Judging from the sales fliers in The Breeze Wednesday, "Black Friday" got an early start this year with Thanksgiving Day specials, door busters and one-day sales.
Today's paper confirms bargain hunters can enjoy an extension of the heavy discount days through the weekend with retailers also counting on "Cyber Monday" to kick off a healthy round of on-line purchases for those who didn't want to line up in the wee hours and fight the Black Friday crowds at the stores.
Count us among the shoppers considering value.
The economy has forced us all to become more price conscious and consumers are hoping to fill gift lists without breaking the bank this year.
With Belk, Kohl's, JC Penny, Sears, Beall's, Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, Lowe's and more, there's ample opportunity to do just that this side of the river.
But bargains aren't limited to the major retailers.
Savvy quality-first shoppers and penny-pinchers alike know locally owned specialty shops and independent franchises are an additional shopping option.
Today is Small Business Saturday, a relatively new shopping holiday celebrating independents and small enterprises, which also hope to entice gift buyers as they begin their holiday push.
Last year, only this sales day's second, more than 100 million shoppers found what they were looking for by adding smaller retail stores and shops to their Thanksgiving weekend rounds, according to American Express, the driving force for the sales holiday sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Consider what the Cape has to offer this holiday season: Ornaments and collectibles. Cookies, pastries and holiday breads. Special ingredients for once-a-year dishes, deli delights, and jars and tins for hand-made gift baskets. Holiday sweaters, cocktail dresses and heirloom-potential baby garb. One-of-a-kind jewelry, pricey and not. Plants, flowers, furnishings and incidentals that will be cherished long after the holidays have passed.
Our community's various retailers remain a virtual treasure trove of the unique and what's special.
There are a lot of shopping options out there and prices have rarely been more competitive.
Whether you choose to shop at retailers big, small, or both, enjoy the search for the all the gifts on your shopping list.
Only 31 more shopping days to Christmas.
- Breeze editorial