This Thursday many of us will gather at our respective tables for Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving celebrations. Whatever your traditions, be they a day of good food and games, a nature walk after your meal or just reconnecting with friends and family over shared stories- we hope part of that tradition includes plans to shop local.
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has a long history of being a big day to start holiday shopping, for the adventurous souls who don’t mind battling the traffic and crowds. In the 1950’s that shopping would have been mostly local with few big box stores or online shopping. Today many small businesses are struggling to compete. But you have the power to make a difference!
In more recent history we have tried to focus on supporting local businesses, as this is the backbone of any town or city. A new trend towards shopping local on the Saturday following Thanksgiving has grown. And we hope it will be more than just Saturday– for the whole season and year round. Another bonus is helping to alleviate the environmental impact of buying online and from chain stores. “Locally owned businesses make more local purchases — requiring less transportation — and set up shop in town or city centers which generally means less sprawl, congestion, habitat loss, and pollution,” according to Sustainable Connections.
The impact you will make on individual families who offer unique products to their communities is huge and greatly appreciated.
From our family to yours, we hope that you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving- and happy Shop Local day!