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How to Support Your Local Bookstore This Holiday Season

Local bookstore

As you finalize your shopping this holiday season, why not do two good deeds at once: buy a gift your loved one will enjoy while supporting a local business.

In this article, we’ll outline four ways you can support your local bookstore.

  1. Find a Store Near You
  2. Bring a Friend to Shop
  3. Attend an Event
  4. Share About Your Experience

Find a Store Near You

The first way to support your local bookstore is to find it! While large chain stores like Barnes & Noble are often easy to spot, local bookstores are often much smaller. You may have passed one hundreds of times without realizing.

Most cities and towns have a local bookstore of some kind: if not a specific store that carries fiction and non-fiction books, then perhaps a gift shop that has books local to your town or written by local authors.

A quick Google search should turn up local stores. If not, you can likely find one by asking your friends or at your local library.

Bring a Friend to Shop

Volume of customers is important to local booksellers. When you shop, bring a friend! You’ll get to enjoy a date out with someone you care about and the bookstore will get the opportunity to make two sales.

Attend an Event

Like libraries, most local bookstores offer different kinds of events. Take a look at your store’s calendar of events to see what’s coming up.

If you have children, see if they’re doing a crafts project or activity event. If you’re flying solo, you may be interested in attending talks by local authors or showcases of local craftsmen.

Share About Your Experience

The best thing you can do for your local bookstore is to share about your experience! Post a photo on social media, tell your friends, include a handmade card. Spreading the word will bring more people and help make sure your local bookstore has a long, fruitful life.

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Hayley Milliman
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Hayley is thrilled to be ProWritingAid's Content Lead, as it gives her an excuse to think deeply about words every single day. Prior to joining ProWritingAid, Hayley spent a number of years as an elementary school teacher, which was a crash course in learning how to entertain an indifferent audience. These days, she puts her storytelling skills to use writing blog articles and working on her first novel.

When Hayley isn't hunched over her keyboard, you can find her figure skating at the ice rink or hiking with her dog.

She is the co-author of the book Museum Hack's Guide to History's Fiercest Females (which was an Amazon bestseller) and How to Build Your Author Platform on a Shoestring.

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