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Off the Record

Getting into the holiday spirit

You know that local business owner. He's the one who donated funds for your children's extracurricular activities, or who sponsors family-friendly events in town.

Getting into the holiday spirit isn't hard to do. As soon as Oct. 1 comes around the corner, holiday d├ęcor hits the local store aisles.

This holiday season I'm going to start my shopping early. And I'm going to do that by shopping locally.

I've already picked out a few things I just can't live without, including Christmas decorations from a local non-profit thrift store, and the favorite one-of-a-kind gift you can only find in small mom and pop shops.

I love buying gifts for others, and this year I hope to buy my loved ones items that no one else has. The best way to do that is look around town at a small boutique or gift shop. Sunnyside has rare gems just waiting to catch our eyes.

Not only does keeping our money local make economic sense for our town, it also makes sense for our own pocketbooks.

When you save $5 getting the item in Yakima or the Tri-Cities, but have to spend $15 to $20 on gas just to get there, you're not only wasting gas but also time and money. Weigh the options and you'll most likely find that your neighbor has the item you need or want for a fair price.

In addition to our small gift shops and local stores, some of our thrift stores not only help you save money, but your purchase goes towards a greater cause. I'm all for fancy belongings, but I just love a good thrift store. We, in Sunnyside, have more than I can count.

So get out there early this holiday season and don't forget your local business owners.

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