OUR VIEW: Shop local for Black Friday

Published 11:12 am Wednesday, November 25, 2020

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Black Friday is a little different this year. Sales started a few weeks ago, meaning Black Friday in 2020 might be a little more subdued than past years. It’s weird to write that sentence, especially considering that Black Friday seems to get bigger year after year.

But that’s the state of the world in the middle of a pandemic.

However, even if there’s a little less interest in all of the sales this year, we know plenty of people are going to be shopping.

The day is mostly focused on big box stores, who put huge televisions, jewelry, gaming systems and all sorts of other gadgets and gizmos at super low prices to drive sales. 

It’s hard not to be excited.

But we also encourage you to look at local retailers in Troup County, who can offer a unique gift that you’ll never find on the shelf at a Walmart or Target.  

In this year, perhaps more than any other year, it’s extremely important to support small businesses, which serve as the backbone of local communities like ours. 

The pandemic has impacted small businesses all across this country, and unfortunately, many have had to close their doors after shutting down for a brief time in the spring.

For those gifts you have to have at a big box retailer, we hope you’ll start by shopping at those stores here first. 

Walmart and Home Depot will both have holiday sales, and if you shop at our local stores, those tax dollars stay in Troup County.

Going to Newnan or Columbus means you’re helping those cities earn money for better roads and improved infrastructure.

Don’t forget to save a little money for Saturday too, which is Small Business Saturday. 

It’s a reminder of shopping small to help your local community.

Be safe as you shop this year, wear a mask, and scoop up as many good deals as you can. 

Just remember to shop in Troup County stores first on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.