Uploading a Thanksgiving blog post used to be easy. Say thank you to the collective occupations that always worked the holidays – long before anybody even thought of Black Friday. Those would be your firemen, hospital workers, police and paramedics. Or…poke fun at those who think Black Friday is the actual holiday and Thanksgiving is an opportunity to carb up before the big race for the savings. (You can see all of our serious and not so serious thank you posts by typing “Thanksgiving” into the search box on this page.)
This post is going to be just a bit different from those of years past. This year let’s thank all of our small business owners for still toughing it up and being there with some of the items you’ll never find at the mass merchandisers. This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, an opportunity to support small businesses. Except for some mega-mergers, aka takeovers, no business ever started out as a Fortune 500 company. Every business was a small business sometime. (Now that could make for a catchy little musical number, don’t you think?) And every small business has something unique to offer.
Whether a local jewelry store, a fashionable private boutique, a corner bistro, or a used book store, it’s the small business that is to variety some of the spiciest of life. Mind you, there is nothing wrong with patronizing large discount stores. It just seems that these outfits all have the same stuff. Even their private label brands are the same, just in different packaging. If you are looking for a really unique piece of jewelry don’t go to whatshisname. You’re going to have to find a real jeweler with real tools and real talent to turn your vision into a real present. Looking for somewhere to take a break during Saturday shopping that doesn’t include “Drive around to the first window?” Maybe that little diner that’s only open for breakfast and lunch is just the ticket.
In 2013 Americans spent $5.7 billion at small business retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday giving them a little of the Thanksgiving weekend shopping spree that started on Black Friday. It took until the 48th week of the year but for many that was when their balance sheet could finally be printed with black ink. Small Business Saturday was able to give the business owners something to be thankful for. The deals you can get from them can make you just as thankful.
Yep, Thanksgiving used to be easy. Burn a bird, stuff yourself with dressing, cram some cranberries, eat your sweet potatoes, veg out on the couch for a couple parades and football games, take a nap before going to bed, then call off on Friday. Today you have to decide where to shop, when to shop, should you wait in line at Store A at 5 or go for the one hour guarantee at Store B at 6. Now you have a new option to consider. Put “shopping” on your to do list for Saturday and go back to taking Thursday and Friday off. Go ahead, veg out on the couch for two days! You’ll thank us for it.
Now that’s what we think. Really. How ‘bout you.