Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has become a big deal for shoppers who want to put a dent in their Christmas list and for retailers who hope a strong holiday season will bolster their bottom line.
Since 2010, the day after Black Friday has been designated Small Business Saturday, when shoppers are encouraged to patronize local companies. The Codington County Historical Society is planning an activity on that day to help shoppers capitalize on Small Business Saturday. It’s called The Christmas Craft Crawl, and it aims to enhance shoppers’ downtown experience and raise a few much-needed dollars for the Codington County Heritage Museum.
The Christmas Craft Crawl will enable participants to visit six downtown businesses on Nov. 30 and make their own Christmas ornaments to take home and display or give as gifts. Each business will feature a different ornament, and all supplies will be provided at each stop.
The project is the brainchild of Christy Lickei, the museum’s director.
“It’s a way to support downtown businesses, support the Codington County Historical Society and get your craft on, all at the same time,” Lickei said. “You’ve got all day. You can do a little shopping, have some lunch, make some ornaments, then do a little more shopping. It makes for a really fun day.”
Crafts will be made at Gather coffee shop, Makepeace Jewelry, The Blossom Shop, Klein’s Crafts, The Painted Fox and at the Codington County Heritage Museum. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and participants can visit the locations in any order they choose.
“We’re trying to reach out to different crowd of people and get them excited about history,” said Lickei, noting that the majority of museum patrons are either children or seniors. “The nicest part is that everybody will get to take some ornaments home.
“All of the ornaments are different. We have a local artist who checks out what’s hot this season and tells us what supplies we will need to make them. Klein’s helps us track down all of the different supplies and orders them for us. So it’s very much a downtown gathering.”
Tickets are available now at Gather (122 E, Kemp Ave.) for $25. Lickei said just 100 tickets are available, so she encouraged people to get them early. “It would be too bad if you couldn’t get your ornaments because you waited too long to get a ticket,” she said.
“It’s a great thing to do if you have family in town for Thanksgiving. All the leftovers are gone, nobody’s going home until Sunday, so what can you do for fun? This is it!”
For questions or for more information, call the Codington County Heritage Museum at 605-886-7335.