjoyed with just fruit or other toppings. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCakeDay

    Grab the flour and cake pans. Get dusted up and warm the house with love. Decorate and frost them. And then, deliver it to a family gathering. You know you’ll wow them with their favorite. Cream cheese frosting, buttercream or icing. What’s your favorite? Here are a few delicious choices to try. 

    Black Forest Cake
    Lemon Pudding Cakes
    Zucchini Cake
    Pineapple Pudding Cake

    Use #NationalCakeDay to post on social media.


    While our research did not uncover the source of this day, National Day Calendar® continues researching this food holiday’s origins.

    Cake FAQ

    Q. Why does the cake recipe say to use room-temperature eggs?
    A. Cold eggs bring down the temperature of the other ingredients in the cake. For example, if you add cold eggs to a butter and sugar mixture, the butter will firm up into clumps. The eggs and butter (or other ingredients) won’t distribute evenly throughout the cake batter affecting the final texture. The cake may also take longer to bake if cold eggs are used.

    Q. I forgot to set my eggs out. What’s a quick way to warm them?
    A. Place the eggs in a bowl of warm (not hot) water for 2-3 minutes.

    Q. How do I know if my cake is done in the middle?
    A. Nobody wants an underdone or overdone cake. There are several ways to test your cake for doneness.

    • Use a cake tester. This is a handy kitchen tool that looks like a long metal skewer. Insert the tester into the center of the cake and remove it. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. If there is better or undercooked crumbs, let the cake bake a little longer. You can also use a toothpick in the same way.
    • Test for springiness. A cake will spring back when gently pressed on the top. It will be soft, but not jiggly.
    • The edges begin to pull away from the sides and a light crust begins to form along the sides.


    November 26th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


    Abraham Lincoln proclaims the national holiday Thanksgiving on November 26th.


    During the spectacular showing of the Andromedids meteor shower, astronomer Ladislaus Weinek captured the first known photograph of a meteor.


    The U.S. Patent Office issued the first patent for a refrigerated railroad car to J.B. Sutherland of Detroit, MI. Patent No. 71,423 described an insulated, double-walled car with compartments for ice at each end and gravity forced air. However, Sutherland lacked the funds to make a commercial success of his invention.


    The Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, and Quebec Bulldogs establish the National Hockey League.


    Directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca premieres in New York City on Thanksgiving Day.

    November 26th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Bella Da Costa Green – 1879

    As the private librarian for the J. Pierpont Morgan and J.P. Morgan Jr. for forty-three years, Greene expanded the collection, hosted exhibitions and lectures, and contributed to bibliography and scholarship. She also mentored others while promoting the work of other scholars and librarians.

    Mary Edwards Walker – 1832

    In 1865, President Andrew Johnson presented Dr. Mary Walker with the Medal of Honor. She is the only woman to receive the award. The dedicated Army surgeon, spy, abolitionist, and women’s rights advocate attended Syracuse Medical College with Elizabeth Blackwell, graduating second after her.

    Willis Haviland Carrier – 1876

    In 1902, Carrier invented the first modern air conditioner.

    Bill W. – 1895

    In 1935, Bill W. along with Dr. Bob founded an organization called Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Today, AA’s estimated membership is over 2 million.

    Maurice McDonald -1902

    In 1955, Maurice and his brother Richard founded the restaurant chain McDonald’s.

    Charles M. Schulz -1922 

    He is the creator of the syndicated comic strip the Peanuts that ran for 50 years. Schulz’s memorable characters, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Franklin, Peppermint Patty, Schroeder, and Pig-Pen all came to life in animated cartoons as well.

    Tony Verna – 1933

    The television sports producer is best known as the first to use instant replay.

    Tina Turner – 1939

    The 12-time Grammy Award-winning artist’s career spanned more than fifty years and garnered her the title Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

    Chris Hughes – 1983

    In 2004, Hughes co-founded the online social networking platform, Facebook, along with Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, and Andrew McCollum.