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Local shops prepare for Small Business Saturday

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WSIL -- Small Business Saturday is one of the most important days of the year for local stores, and this year is no different. 

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is something Kelly Thornburg, the owner of Tickled Pink Boutique and Gift in Carbondale, looks forward to all year.

"It's a huge part of our Christmas sales. People are finally getting into the mode of shopping for Christmas," said Thornburg. "It's a great way for people to have the money stay in the community they purchase in."

In fact, the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce said for every dollar spent at a local business, nearly 70 cents of its stays in that same community, where it circulates six to seven times. 

Crystal Knight, of Murphysboro, shops local as much as possible.

"If you don't shop local, the stores won't be here," said Knight. "So you got to come in and buy to keep the stores here."

Knight said another reason she shops local, is because it's easier to get help if you run into problems.

"Because you can buy online, but what if it don't fit? You got to send it back," she said.

In a world where you can find almost anything online, Knight says that human connection with the local sales clerk makes a big difference.

The National Retail Federation says 7 in 10 people who plan to shop on Small Business Saturday will do so specifically to support small businesses. 

For more information on Small Business Saturday, click here.
 

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