small business saturday and maker's monday
So today is Black Friday and I'll confess: I went out shopping. Old Navy was having a 50% off everything sale and mama needed some cute maternity clothes (which don't exist, btw). I bought some craft stuff at A.C. Moore, and a stocking for Holden at Home Goods (if anyone wants to stitch her name onto it, I'm looking for you). But... I also made a trip down to Beaver Street in Downtown York, which is the hub for our local boutiques and restaurants, bright and early.
If you haven't figured it out already, I'm a pretty big supporter of buying local. I'm making a concerted effort to purchase as many gifts this year from local stores and restaurants. So the shopping days I'm REALLY psyched for are Small Business Saturday and Makers Monday.
This is the first year for Makers Monday, which encourages you to buy American-made products on December 2, and all season long. If every American adult spends just $10 on Dec. 2, that adds up to $2.4 billion injected into the American economy. Not bad for a day's work.
If you get the chance to shop local this weekend and this holiday, please do so! May your check-out lines be short and your shopping be stress-free this weekend!