Padua 360

Black Friday vs Small Business Saturday

A Black Friday sign from local boutique, Shop Mamie.

A Black Friday sign from local boutique, Shop Mamie.

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Each year at Thanksgiving, thousands of people anxiously await the discounts and sales that will be in stores the next day, Black Friday, kicking off the Christmas season. What some people do not know is that for many stores the sales continue into the next day: Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday was started by financial company American Express to encourage people to “Shop Small” and support local businesses. In many cases, these independent stores have even greater discounts on Saturday than they do on Friday, hoping to draw more attention to their locations.

Here are some of the basic facts about both of the shopping days:

Black Friday

  • The day after Thanksgiving
  • Some stores start sales on Thanksgiving night
  • Many large retailers have big sales
  • Very busy with long lines
  • Usually marks the first day of the holiday shopping season

Small Business Saturday

  • Two days after Thanksgiving
  • Supports local business
  • More personal shopping experience
  • Extra day of sales after Black Friday
  • Sometimes extra deals on top of the ones from Black Friday

72 percent of U.S. consumers now know about Small Business Saturday.”

— Catherine Clifford, CNBC

Small Business Saturday, although not as well-known as Black Friday, has been gaining popularity over the past few years. Public figures, mainly those in politics, have been endorsing this day, bringing it to light in the eye of the average consumer. According to CNBC, as of 2016, “72 percent of U.S. consumers now know about Small Business Saturday.”

When asked which shopping day they prefer, Padua students seem to favor Small Business Saturday over Black Friday. Senior Grace DiGiovanni says, “Small Business Saturday is so much fun! It’s a lot less crowded than Black Friday and there’s always different stuff in the smaller stores that you wouldn’t be able to find in the big retailers.” However, some people do like the excitement the comes along with Black Friday: senior Lily Moon says, “I love the rush that you get when you’re at the mall at midnight on Black Friday. It’s always so exciting rushing through with the crowds, but it definitely can be a little stressful.”

Aside from both of these days, shopping can be done from the comfort of home on Cyber Monday, which is also filled with many discounts on online boutiques and websites.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

About the Writer
Dani F. '18, Reporter

What grade are you in?

  • I’m a senior at Padua.

What is your favorite food?

  • My favorite food is sushi, especially at Lily’s Asian Cuisine in Kennett Square, PA (on Tuesdays for all you can eat, of course). I’m really not that picky when it comes to food though so I’ll eat almost anything that’s put in front of me; I’d definitely be okay living off of only ice cream and salad for the rest of my life though.

Favorite music?

  • I pretty much like any type of music, but I would probably say I listen to alternative the most. I’m a singer and I play four instruments so music is a huge part of my life. I’m also friends with a bunch of people that are already in the industry (and getting pretty well known) so it’s safe to say that at any time of day, I’m probably listening to music.

Why are you taking journalism?

  • I’m really interested in communication arts and am thinking of taking it up as a minor in college, which is why I thought journalism would be a perfect fit into my schedule. I’ve always wanted to do into something in the multimedia field, so this is definitely a great choice for me.

Best advice you’ve ever received?

  • The best advice I’ve ever received is to try everything at least once because you’ll never know what you might have missed out on if you don’t.
Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Student News

    Service Opportunities to Consider for Your Next Visit

  • Black Friday vs Small Business Saturday

    Student News

    Padua: 1961 is not so different than 2018

  • Black Friday vs Small Business Saturday

    Student News

    Easing Back into School

  • Black Friday vs Small Business Saturday

    Spirituality & Service

    A Closer Look Into the New Chapel

  • Black Friday vs Small Business Saturday

    Student News

    Many Pieces at Peace

  • Black Friday vs Small Business Saturday

    People

    Members of the Padua Dance Team Share Their Experiences

  • Black Friday vs Small Business Saturday

    Student News

    First Community Homeroom of the Year

  • Black Friday vs Small Business Saturday

    Multimedia

    Suicide Prevention at Padua: Starting the Conversation

  • Black Friday vs Small Business Saturday

    Student News

    Flashback to the Friday Dance

  • Black Friday vs Small Business Saturday

    Student News

    Why Is Convocation Important

Your Source For All Things Padua
Black Friday vs Small Business Saturday