11/21/2012 11:11 am ET Updated Jan 21, 2013

It's Shopping Time: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday

The rules of Black Friday are changing. This year, everything's been early, early, early, with online sales starting on Wednesday, and stores like Lord & Taylor happily opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day. Cyber Monday is still a part of all the marketing, but now it really means zilch: people are no longer waiting until Monday to shop the web on their lunch break -- they're doing it after work, after dinner and after sex! Markdowns may very well be steep this season. At Lucky, we are already seeing huge discounts on accessories, offering handbags from Michael Kors, Donna Karan New York and Dooney & Bourke at a fraction of regular prices. And who doesn't want a new bag for the holidays!? (Really, I haven't seen these kinds of sales since 2008 or 2009, when we were in the depths of the recession.) Big department stores are already reducing prices of fall merchandise by 40 percent. Which means by the time December 26 rolls around, you'll likely be able to score high-end designer duds for 70 percent off regular prices. But what I'm really excited about this weekend is Small Business Saturday, an initiative launched by American Express in 2010 that encourages folks to get out there and support small businesses in their community. I'll be spending that day shopping in my own neighborhood of Red Hook, where small businesses like Baked (a cookie shop) and Erie Basin (a vintage jewelry boutique) were nearly devastated by Sandy. I encourage everyone to visit the independent shops in their town -- there's so much good stuff! Of course, sifting through all these discounts and deals can be daunting. My team rounded up the Black Friday and Cyber Monday -- or whatever you want to call it! -- deals we're most excited about: