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com HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE

Only 29
shopping days
‘til Christmas

Holiday S hopping Guide


Nell Thomas, left, and Martha Gillis, right, shop for Christmas at Pizazz. Thursday, November 26, 2020
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A guide to thrift store shopping


By Garrick Hodge candlesticks, furniture and other the location in your house for
ghodge@cdispatch.com items. To help ease concerns in best results, along with calling
an era of pandemic shopping, multiple thrift stores asking if

I
n the holiday shopping Koger said the store makes sure there’s any flash sales at the mo-
season, consumers tend to all items are sanitized before put ment. Flash sales vary by store on
flock to popular retail stores up for sale. both timeframe and items sold.
like Wal-Mart, Belk and also use ‘We try to set everything up The biggest value of shopping
online ordering from services like where everybody can find ev- at a thrift store is definitely for
Amazon. erything.” Koger said. “We try to the savings, Koger said, as items
There are also other local keep it pretty organized.” sold at these locations will likely
options in the Golden Triangle: According to Amanda Henry, be cheaper than if bought brand
thrift stores. Several area stores the office manager of Starkville new at retail stores. While a
offer secondhand clothes and Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store, perception may exist of only buy-
other household goods, while customers will find the best ing hand me downs from thrift
most help raise funds for a chari- items if they time their shopping stores, Koger said a good chunk
table institution. experience closest to the biggest of the items donated are actually
“I think they’re more conve- donation deliveries. quite worthy of owning.
nient than big retail stores,” said “I would say to find out “Honestly, I think sometimes
Jessica Koger, the retail manager when they get restocked and go people don’t really realize what
at the Palmer Home Thrift Store visit them as close to that time they’re donating,” Koger said. A variety of holiday-themed merchandise sits available for purchase
in Columbus. “People can come as possible,” Henry said. “For “Sometimes people will donate inside of the Palmer Home Thrift Store in Columbus.
in here and find a name-brand example, we pick up donations (some high value items) and
shirt a lot cheaper than they on Wednesday morning, so I’m not sure people always pay holiday specials this year at their they’d like to give away.
would elsewhere.” Thursday is a good day to come attention to what they have. locations, but there could be a Other thrift stores available to
Many items can be purchased because that’s when we have all Which makes that item cheaper, Black Friday sale. Golden Triangle residents include
at thrift stores, including an- our new stuff. Being aware of and really more affordable than it Thrift stores can also be about the Salvation Army Thrift Store in
tiques, bicycles, toys, books, that in different places is the best would be if it was sold at a place giving in addition to purchasing. Columbus, Habitat for Humanity
framed pictures and more. Koger way to get the best selection.” like Wal-Mart.” Most thrift stores in the Golden Thrift Store in Columbus, Car-
said the most popular items Henry also advocated to The Palmer Home Thrift Triangle accept item donations nice’s Thrift Shop in Starkville
sold at her store in Columbus “measure and double measure” stores in Columbus and Starkville on site from anyone who has and We Got All That & Grand
are home decor items, such as furniture at the thrift store and are unsure if there will be any excessive household belongings Stylz in West Point.

The Palmer Home Thrift Store in Columbus offers a variety of merchandise available for A variety of merchandise sits available for purchase inside of the Palmer Home Thrift
purchase. Store in Columbus.
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To find that perfect gift, ... to a sleigh full !


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try these local merchants 9 GLOCK HANDGUNS – $400-$600 — GunCo, Starkville


Gifts for $75 and more

10 LIGHT UP SIGNS – $159.99-$249.99 — The Lodge, Starkville

From stocking stuffers ...


11 HUFFY WOMEN’S BIKE – $179 — Military Hardware, Columbus
12 SHERPA JACKET – $59.99 (Reg. $79.99) — Mossy Oak, West Point
13 FLORSHEIM SHOES — Park Place, Columbus
14 THE GLENLIVET XXV SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY – $436.40 — 13 14
Gifts for $25 and less Mike’s Fine Wine and Liquor, Columbus
15 TEMPUR-PEDIC PILLOW – $99 — Bedzzz Express, Columbus
1 MAKE UP ERASER – $20 — Pizazz, Columbus
16 ETTA B POTTERY – $96.60 — The Purple Elephant, Columbus
2 MOSSY OAK TECH 1/4 ZIP – $19.99 — Mossy Oak, West Point
17 FRAZIER FURS, 7 FT. - 12 FT. – $68.99-$179.99 — Walton’s Greenhouse,
3 LIPID SERUM — Vitality Dermatology, Columbus
Columbus
4 NIGHT SCOUT BEANIES – $15.50 — The Purple Elephant,
Columbus
5 JACK DANIELS (750ML) WITH HIGHBALL GLASS – $25 —
Mike’s Fine Wine and Liquor, Columbus
6 BIG GREEN EGG SEASONING – $8.99; BARBECUE SAUCE –
$6.95 — Adventure ATV, West Point
7 COOKING ACCESSORIES — Military Hardware, Columbus
8 DECORATIVE ANGELS – Starting at $8.99 — Walton’s
Greenhouse, Columbus
9 EPOCH SUNGLASSES – $21.95 — Village Cycle Center,
Starkville
10 KOOZIES AND DECALS – $2.99-$12.99 — The Lodge, Starkville
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... to a sleigh full ! From stocking stuffers ...


Gifts for $75 and more Gifts for $25 and less
11 READING GLASSES — Curtis
1 TRAXXAS CARS AND TRUCKS – $199-$239 — Village Cycle Center,
Optometry, Columbus 11
Starkville
12 BLACK RIFLE COFFEE – $14.99-
2 LAFON SILVER DIAMOND BY THE YARD – $165.95 — J. Parkerson
$17.99 — GunCo, Starkville
Jewelers, Starkville
13 ASSORTED JEWELRY, TYLER
3 OLIVER PEOPLES AND OAKLEY SUNGLASSES — Curtis Optometry,
CANDLES — Park Place, Columbus
Columbus
14 ASSORTED RUSTIC CHRISTMAS
4 BIG GREEN EGG GRILL – $1,249; TABLE – $479.95, — Adventure ATV,
ORNAMENTS – $12.99 — Hancock
West Point
Hardware, Brooksville
5 TEMPUR PROADAPT QUEEN SIZE MATTRESS – Starting at $2,999 —
15 PECAN PIES – $14.99 — Ole Country
Bedzzz Express, Columbus 1 Bakery, Brooksville
6 FALKEN WILDPEAK AT3W, COOPER DISCOVERER AT3, BFG
ADVANTAGE TA SPORT TIRES – Starting at $175 each — Lowndes County
Radial Tire, Columbus 12
7 KATIE LOXTON LONDON TRAVEL BAG – $119 — Pizazz, Columbus
8 FILLER TREATMENT — Vitality Dermatology, Columbus

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Pandemic brings uncertainty, hope for brick-and-mortar stores


As holiday shopping season
nears, local shop owners
anticipate uptick in business
By Yue Stella Yu
syu@cdispatch.com

B
y early November, Gloria Herriott
had decorated 20 Christmas trees
in her store. Wreaths hang from
the archway and the blue walls inside Hol-
lyhocks Gift Shop, a brick-and-mortar store
in downtown Columbus that Herriott has
owned for 23 years. Santa Claus dolls sit
atop a shelf next to the window. A Christ-
mas tree in the front is wrapped in so many
ornaments that one can hardly tell its color.
Herriott was preparing her store for the
Christmas open house, an annual event at
the shop that ran from Nov. 6-8 this year. Theo DeRosa/Dispatch Staff
Spice cider and gourmet cheese plate, as Courtesy photo/Alan Senter Gloria Herriott, owner of Hollyhocks Gift Shop in Columbus, which she has owned for 23
well as other southern delicacies, would Alan Senter stands in front of a shelf at years, and this year, she said the pandemic has made things a bit different. During an
be available for customers, she said, and Senter’s Hardware & Gifts, a downtown early-November Christmas open house event, she said, designated servers served re-
Macon store his family has owned for 107 freshments for customers instead of letting them help themselves. Masks are required
decorations would be on sale. and social distancing was also enforced, she said.
years. For this year’s shopping season,
Like Herriott, store owners across the Senter said he expects a fair-sized crowd.
four-county area are decorating their shops “(People) have been working on home proj-
to prepare for the holiday shopping season. ects, and then you have the government
Beverly Phillips, owner of Annabelle’s stimulus (checks), which a lot of people
Antique Mall in West Point, put up light spent,” he said.
displays and decorated the furniture at the enjoyable shopping experience, and we are
store. Alan Senter, owner of Senter’s Hard- more willing to do whatever we need to do
ware & Gifts in Macon — a family business to make our customers more comfortable,”
of 107 years — said he began preparing for McRee said.
the season in July. Despite the stress induced by the pan-
This year, however, many are decorating demic, store owners say they have seen
their businesses with a deadly pandemic in and anticipate a spike in holiday shopping
mind. traffic. In response, McRee said, her staff
At Hollyhocks, no customers would is making batches of products in case they
be helping themselves like they used to, a run out.
measure to reduce human contact, Herriott “We’ve already started making in bulk,
said. Instead, a designated server would be not just for our floor, but for back stock,”
handling the refreshments, she said. Masks she said. “That way, whenever we do have
are required for customers to enter the an outpour of customers, we’d be prepared
store, she said, and social distancing will to restock our floor.”
be enforced. Asked if they are worried about high
“We are trying very hard to make it safe, customer traffic on Black Friday this year,
but really fun, too,” she said. most of the shop owners The Dispatch Tess Vrbin/Dispatch Staff
Senter said masks will be required, talked to said they do not usually have a Windows of Magnolia Soap and Bath in downtown Starkville are decorated to prepare
and he has put up plexiglass barriers at flood of customers during the season like for the upcoming Christmas shopping season. Patience McRee, owner of the shop, said
the checkout counters. Patience McRee, big retail stores do. Senter and Herriott she and her staff are making products in bulks to prepare for a large influx of customers
owner of the Starkville branch of Magnolia both said their shops have seen more early during the season.
Soap and Bath Company, said her staff will holiday shoppers than usual, and that may have the government stimulus (checks), of hunker down. They want to go back to
also require mask wearing and sanitize help ease the traffic on Black Friday. which a lot of people spent.” the old-fashioned, happy Christmas they
the counter and high-touch areas between “Overall, our traffic has been better this “People are home more than they have remember as kids. So this year, they are
customers. As a nurse, she said, she under- year, so I’m expecting at least as good of a been in years past. They have more desire buying very traditional, very heart-ren-
stands the risk. season,” Senter said. “(People) have been to create a family Christmas … because dering ornaments and decorations. I think
“We try to make sure everybody has an working on home projects, and then you they have the time,” she said. “People kind that’s really nice.”
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... to fits under the tree ... to fits under the tree
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Gifts for $25-$75 Gifts for $25-$75


1 WINDCHIMES — Military Hardware, Columbus 11 ATV RACK PAD – $59.99 — Village Cycle Center, Starkville
2 BAR NECKLACES – $75.95 — J. Parkerson Jewelers, Starkville 12 MOSSY OAK PERFORMANCE HOODIES – $29.99 — Mossy Oak,
3 MUDPIE SERVING PIECE – $50 — Walton’s Greenhouse, West Point
Columbus 13 ALA CARTE ALICE – $30 — The Purple Elephant, Columbus
4 ANNIE GLASS HEARTS — Pizazz, Columbus 14 BIG GREEN EGG CHARCOAL – $25.95 — Adventure ATV, West
5 MATTRESS PROTECTOR, QUEEN SIZE – $49 — Bedzzz Express, 8 Point
Columbus 15 ELECTRONIC HEARING PROTECTION – $29-$59 — GunCo,
6 SUCCULENT PLANTER – $29.95 — Busy Bee Nursery, Macon Starkville
7 WOODFORD RESERVE (750ML) WITH GLASS – $36.85 — 7 16 CORDED SWEATSHIRTS – $55.99-$64.99 — The Lodge, Starkville
Mike’s Fine Wine and Liquor, Columbus 17 OBAGI VITAMIN-C COLLECTION — Vitality Dermatology,
8 CHILDREN’S SUNGLASSES — Curtis Optometry, Columbus Columbus
9 MUDPIE CHRISTMAS SERVING DISHES – $50.99 — Senters
Hardware, Macon 11 12
10 CLOTHING — Park Place, Columbus

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... to fits under the tree ... to fits under the tree
5 6

Gifts for $25-$75 Gifts for $25-$75


1 WINDCHIMES — Military Hardware, Columbus 11 ATV RACK PAD – $59.99 — Village Cycle Center, Starkville
2 BAR NECKLACES – $75.95 — J. Parkerson Jewelers, Starkville 12 MOSSY OAK PERFORMANCE HOODIES – $29.99 — Mossy Oak,
3 MUDPIE SERVING PIECE – $50 — Walton’s Greenhouse, West Point
Columbus 13 ALA CARTE ALICE – $30 — The Purple Elephant, Columbus
4 ANNIE GLASS HEARTS — Pizazz, Columbus 14 BIG GREEN EGG CHARCOAL – $25.95 — Adventure ATV, West
5 MATTRESS PROTECTOR, QUEEN SIZE – $49 — Bedzzz Express, 8 Point
Columbus 15 ELECTRONIC HEARING PROTECTION – $29-$59 — GunCo,
6 SUCCULENT PLANTER – $29.95 — Busy Bee Nursery, Macon Starkville
7 WOODFORD RESERVE (750ML) WITH GLASS – $36.85 — 7 16 CORDED SWEATSHIRTS – $55.99-$64.99 — The Lodge, Starkville
Mike’s Fine Wine and Liquor, Columbus 17 OBAGI VITAMIN-C COLLECTION — Vitality Dermatology,
8 CHILDREN’S SUNGLASSES — Curtis Optometry, Columbus Columbus
9 MUDPIE CHRISTMAS SERVING DISHES – $50.99 — Senters
Hardware, Macon 11 12
10 CLOTHING — Park Place, Columbus

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Pandemic brings uncertainty, hope for brick-and-mortar stores


As holiday shopping season
nears, local shop owners
anticipate uptick in business
By Yue Stella Yu
syu@cdispatch.com

B
y early November, Gloria Herriott
had decorated 20 Christmas trees
in her store. Wreaths hang from
the archway and the blue walls inside Hol-
lyhocks Gift Shop, a brick-and-mortar store
in downtown Columbus that Herriott has
owned for 23 years. Santa Claus dolls sit
atop a shelf next to the window. A Christ-
mas tree in the front is wrapped in so many
ornaments that one can hardly tell its color.
Herriott was preparing her store for the
Christmas open house, an annual event at
the shop that ran from Nov. 6-8 this year. Theo DeRosa/Dispatch Staff
Spice cider and gourmet cheese plate, as Courtesy photo/Alan Senter Gloria Herriott, owner of Hollyhocks Gift Shop in Columbus, which she has owned for 23
well as other southern delicacies, would Alan Senter stands in front of a shelf at years, and this year, she said the pandemic has made things a bit different. During an
be available for customers, she said, and Senter’s Hardware & Gifts, a downtown early-November Christmas open house event, she said, designated servers served re-
Macon store his family has owned for 107 freshments for customers instead of letting them help themselves. Masks are required
decorations would be on sale. and social distancing was also enforced, she said.
years. For this year’s shopping season,
Like Herriott, store owners across the Senter said he expects a fair-sized crowd.
four-county area are decorating their shops “(People) have been working on home proj-
to prepare for the holiday shopping season. ects, and then you have the government
Beverly Phillips, owner of Annabelle’s stimulus (checks), which a lot of people
Antique Mall in West Point, put up light spent,” he said.
displays and decorated the furniture at the enjoyable shopping experience, and we are
store. Alan Senter, owner of Senter’s Hard- more willing to do whatever we need to do
ware & Gifts in Macon — a family business to make our customers more comfortable,”
of 107 years — said he began preparing for McRee said.
the season in July. Despite the stress induced by the pan-
This year, however, many are decorating demic, store owners say they have seen
their businesses with a deadly pandemic in and anticipate a spike in holiday shopping
mind. traffic. In response, McRee said, her staff
At Hollyhocks, no customers would is making batches of products in case they
be helping themselves like they used to, a run out.
measure to reduce human contact, Herriott “We’ve already started making in bulk,
said. Instead, a designated server would be not just for our floor, but for back stock,”
handling the refreshments, she said. Masks she said. “That way, whenever we do have
are required for customers to enter the an outpour of customers, we’d be prepared
store, she said, and social distancing will to restock our floor.”
be enforced. Asked if they are worried about high
“We are trying very hard to make it safe, customer traffic on Black Friday this year,
but really fun, too,” she said. most of the shop owners The Dispatch Tess Vrbin/Dispatch Staff
Senter said masks will be required, talked to said they do not usually have a Windows of Magnolia Soap and Bath in downtown Starkville are decorated to prepare
and he has put up plexiglass barriers at flood of customers during the season like for the upcoming Christmas shopping season. Patience McRee, owner of the shop, said
the checkout counters. Patience McRee, big retail stores do. Senter and Herriott she and her staff are making products in bulks to prepare for a large influx of customers
owner of the Starkville branch of Magnolia both said their shops have seen more early during the season.
Soap and Bath Company, said her staff will holiday shoppers than usual, and that may have the government stimulus (checks), of hunker down. They want to go back to
also require mask wearing and sanitize help ease the traffic on Black Friday. which a lot of people spent.” the old-fashioned, happy Christmas they
the counter and high-touch areas between “Overall, our traffic has been better this “People are home more than they have remember as kids. So this year, they are
customers. As a nurse, she said, she under- year, so I’m expecting at least as good of a been in years past. They have more desire buying very traditional, very heart-ren-
stands the risk. season,” Senter said. “(People) have been to create a family Christmas … because dering ornaments and decorations. I think
“We try to make sure everybody has an working on home projects, and then you they have the time,” she said. “People kind that’s really nice.”
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... to a sleigh full ! From stocking stuffers ...


Gifts for $75 and more Gifts for $25 and less
11 READING GLASSES — Curtis
1 TRAXXAS CARS AND TRUCKS – $199-$239 — Village Cycle Center,
Optometry, Columbus 11
Starkville
12 BLACK RIFLE COFFEE – $14.99-
2 LAFON SILVER DIAMOND BY THE YARD – $165.95 — J. Parkerson
$17.99 — GunCo, Starkville
Jewelers, Starkville
13 ASSORTED JEWELRY, TYLER
3 OLIVER PEOPLES AND OAKLEY SUNGLASSES — Curtis Optometry,
CANDLES — Park Place, Columbus
Columbus
14 ASSORTED RUSTIC CHRISTMAS
4 BIG GREEN EGG GRILL – $1,249; TABLE – $479.95, — Adventure ATV,
ORNAMENTS – $12.99 — Hancock
West Point
Hardware, Brooksville
5 TEMPUR PROADAPT QUEEN SIZE MATTRESS – Starting at $2,999 —
15 PECAN PIES – $14.99 — Ole Country
Bedzzz Express, Columbus 1 Bakery, Brooksville
6 FALKEN WILDPEAK AT3W, COOPER DISCOVERER AT3, BFG
ADVANTAGE TA SPORT TIRES – Starting at $175 each — Lowndes County
Radial Tire, Columbus 12
7 KATIE LOXTON LONDON TRAVEL BAG – $119 — Pizazz, Columbus
8 FILLER TREATMENT — Vitality Dermatology, Columbus

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To find that perfect gift, ... to a sleigh full !


12

try these local merchants 9 GLOCK HANDGUNS – $400-$600 — GunCo, Starkville


Gifts for $75 and more

10 LIGHT UP SIGNS – $159.99-$249.99 — The Lodge, Starkville

From stocking stuffers ...


11 HUFFY WOMEN’S BIKE – $179 — Military Hardware, Columbus
12 SHERPA JACKET – $59.99 (Reg. $79.99) — Mossy Oak, West Point
13 FLORSHEIM SHOES — Park Place, Columbus
14 THE GLENLIVET XXV SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY – $436.40 — 13 14
Gifts for $25 and less Mike’s Fine Wine and Liquor, Columbus
15 TEMPUR-PEDIC PILLOW – $99 — Bedzzz Express, Columbus
1 MAKE UP ERASER – $20 — Pizazz, Columbus
16 ETTA B POTTERY – $96.60 — The Purple Elephant, Columbus
2 MOSSY OAK TECH 1/4 ZIP – $19.99 — Mossy Oak, West Point
17 FRAZIER FURS, 7 FT. - 12 FT. – $68.99-$179.99 — Walton’s Greenhouse,
3 LIPID SERUM — Vitality Dermatology, Columbus
Columbus
4 NIGHT SCOUT BEANIES – $15.50 — The Purple Elephant,
Columbus
5 JACK DANIELS (750ML) WITH HIGHBALL GLASS – $25 —
Mike’s Fine Wine and Liquor, Columbus
6 BIG GREEN EGG SEASONING – $8.99; BARBECUE SAUCE –
$6.95 — Adventure ATV, West Point
7 COOKING ACCESSORIES — Military Hardware, Columbus
8 DECORATIVE ANGELS – Starting at $8.99 — Walton’s
Greenhouse, Columbus
9 EPOCH SUNGLASSES – $21.95 — Village Cycle Center,
Starkville
10 KOOZIES AND DECALS – $2.99-$12.99 — The Lodge, Starkville
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A guide to thrift store shopping


By Garrick Hodge candlesticks, furniture and other the location in your house for
ghodge@cdispatch.com items. To help ease concerns in best results, along with calling
an era of pandemic shopping, multiple thrift stores asking if

I
n the holiday shopping Koger said the store makes sure there’s any flash sales at the mo-
season, consumers tend to all items are sanitized before put ment. Flash sales vary by store on
flock to popular retail stores up for sale. both timeframe and items sold.
like Wal-Mart, Belk and also use ‘We try to set everything up The biggest value of shopping
online ordering from services like where everybody can find ev- at a thrift store is definitely for
Amazon. erything.” Koger said. “We try to the savings, Koger said, as items
There are also other local keep it pretty organized.” sold at these locations will likely
options in the Golden Triangle: According to Amanda Henry, be cheaper than if bought brand
thrift stores. Several area stores the office manager of Starkville new at retail stores. While a
offer secondhand clothes and Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store, perception may exist of only buy-
other household goods, while customers will find the best ing hand me downs from thrift
most help raise funds for a chari- items if they time their shopping stores, Koger said a good chunk
table institution. experience closest to the biggest of the items donated are actually
“I think they’re more conve- donation deliveries. quite worthy of owning.
nient than big retail stores,” said “I would say to find out “Honestly, I think sometimes
Jessica Koger, the retail manager when they get restocked and go people don’t really realize what
at the Palmer Home Thrift Store visit them as close to that time they’re donating,” Koger said. A variety of holiday-themed merchandise sits available for purchase
in Columbus. “People can come as possible,” Henry said. “For “Sometimes people will donate inside of the Palmer Home Thrift Store in Columbus.
in here and find a name-brand example, we pick up donations (some high value items) and
shirt a lot cheaper than they on Wednesday morning, so I’m not sure people always pay holiday specials this year at their they’d like to give away.
would elsewhere.” Thursday is a good day to come attention to what they have. locations, but there could be a Other thrift stores available to
Many items can be purchased because that’s when we have all Which makes that item cheaper, Black Friday sale. Golden Triangle residents include
at thrift stores, including an- our new stuff. Being aware of and really more affordable than it Thrift stores can also be about the Salvation Army Thrift Store in
tiques, bicycles, toys, books, that in different places is the best would be if it was sold at a place giving in addition to purchasing. Columbus, Habitat for Humanity
framed pictures and more. Koger way to get the best selection.” like Wal-Mart.” Most thrift stores in the Golden Thrift Store in Columbus, Car-
said the most popular items Henry also advocated to The Palmer Home Thrift Triangle accept item donations nice’s Thrift Shop in Starkville
sold at her store in Columbus “measure and double measure” stores in Columbus and Starkville on site from anyone who has and We Got All That & Grand
are home decor items, such as furniture at the thrift store and are unsure if there will be any excessive household belongings Stylz in West Point.

The Palmer Home Thrift Store in Columbus offers a variety of merchandise available for A variety of merchandise sits available for purchase inside of the Palmer Home Thrift
purchase. Store in Columbus.
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Only 29
shopping days
‘til Christmas

Holiday S hopping Guide


Nell Thomas, left, and Martha Gillis, right, shop for Christmas at Pizazz. Thursday, November 26, 2020

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