Thanksgiving Day is followed by the infamous “Black Friday” – a day when people wait in line for fantastic deals and head out shopping during hours they usually are sound asleep. If you are one of these folks, I salute you!
My Thanksgiving weekend shopping preference has come about in recent years, and really just sheds light on something I’ve been doing all along, and that’s “Shop Small Saturday”. It’s a day set aside the Saturday after Thanksgiving to draw attention to the importance of shopping locally at brick and mortar stores. It’s the businesses owned by your neighbor, those you seek out when you need a silent auction donation, membership to your organization and the ones you wish you had when they are gone. When you spend money with local businesses, they don’t ship your dollars out of state, they turn around and re-invest in other businesses in the community.
I also shop small because I found it is where great customer service is alive and well. Sure, there are fantastic big box stores that I know and love, but when given a chance, I will buy a gift at the corner shop any day. So I encourage you to at least consider the same. Spend a day with family and friends re-discovering the shops in your own backyard!
In closing, I want to mention how thankful we are here at Four Corners News Leader for you, our readers. Happy Thanksgiving!
Jaime Weikert is the Publisher of The News Leader of Clermont, News Leader Four Corners and Sumter Shopper. You may contact her at (352) 242-9818 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org