In spite of the cold and the predicted rain, The Sale Barn in Troy was full of people the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It was Hometown Christmas / Small Business Saturday in Troy and Canton. And people certainly held to their pledge of shopping locally.
“People had a lot of great things to say about the event and buying local,” said Sara Hamburger, artist of Untamed Art in Columbia Crossroads. “It was very successful from an artisan’s stand point.”
According to Ruth Lee, one of the shoppers, the Sale Barn was full of Christmas spirit; you could see it, feel it and hear it!
“It was wonderful seeing all the people out shopping,” said Lee. “I saw a lot of people I hadn’t seen in a long time. And it was so nice to chat with them.”
“I thought that it was a very busy day and there was a continuous flow of people both looking and buying,” added Hamburger. “The magic of the holidays is found when you shop local.”
Other shops in Troy were open and experiencing the same holiday spirit. Some organizations were set up around town.
“Every merchant I stopped at I was able to find a nice unique Christmas gift I wouldn’t find anywhere else,” said Lee. “What a wonderful happy atmosphere it was!”
Sara Hamburger summed it all up as she said, “When you work hard to make something or produce something, and people come out to support that by buying from local artisans, it’s like the true meaning of Christmas.”