As we promised in our Buy Nothing Day article, we also have some ideas for shopping local on Thanksgiving weekend buy embracing the “Plaid Friday” or “Small Business Saturday” movements. Saturday is also “Indies First Day” at local bookstores.
Plaid Friday on Black Friday
Instead of paying big bucks at the big box stores, Buy It Local and the local retailers are encouraging shopping local on Plaid Friday, November 29, 2019. And seriously dress up in plaid. You will receive discounts for wearing plaid. (It seems perfect for a cold, Minnesota winter day to be wearing flannel. Now I just need to pull mine from high school out of the depths of the closet. There are so many great deals at so many of the different shops around town. Music, refreshments, and deals. You really can’t go wrong.
- The Minneapolis Craft Market will be set up a Sociable Cider Werks in Northeast Minneapolis.
- The Textile Center will have artists in the shop all weekend. Meet the Makers.
Small Business Saturday / Indies First Day
Keep the local love going on Saturday, November 30, 2019, with these Small Business Saturday and Indies First Deals. Small Business Saturday, like Plaid Friday, is another chance to support small local businesses. Indies First is celebrated at local bookstores to bring together authors, readers, and publishers in support of independent bookstores.
Place: Moore Than Dance Studio, 1220 E. Moore Lake Dr., Fridley, MN 55432
Visit Moore Than Dance studio for your chance to stock up on Holiday items and gifts from various local vendors. Children are invited to attend the Jingle Jam event ($10/child) while parents relax, shop and support small businesses. Shop Small! Contact Moore Than Dance for more information. www.moorethandance.com
Indies First & Small Business Saturday @ Red Balloon Bookshop
Place: Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul
Red Balloon Bookshop is planning all sorts of special fun, including local authors manning the Author Advice Booth.
Celebrate Small Business Saturday @ Simply Jane Studio
Place: Simply Jane Studio, Minneapolis
Have a Gift-Making Day with the family for the Holidays! The studio will have plenty of holiday-themed canvases and objects to create the perfect. Special Deal: Get a FREE Flat Canvas Board with any $50 purchase!
Mix Shopping with Fun @ Holidazzle
Place: Loring Park, Minneapolis
This year, Holidazzle will have nine flagship gift vendors alongside the Mpls Craft Market. For the kids, Santa will be there during all open hours, story time happens at 11:30am and 12:30pm and local animal rescues will be visiting with some of their rescue pets/
Support Local Artists @ Edina Art Center’s Up North Holiday Gift Gallery
Place: Edina Art Center
Find uniquely crafted gifts like the mittens, scarf and pin in the image below, all hand crafted by local artists! There will be holiday treats and a chance to win art!
- Check out FFTC’s Screen Free Gift Guide Here.
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