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Holiday Shoppers find deals all weekend long

Shoppers experience Small Business Saturday Shoppers experience Small Business Saturday

Experts believe this weekend will be the biggest shopping weekend of the year. In addition to thanksgiving door busters and black Friday specials, State officials like Kansas Governor, Sam Brownback declared Small Business Saturday as another opportunity for shoppers to save some money...and Joplin shoppers love to save money.

"It's fun with the family...it's become part of our thanksgiving holiday" says Nevada shopper, Marcy Fischer.

Few parking spaces remained in major retailers like Target, but local business owners are also seeing big numbers come in during what experts call - the busiest shopping weekend of the year.

"Every holiday season we see an increase in business. I think every year we've seen the same amount of growth. It's really consistent with how our year goes." says Erik Bartlett, owner of The Runaround in Downtown Joplin.

The store embraced the holiday weekend by participating in Small Business Saturday - hoping to draw in even more shoppers.

"It kind of gives smaller businesses like us a chance to compete with them by allowing us to offer better discounts" Bartlett says.

Stores like the runaround here in Joplin began their holiday specials and sales on Wednesday. Which owners say turned out to be better than they expected.

"Every season has been a little bit different on when we're busy. We can't really say what days are going to be busier than ever because this year that Wednesday was a lot busier than our Black Friday." he explains.

Shoppers like Fischer avoided the Black Friday crowd this year for the first time in 25 years.
She traveled from Nevada to experience what small, local stores have to offer.

"I didn't really see any super good deals I needed to have this year, but I think the small business Saturday is a great idea. Supporting the local shops and helping them." Fischer says.

Fischer had a daughter 6 months ago, and now hopes the traditions with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday shopping she spent with her family will carry on.

"We would go before they had the all nighters, we used to get up at 4 in the morning. We had all of our places scouted out, and we had them all marked and just by the end of the evening after about 15 hours of shopping we would be hysterical in the car. Just fun with the family." she says.

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