Be smart when you shop this silly sea­son

The Gympie Times - - YOUR SAY - OUR VIEW SHEL­LEY STRACHAN shel­ley.strachan@gympi­

I AM off to my first Christ­mas party of the sea­son to­day so there is no point in deny­ing it – the silly sea­son is here.

The stores are fringed with Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions and rolls of wrap­ping pa­per, Nugget and Al are talk­ing about it on the ra­dio, and pretty soon lit­tle pine trees will start dis­ap­pear­ing from the forestry and the odd ru­ral road re­serve and pop­ping up in lounge rooms ev­ery­where.

This Christ­mas, be­fore work starts on the Gympie By­pass, The Gympie Times is urg­ing shop­pers from through­out our re­gion and be­yond to #getit­ingympie.

In Gympie and tucked away in the cor­ners of our re­gion are dozens of unique stores of all shapes and sizes, op­er­ated by lo­cal fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als – where the park­ing is easy, the prices are com­pet­i­tive if not lower, and where there is no big drive and no big crowds.

Shop­ping lo­cal this Christ­mas will help cre­ate lo­cal jobs and boost the lo­cal econ­omy.

There is no bet­ter op­por­tu­nity to har­ness the spend­ing power of a com­mu­nity than in the lead-up to Christ­mas, it is such a spe­cial time of the year.

#getit­ingympie this year and ex­pe­ri­ence the ben­e­fits of sup­port­ing your lo­cal com­mu­nity, neigh­bours, friends, ac­quain­tances and fam­ily. And have a Merry Christ­mas! That’s right. I said it.

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