Small Business Saturday: Shop small, shop local

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While big box retailers are enjoying revenue from Black Friday sales, smaller businesses are hoping customers will visit their establishments Saturday.

Small Business Saturday was created by the U.S. Small Business Administration to encourage shoppers to celebrate and support smaller, locally owned establishments.

The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday for its potential to help merchants make a profit, but the shopping and deals continue throughout the weekend.

According to the administration’s Web site, some 100 million people in 2011 came out to support small businesses in local communities on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

The dealers at Countryside Antiques in Braselton will be offering 10 percent to 30 percent off on Saturday. Light refreshments will also be available. There will also be gift certificate drawings throughout the day.

Call 706-824-7204 or visit www.countrysideantiques.net where you can print out an email for an additional $5 off any purchase of $25 or higher.

Donna Cannella of Countryside Antiques urges you to also support other community’s other antique shops, A Flea Ant’ique, Braselton Antique Mall and Braselton Gallery. Braselton Antique Mall is currently providing prize drawing tickets with purchases that will put you into the Christmas eve drawing for great prizes. This renews the tradition begin at Braselton Brothers Store. Visit the Braselton Antique Mall website for more information.