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Atlanta’s Black Friday Deals & Small Business Saturday

 

shop small 2014Black Friday marks the official start of the holiday shopping season. My Black Friday-prep tradition used to involve reading the ads in the Thanksgiving Day paper while the girls watched the dog show.

This year–like last–I’m not getting involved with the Black Friday hoopla at all. Maybe I’ve officially turned old. Maybe it’s the year I’ve had. I don’t know. I do know that on Thanksgiving, I’ll be spending the morning making pies & stuffings & such. On that note, I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. For some of you, like for me, this year has been a rough one. In my family, we buried the woman who has been like a second mother to me last week (ovarian cancer is cruel), I’ve seen other family members struggle with finding work in this economy, & more. We will get through.

To the point of this post: I’m shopping small this year. And by small, I mean that almost every present for my friends & family will be something created by a local artist or sold by a small business. To that end, I’m not rounding up the Black Friday freebies. As more & more retailers open on Thanksgiving & the holidays become more consumer-focused, I’ve had enough. If you want to take advantage of a few deals, our friends at Living on the Cheap will be covering Black Friday in a bit more detail this year.

For online shoppers, now’s the time to check out the early bird sales & limited-time deals offered during Amazon.com’s Black Friday Week.

I’ve already bought about 75% of this year’s gifts from local businesses & artisans. Want to join me? Here are a few places to add to your list:

And a reminder: Saturday, November 29, 2014, is Small Business Saturday. Not only will many small businesses offer sales to get you in the door, but if you enroll your eligible American Express card & spend $10+ at a qualifying small business on November 29, 2014, you’ll get a $10 credit on your American Express statement. Even better: You can take advantage of the deal up to three times on Small Business Saturday, letting you spread the love to three small businesses & stretching your savings. The deal excludes corporate & prepaid cards. I’ve taken advantage of this deal everywhere from Eddie’s Trick Shop to The Beehive, and it works as advertised. I’ll be enrolling my card again this year & shopping on Saturday.

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