Monroe County aligns with biggest sales weekend of the year

With the countdown clock looming to roughly a month’s worth of shopping days until Christmas, this weekend poses an array of options to score holiday savings.
amp”This weekend will have a huge impact on the local economy since it’s the largest sales weekend of the year,amp” said Tony Green, executive director of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.
For the crowd-inclined, the deals begin Thursday as Black Friday continues to creep over the thin line of Thanksgiving.
Fred’s will open its doors Thursday at 7 a.m. with pre-Black Friday sales until 3 p.m. Wal-Mart rolls out a three-fold series of deals beginning at 8 p.m. with discounted prices on toys, movies, clothes and other items. Bigger ticket items such as electronics go on sale at 10 p.m. followed by a 5 a.m. Friday sale including everything from jewelry to tires.
Smaller local businesses are testing out new niches to align with the national trend. ShannAgainS in Amory will open its doors at 7 p.m. Thursday and Ashley’s Children’s Boutique and Gifts in Aberdeen will have prize giveaways every 30 minutes Friday, including two 32″ televisions.
Robin’s Unique Boutique will open at 5 a.m. Friday with sales and giveaways all day. The first 15 people in line at All Decked Out Friday morning will receive 40 percent off coupons good for anything in the store.
“The small businesses are taking the model set forth by the bigger retail chains and seeing what works in their own stores,” said Amory Main Street manager Lorie Bryant.
Several stores throughout the county will open early Friday and offer special deals throughout the weekend.
“The sales start Friday and the holiday shopping weekend ties in perfectly with out Shop Aberdeen campaign. When you shop local, you support your friends and neighbors and it’s a way of thanking them for all they do throughout the year,” said Tina Robbins, director of the Aberdeen Visitor Bureau.
In 2010, Small Business Saturday may have been started by American Express, but instead of benefiting corporate America, it’s aimed at the down home, local shopping experience.
“I really like the concept and I think a lot of people are jumping on the Small Business Saturday bandwagon. After they’re done with the big box store craziness, they can support the unique stores in the small towns,” Bryant said.
Figures indicate that 100 million people observed Small Business Saturday by shopping locally owned stores throughout the United States.
“Local business owners give back to the community and this is an opportunity to focus on supporting them,” Robbins said.