I don’t know about you….but I’ve been getting bombarded with commercials, catalogues, and flyers for “Black Friday” shopping. But what struck me the most this year is NOT the crazy prices and deals but how many of the retailers have chosen to adulterate and morph “Thanksgiving” into a “Black Friday” extension by starting “early shopping hours” on Thanksgiving Day. This truly saddens me as Thanksgiving is a holiday for giving thanks with your family and loved ones and now you will be caught between eating your piece of mom’s apple pie and and getting a piece of the deals from electronics or other imported goods those stores are offering. The Huttington Post mentions how several petitions have been created on website Change.org suggesting that chains keep their doors shut on Thanksgiving. One petition from a Target employee who wanted the chain to remain closed on the holiday and avoid “Thanksgiving creep” had more than 148,000 supporters over the weekend, but yet Target like many of the other USA retailers chose to open their doors early to compete with this growing trend. As a consumer and American, I see this as the epitome of commercialization of a great holiday, so I hope you think twice before leaving that football game on Thanksgiving to get those “deals” at the stores that are commercializing this holiday season to that point! I am now done with my speech for today! LOL
I actually deterred from my original post to add that speech. Any-who…what I originally started writing this post about is a great “new trend” called Small Business Saturday. You may have seen the logo in some of your local stores…Looks like this:
MiUS Collection is part of this effort to bring together consumers and shop your small businesses both locally and cyber. 🙂 This effort makes a great difference to small business many which in this economic climate have been suffering and some are at the brink of closing. So…I saw this quote on Made in the USA challenge website…(BTW…you might want to take a look at that site for Made in the USA holiday gift ideas), and it really carried the message for small businesses. So I am including it in today’s post:
I urge you this holiday, when you are going through your holiday gift list…Think Small, think Local and think USA made 😉 If anyone is looking for a holiday gift for idea, tomorrow’s post you will hear from my dear friend and author, Kelley Grealis, and she’ll talk about her novel “The Descendant.” It’s a great read, and it’s a self-published in the $10-$15 range…once again supporting your local small business and authors 😉 I realize that I just gave another one of my Millie speeches! Sorry…promise I will stick to my cute style boards, cute outfits and such on my next post. LOL!
Let me know what you think.