It’s Thanksgiving weekend. We know you’re still thinking about all the food. The turkey. The dressing. The pumpkin pie. Yummo.
But we’re willing to bet you’ve also got shopping on the brain.
After all, when Thanksgiving hits, the countdown is ON to get that Christmas shopping done. No doubt are you anticipating standing in lines this weekend or ordering online to keep your status as best Santa ever.
But as you’re making that list and checking it twice, we hope you’re making plans to spend a few dollars with as many local retailers as possible, especially on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25.
Small Business Saturday is an annual shopping tradition dedicated to supporting small businesses and celebrating communities across the country. It is part of a larger trend across the country to buy locally — to infuse communities and downtowns with the energy and entrepreneurial spirit that has waned in the last few decades with the rise of e-commerce and large retailers.
At Words to Live By, we believe in that entrepreneurial spirit and the great vibes the shop local movement creates for communities. Here are just a few reasons shopping local is a great idea:
More money stays in your community.
For every $100 spent with a local retailer, $68 of it stays in that community, as opposed to $43 if that money is spent with a big box retailer.
Small businesses give back, and more.
Studies show businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, and teams compared to big businesses.
Buying locally builds a stronger local economy.
The money you spend will create local jobs and grow the local tax base, meaning more support for the services your community needs.
A strong local economy promotes higher social and civic engagement.
Studies show that communities with more locally owned businesses have more engaged citizens who are motivated to solve problems and help the community become more sustainable.
Last but not least, when you buy something from a small business, an actual person does a happy dance!
OK, so may be we don’t have any studies to back that up, but we have a pretty good feeling it’s true. ;)
Hope you had a happy and blessed Thanksgiving, friends!
Don’t forget to fill those stockings with some WTLB inspirational apparel! Use the code BLACKFRIDAY on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday to get 10% off your purchase!