Holiday shopping rush begins this week

Local businesses will likely see a boost in revenue during the next few days due to Black Friday, as well as the addition of White Wednesday and even Thanksgiving Day sales.
“Several local shops are offering deals and sales. Shopping local is a way to thank your local merchants,” said Kelly Martin, director of chamber affairs for Amory for the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.
ShannAgains owner Shannon Roberts is one local merchant who plans to be open all three days.
“We will be having tons of specials and giveaways, including a ShannAgains T-shirt with a $50 purchase while supplies last,” Roberts said.
Other merchants who will be open on Thanksgiving until 6:30 p.m. include Green’s Blossom Shop, True South/Mall on Main, Lasting Impressions, Tower Loan, Pioneer Credit, Funny Chocolate, Four Seasons Tanning Salon, Finders Keepers, Haven Elizabeth, Fonda’s Salon, 4 Doors Down, Fascinations and The Rusty Cat.
Henry’s of Aberdeen will open at 8 a.m. on Friday and will feature sales on different name brands all day long.
“Also, we will have 25 percent off all jewelry on Saturday between 1 and 3 p.m., which we’ve never done before,” said owner Diane Hammack.
Robin’s Unique Boutique in Aberdeen will open its doors at 5 a.m. on Friday and offer doorbuster deals until 8 a.m. that include no sales tax, 20 percent off storewide and 50 percent off Christmas items. There will also be an iPad 4 giveaway. Throughout the rest of the day, there will be door prizes and giveaways for Earth Grace and Ronaldo jewelry, $50 gift cards and Corral and Lane boots.
“Last year we had people lined up at 5 a.m. who had been there since 4 a.m. It shocked me to see it here in Aberdeen,” said Robin Bounds, who owns the store that carries gifts, clothing, jewelry and a variety of other products.
Big retailers like Walmart and Goody’s will be open for business on all three days as well.
Goody’s will be open Thursday from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and will offer a 7 inch Android Tablet for $49.99 doorbuster. On Friday, Goody’s will open at 6 a.m. with a digital camera for $19.99 digital camera doorbuster.
Walmart will offer 32 inch televisions for under $100 and, according to store manager Tony Wilson, large crowds are expected.
“We will have 200 people working and the police and fire departments will be there to ensure a safe environment,” Wilson said.
Businesses participating in Small Business Saturday include Amory Lawn & Pool, ShannAgains, Green’s Blossom Shop, True South/Mall on Main, Lasting Impressions, Funny Chocolate, Bang Salon, Four Seasons, Finders Keepers, Fonda’s Salon, Precious Possum, 4 Doors Down, Fascinations, Down Home Gift Market, The Barber Shop and The Rusty Cat.

About Ray Van Dusen

I've been with the Monroe Journal since Aug. 2009 as a staff writer, but took the role as news editor in late 2012. I'm always looking for interesting story ideas from around Monroe County. You can reach me via email at ray.vandusen@journalinc.com.
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