Shop locally for Christmas

Shop locally for Christmas

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New2Trinity

Kittanning, PA

#1 Nov 27, 2009
My husband was reading this in the newspaper today besides Alco & the dollar type stores (and Wilkerson) where would you shop locally?
Trinitynomore

Apopka, FL

#2 Nov 28, 2009
Main Street Emporium has great antique/vintage stuff, the drug store carries gifts, Texas foods at Brookshire's for out of state relatives...

There's more, you just have to think outside the (big) box.
localshopper

United States

#3 Nov 28, 2009
For anyone who's never been in Trinity Florist and Gifts, take a look at what they've got. You'll be amazed if you've never been in there. I went in the other day and there are decorated Christmas trees all over the shop and many gift ideas. They have alot of western themed gifts, candles and even clothes and jewelry. It might save you a trip out of town.

“pay it forward”

Since: Feb 09

Location hidden

#4 Nov 28, 2009
In order to do any major shopping in Trinity, you have to be willing to pay the extra bucks. We have a big family and it is more cost feasible, for us to shop out of town, especially for Christmas.
What Is A Low Keel

Clarendon, TX

#5 Nov 28, 2009
I think the extra bucks you save by driving to Huntsville would probably be made up for in gas, and time if you believe that time is money. Huntsville/Woodlands make sense if you have to have something that can't be had in Trinity.

I loooked at Alco's online ad and the prices look pretty favorable. Not as wide a selection as Wal Mart, though.

You should read the Alco story on their website. THey strive to serve communities that have been passed by by the other chains. It'd be a shame if Alco had more faith in Trinity than its own citizens.

http://www.duckwall.com/abt_alco_stores.aspx
Deer Hunter

Campbellsville, KY

#6 Nov 28, 2009
cozy and warm wrote:
In order to do any major shopping in Trinity, you have to be willing to pay the extra bucks. We have a big family and it is more cost feasible, for us to shop out of town, especially for Christmas.
Are we talking Wal-Mart.

“pay it forward”

Since: Feb 09

Location hidden

#7 Nov 28, 2009
hahahaha....not all the time D.H.

Low Keel, I have always been a bargin shopper, and usually I find if I need more than 10 items, I actally save by going out of town to shop, and that includes the gas I use. I wish that Brookshires and other stores were more competitive, but in reality there is no comparison.

I have a elderly neighbor that is on limited income and I usually take her with me to buy groceries and other things that she needs.

Hopefully as our town gets a little bigger things will change.
Calling All Shoppers

Kittanning, PA

#8 Nov 28, 2009
Support your local businesses! While we are facing economic hard times, there are many people that have just a string they are holding onto for the sake of a local business. Shop local means that there are services here (besides grocery) that need your business to keep the shops open. Auto Service,Tires,Hardware,Gift Shops, Florist,Liquor Stores,Restaurants,Drug Stores,Dry Cleaning, Hair and Beauty, Nails,Tanning, Health Supply,Radio Shack, and for some Bars. While you may save a dollar or two and have more opportunities in Huntsville, Lufkin and Conroe...Remember that this town can NEVER grow if the employees of many of the above listed options have hours cut or even laid off from lack of business. How much is it really costing you? On average, once a small town goes into a crunch there are considerable job losses, spiked unemployment that tax payers are responsible for in the end and an overall across the board decline in local economic impacts for those that believe keeping the money at home is more important than supporting "Big Business" that could care less if you are getting faulty products, have to stand in line forever and have no recourse of remedy. I would like all of you to look at the following link and think of Trinity Texas when you are watching this. Some may have seen the movie but it is indeed vital to small town survival. Now, I am done ranting but before there is "Change" in a small town the entire local government needs to open eyes and listen to others on how to make better community for all. There is a couple of people that are on our council or as I have heard in the past "Founding Fathers" that get really excited to have someone inquire about bringing new business to the area to help the economy and create jobs then the majority creates turmoil and stops the process dead in it's tracks all because they "like it the way it is" and constantly create issues for prospecting business. There are many businesses that wanted to come to the area and for one reason or another they are not allowed, banned or a competitor of a "founding father" and they are turned off by the mere complex and outright challenge they face. So when you go out to get your car serviced,haircut, hardware,auto parts,eat at a restaurant or looking to fill a med look at home first. They are the ones that have chosen to invest in our community not the big retailers and chains. Why do we want the tax revenue from sales tax going to another county? Isn't there a road you can think of that needs to be fixed, school that needs repairs and perhaps more senior center funding to assist our seniors? Think before you waste the fuel to give another county the revenue from your purchases.
Here is your link !

“Anti-Authoritari an”

Since: Oct 07

Deeply Rooted In East Texas

#9 Nov 29, 2009
The full documentary the clip came from:

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/wal-mart-the-h...

“pay it forward”

Since: Feb 09

Location hidden

#10 Nov 29, 2009
Thanks wise one, I have watched this documentary a few times. As I have posted in previous threads, I am not a fan of Walmart. I used to be a Walmart shopper until a few years ago.

Calling all shoppers, I do get my car serviced in Trinity, buy meds here, eat at the Resturants, support local events, and pay dearly in taxes to the county. When it comes to clothes, food, and most gifts, sorry, but I'm outta here. With the family my size, I am saving more than just a dollar or two. Very recently I was at Alco, a toy my little one wants for Christmas was priced at 56 dollars, I looked online to see what Walmart and Target had it listed for. Walmarts price was 47 dollars, and Target had it for for 48.88. I paid a little extra and bought it at Target. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but when buying for more than several children,it adds up.

“Anti-Authoritari an”

Since: Oct 07

Deeply Rooted In East Texas

#11 Nov 29, 2009
cozy and warm wrote:
Thanks wise one, I have watched this documentary a few times. As I have posted in previous threads, I am not a fan of Walmart. I used to be a Walmart shopper until a few years ago.
Calling all shoppers, I do get my car serviced in Trinity, buy meds here, eat at the Resturants, support local events, and pay dearly in taxes to the county. When it comes to clothes, food, and most gifts, sorry, but I'm outta here. With the family my size, I am saving more than just a dollar or two. Very recently I was at Alco, a toy my little one wants for Christmas was priced at 56 dollars, I looked online to see what Walmart and Target had it listed for. Walmarts price was 47 dollars, and Target had it for for 48.88. I paid a little extra and bought it at Target. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but when buying for more than several children,it adds up.
ItÂ’s a quandary. I go to WallyWorld every once in a while, but I go to Alco and the dollar stores most of the time.
Calling All Shoppers

Kittanning, PA

#12 Nov 29, 2009
cozy and warm wrote:
Thanks wise one, I have watched this documentary a few times. As I have posted in previous threads, I am not a fan of Walmart. I used to be a Walmart shopper until a few years ago.
Calling all shoppers, I do get my car serviced in Trinity, buy meds here, eat at the Resturants, support local events, and pay dearly in taxes to the county. When it comes to clothes, food, and most gifts, sorry, but I'm outta here. With the family my size, I am saving more than just a dollar or two. Very recently I was at Alco, a toy my little one wants for Christmas was priced at 56 dollars, I looked online to see what Walmart and Target had it listed for. Walmarts price was 47 dollars, and Target had it for for 48.88. I paid a little extra and bought it at Target. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but when buying for more than several children,it adds up.
No one will ever fault you for saving money where you can. It seems that too many people just bypass Trinity as a whole, unless you are just stopping for gas on your way to Huntsville. HEHE
City Guide

United States

#13 Nov 29, 2009
Hello,
I have a Online Community & Business Guide for Trinity, we have some Coupons listed, and hope to have more next week!
If you are a Business owner, or know one that would like to list a Coupon, please contact me at [email protected] There is no charge for this, we are trying to get Business owners to offer Coupons, so Town folks will keep there money in the Community.
The link to the site is www.trinitytxlocals.com
Thank you so much.

“Exposing Hypocrites 1 by 1”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#14 Nov 29, 2009
City Guide wrote:
Hello,
I have a Online Community & Business Guide for Trinity, we have some Coupons listed, and hope to have more next week!
If you are a Business owner, or know one that would like to list a Coupon, please contact me at [email protected] There is no charge for this, we are trying to get Business owners to offer Coupons, so Town folks will keep there money in the Community.
The link to the site is www.trinitytxlocals.com
Thank you so much.
I love to see money spent on smaller businesses and applaud your efforts.
Great to see some innovation and forward thinking. Kudos to you!!!
BDUR

AOL

#15 Nov 29, 2009
If you've tried Romo's you know they have the best mexican food in town.
Shirley also has a neat gift shop the prices are reasonable and you will be able to find something for everyone on your christmas list.
Stop by Romo's and take a look I think you will be suprised at just how fair the prices are.
standing tall

Texarkana, TX

#16 Dec 5, 2009
I'm all for supporting the local businesses when possible but let's face facts. You won't find any great business attire (shirts, neckties, slacks, ladies dress slacks, skirts, blazers, shoes, etc.). Also, for my children who are grown and live out of town, I try to get them gift cards. I always give a gift card to a son to Home Depot. I'm sure Wilkison's would have gift cards but it wouldn't be feasible for someone to drive three or four hours to shop in Trinity when there's Home Depots all over the large cities. I think we all appreciate the fact that the businesses here give back to the community but I also know, too, that some of these same business people can't always shop at home. They must also travel out of town to get what they need.

“Exposing Hypocrites 1 by 1”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#17 Dec 5, 2009
standing tall wrote:
I'm all for supporting the local businesses when possible but let's face facts. You won't find any great business attire (shirts, neckties, slacks, ladies dress slacks, skirts, blazers, shoes, etc.). Also, for my children who are grown and live out of town, I try to get them gift cards. I always give a gift card to a son to Home Depot. I'm sure Wilkison's would have gift cards but it wouldn't be feasible for someone to drive three or four hours to shop in Trinity when there's Home Depots all over the large cities. I think we all appreciate the fact that the businesses here give back to the community but I also know, too, that some of these same business people can't always shop at home. They must also travel out of town to get what they need.
What you say makes 100% sense. In an ideal world we would all support local businesses through and through.
Smaller towns cant offer it all but we can still try to shop them.

On the other hand I have seen a number of smaller local businesses that don't deserve patronage. It seems you have to do waht you can toi support those that deserve it...IMO
standing tall

Texarkana, TX

#18 Dec 6, 2009
We eat at the local restaurants quite frequently and I'm always running to Alco to pick up small items. I do my grocery shopping at Brookshires but I'm beginning to think that's not too wise. I can buy my favorite cereal at Walmart for half the price that Brookshires selss it for. But in all fairness, I've found a few items at Walmart that are cheaper at Brookshires. Not very many, but a few. It would be great to have a high end department store where we could get clothes and shoes but I don't see that happening in the future. I haven't been to the new dress shop in Crockett on the loop but it appears that it would carry nice clothing.
likesquality

Lexington, SC

#19 Dec 6, 2009
I agree the $ should be spent here locally when possible. But let's face it, that's not always possible.Recently I needed an item I Went to one store and they did not sell them. Then on to Alco, person who I ask a question was rude and the price was quite a bit higher than Walmart. But I kept the $ in town. Now on to Christmas gifts. Majority of the items I have purchased for my grandchildren that they have ask for could not be purchased in Trinity. Now if we had better choses that would be great. The clothing at Alco is not what alot of people wear. They do not have business atire and name brand like Old Navy, JC Penney's, Palais Royal, etc. Another example, I recently purchased something here locally and it was almost $5.00 more than at Walmart. Really,is that necessary????? If everyone wants us to shop locally, stop price gouching us. It doesn't cost that much to drive to Lufkin or Huntsville or The Woodlands. You can more than win your money back for the cost of gas when you go to Huntsville and buy groceries and then anything else you need while there.And don't get me started on Brookshires. Trinity needs more options. Money is tight with most.
Another RIO

Brookville, PA

#20 Dec 6, 2009
Just press the council and city to allow more choices for a grocery store, banks etc. Trinity has a huge resource for most times of the year and no one thinks of "Trade Days" here in Trinity to create more business for the owners, tax revenue for the city and let's not forget the income from the parking cost, vendor booths and fines for traffic violations. Why is this area so repressed? Just one example of what could become of Trinity!

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