Represent my friends, represent . . . I will stay here and ease my way into the weekend. I am still too full from the Thanksgiving food to move too fast or try to squeeze into a pair of jeans or be dressed in anything that is not stretchy or flannel! I will glide into my shopping this weekend on Saturday and go to all the unique little shops that offer individualistic shopping ideas. I always work hard at keeping my dollars locally. I know I can drive across town, or to another city to get a better deal, but for me, the better deal is to keep the tax dollars in my town and support small, local merchants. They are the heart and soul of our communities and deserve the business. Supporting them out weighs getting the deal sometimes. So, in your shopping frenzy this weekend, ask yourself, “Does that big, giant store deserve my money, or the guy down the street?” We are all trying to save money, but some things are worth the couple extra dollars spent. I would spend that in gas to get to the big savings. It is easy for me to make the choice. Being thrifty is smart, but so is shopping small and local . . . they are our neighbors.
There has been a big splash of commercials lately about shopping small this Saturday. American Express has ran a great campaign about this and I salute them and their effort to bring this to the attention of Americans. I went to their website to see what it looked like and was quite impressed with the number of businesses signed up for this in McKinney and Collin County. There were some unexpected businesses . . . attorneys, plumbers and businesses I would not necessarily think about shopping for this weekend and equally unexpected were the ones like Horse and Rider & Collin County Feed and Seed, a western clothing/gear shop east of McKinney on Hwy 380 and a feed & seed just east of the historic square in McKinney. We have the link below for you to check out the McKinney Shop Small. American Express has something for most cities.
My blog partner and I have worked very hard, year round, promoting those hole in the wall, unexpected treasures that small businesses offer. We have hit the tip of the shopping iceberg and hope to continue our quest for quirky, cool places to go. This is natural for us to promote.
Saturday try to go out of your way and look in that hardware store down the street, they are having bargains just like the giants. Those are our grandfathers and uncles working those isles. Walk into the little boutiques, you may find that perfect treasure for a loved one or coworker. McKinney’s last antique mall, Antique Company Mall has something for everyone who loves nastalgia. This is really shopping small! It’s not just supporting the mall, but the individual dealers who have booths in there.
Maybe, just maybe, enjoy the holiday shopping experience without the push and surrounding yourself with the frenzied throngs of shoppers. Don’t buy into the pushing, rushing and finding disappointment in missing the next hot deal. Go out yourself or take your kids, mom, dad or grandfolks to experience the joy of being together. It can be a day to remember, laugh at the things you would never get each other and hope you find that treasure that would be perfect. Lose yourself in the sentiment of the day. It isn’t always about the gift itself, maybe the journey counts for something too.
Eat at the individual or mom & pop places you have driven by but always wanted to check out. The fast food will be there next week. This is the time. Seize the holiday moment and let the shopping & gift choices have a little organic or intuitive drive to them. The right gift can feed an individual’s soul. That true feeling of appreciation will feed yours, as the gift giver, as well.
Below are several links to kick off your “Shop Small” journey. Shop Small, Shop Local, Shop Often!