Local shops prepare for "Small Business Saturday" deals

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - You've heard all about the sales at big retailers on Black Friday and online for Cyber Monday. Now local shops are making a push to get people out on Saturday.

Small shops are gearing up for a busy shopping weekend.

"It gets increasingly hard to compete with big box stores and their promotions and opening at midnight on Thanksgiving," Southern Belles shop owner Susie Molony said.

Now several small businesses are letting shoppers know they'll be offering big savings not just on Black Friday, but into Saturday. A shopping day that's been dubbed "Small Business Saturday."

"We're going to offer 10% off of everything as well as a percentage of our sale merchandise, which is already marked down," Copper Penny owner Penny Vaigneur said.

And as shoppers are out hungry for sales, those hungry for food may also find some cheap eats.

"Here at Verde we'll be doing $5 small business salads so that you can take a quick healthy lunch during your shopping break," Verde owner Jennifer Ferrebee said.

Shoppers say going to local shops is a different experience, but a good way to find one of a kind gifts.

"They're just doing all kinds of different things from the larger retailers. It feels a little more special," Lindsay Fleege said.

"It's cooler. It's nicer to go walk around King Street or Market Street or East Bay than just go to one of these huge warehouse looking stores," Tom Provost said.

More than 2.4 million people nationwide have pledged on Facebook to shop locally on Saturday. There is also a "Small Business Saturday Charleston" Facebook campaign to let people know which local shops are offering sales.

This year marks the second year of the Small Business Saturday initiative.

The US Small Business Administration says small businesses are vital to the economy, employing nearly half of all private sector employees. Stats also show 10% of small firms close within the first year of business.

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