Shop Small Business Saturday in Faulkton, South Dakota
24 Nov 2021
Small Business Saturday, held during the weekend after Thanksgiving, is a day dedicated to celebrating small businesses and encouraging consumers to shop at local establishments. Sandwiched between the frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is an opportunity for shoppers to support businesses in their towns and thereby boost their local economy.
Now in its 12th year, Small Business Saturday falls on November 27. American Express started Small Business Saturday in 2010 in the midst of the recession to give small businesses a boost. The movement gained significant traction in 2011, when the Senate unanimously passed a resolution supporting the day. Since then, Small Business Saturday has grown into a national movement, with over $120 billion in spending recorded since its inception.
Faulkton: Shop Local and Gain the Benefits
When you shop local this holiday season, you support your neighbors and build community, while keeping tax revenue and jobs in Faulkton. Sales tax revenue is the biggest revenue source for Faulkton. The funds are used to fix streets, update the airport, maintain upkeep of city properties, and support day-to-day operations. National statistics show that for every dollar spent at a small business, 67 cents stays within your local economy. In addition to helping schools and other organizations through taxes, small businesses are often the organizations that support local youth sports teams, charities, and events. Plus, local retailers are more likely to hire locally than retail chains.
The Potting Shed
The Potting Shed, Faulkton’s family-owned garden center, is in full holiday mode focusing on their signature “Winter Greens." These customized greenery creations instantly make any entryway more festive.
“The Potting Shed in Faulkton will once again be creating beautiful winter greenery plantings for you!” said Cindy Kopecky, The Potting Shed co-owner. “Just drop off your favorite planter and we will design and plant it, or choose from an assortment of planters that we have already done up for you. And as always, if you are interested in creating your own planter just give us a call and we will set up a time. Winter greenery plantings can brighten your whole mood all winter long!”
“This is the time of year we like to take time to say thank you to all of our valued customers who made 2021 such a successful year,” said Kopecky. “Small businesses have been met with many difficult situations the past year. It is the patronage and support of our local customers that makes it possible for us to continue.”
Corner Consignment and Creations
Corner Consignment and Creations features a vast array of gently used clothing, household items, furniture, homemade craft items and florals and more. Owner Deb Wilson has a passion for repurposing things to give them new life.
“First of all, we consign just about anything,“ said Wilson. “Mostly household items ranging from bedding, lamps, furniture, kitchen appliances, home decor, clothing of all sizes baby through adult. Also, shoes, outerwear, jewelry, accessories, backpacks, luggage, vintage and some antique items, glassware, picture frames, rugs, towels, etc. We have games, toys, baby furniture, books, DVDs, and CDs. The ‘Creations’ piece comes in a few areas. I am an avid crafter, specializing in floral arrangements. I have done several weddings, and other pieces made-to-order. I can make most anything a customer would like. We also have some consigners who make handmade items as well. In addition to this, I have a large scrapbook section with every kind of scrapbook paper, embellishments, and so much more.”
“I started this business in July of 2020, and the traffic flow has been much heavier this year, which doesn't surprise me with COVID. In addition, it just takes several months for a new business to ‘catch on’ so to speak. We have rolled through some big event days, such as ‘Sip and Shop,’ the annual ‘Road Show,’ as well as the popular Faulkton Arts and Crafts day. These events introduced our store to many out-of-town guests, and with those, plus our in-town customers, word of mouth caught on very quickly.”
“Another great avenue for exposure is our Facebook page. Posting pictures of new arrivals, and just random shots of the store in general, does a great job of bringing people in to look. We have many steady and repeat customers. The out-of-season items that consigners wish to donate, go to local needs first.”
“We will be running several specials after Thanksgiving and through the holiday season. For Small Business Saturday we will have storewide specials and treats, and we will have drawings for several prizes throughout the day. The weekly specials will be advertised in the Faulk County Record through the holidays. We have several Christmas items, and gift ideas.”
Wilson had these final words of encouragement to support shopping local. “Customers should check out our selection first before shopping on Amazon, or going out of town, because many consigners bring in brand new items with the tags still on them that were purchased online. The items either didn't fit, weren't the right color, or weren't needed, and rather than going through the hassle of sending them back, they bring them to consign and sell in our store. Therefore, you can purchase something that is brand new, for a much lower price. We get plenty of name brands and designer items. I am a firm believer in supporting local, and keeping our own community alive.”