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Maddy’s Message: Shop local this season

Maddy’s Message: Shop local this season
  • On November 23, 2020

By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching on Thursday, and the active pandemic, state officials are recommending people refrain from gathering to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus.

This means Black Friday shopping is looking different this year.

Major retailers started holding online Black Friday sales in October that run through December in an attempt to limit the number of customers in-store the day of Nov. 27.

With this being said, my recommendation is to make an effort to shop local, (and when possible, online!) this holiday season.

Ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • Buying gifts from mom-and-pop stores, who are struggling financially due to the recession caused by the virus;
  • Looking at what unique, handmade items small business owners on Etsy have to offer;
  • Hitting up local thrift stores to limit your amount of purchases of fast fashion that are damaging to the environment;
  • Ordering takeout from your favorite local restaurants, which might need your extra business.

Obviously, this may not be possible for 100 percent of the items your child, family members, or friends are wishing for – especially if someone on your list wants the new PlayStation 5 — but for small businesses that are struggling, every purchase helps.

The year 2020 has been tough for everyone, and I know not everyone is in a spot financially to spend the extra money to shop locally. But if you are, I strongly encourage you to do so. After all, if the world is ever in need of holiday cheer and giving back to those in need, it’s now.