It is considered the busiest shopping day of the year, the pace-setter for holiday spending and a thermometer for how the economy will fare as consumers go out in search of those elusive gifts.
As Sampsonians venture out today, we hope they will consider local merchants first, both in the downtown area and throughout the city and county. We know all will be searching for sales, bargains and a day of fun, so why not start — and perhaps even end — the revelry of a day with friends and family just out your back door.
Shopping locally is important for many reasons, not the least of which is taking care of our own economy first before branching out to help the economies of other cities and towns.
Though small, we are fortunate in Sampson County to have an assortment of retails stores in which to find gifts and goodies, foods and wares that will become the brightly wrapped packages under our trees or the festive foods on our tables.
We hope stores will be crowded and shoppers will become buyers, making the day after Thanksgiving 2010 a huge success for our merchants.
Stores opened early today in hopes that crowds would be waiting just outside the door, hoping to capture some of the best deals first.
Again, we hope the lines retailers are hoping for come to fruition.
There’s no question hundreds, if not thousands, of us will be heading out to shop — and buy — throughout the day.
Wouldn’t it be nice to consider our local retailers first, remembering that buying local means pumping money back into our economy and, at the same time, helping our friends and neighbors.
Our local Chamber of Commerce is encouraging Sampsonians to buy local. We support that cause.
So, if you’re fortunate enough to have a day off work, get together with family and friends, spend the day shopping, having a nice lunch and enjoying the company of those you care about, making this Black Friday a great day for our merchants and a great day for ourselves.