Last updated: December 11. 2013 11:23AM - 672 Views
Rachel McAuley Staff Writer

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LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Chamber of Commerce is encouraging shoppers to spend locally, save their receipts and participate in their third annual Shop Local Campaign for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD — just in time for Christmas.

Participating local businesses will display a “Shop Local” campaign flier. Shoppers can pick up an envelope from stores and save receipts for purchases.

After spending $100 or more in local stores, participants can bring the receipts of their purchases to the Chamber of Commerce’s office and fill out a form to enter their name in the drawing to win the prize.

The campaign’s slogan is “You can’t buy happiness but you can buy local and that’s kind of the same thing.”

Tonia Stephenson, president of the Scotland County Chamber of Commerce, said “it’s about encouraging folks to spend their money here in Scotland County.”

There is no limit on how much participants can spend or how many times they can enter their names in the drawing. Every $100 spent is worth a single entry, so if participants spend $800 on local purchases and brings in their receipts as proof, they will have their name entered into the drawing eight times.

The campaign ends Dec. 20. A drawing that same day at 3 p.m., held at the Chamber of Commerce building at 606 Atkinson St., will determine the winner.

Businesses participating in this year’s campaign include Harley’s Tuxedo and Gifts, Scissor’s Palace Salon and Boutique and Dazzling Diva.

Stephenson said she has already received some entries, while others have decided to wait until the last day to bring in all of their receipts.

The businesses that participating in the campaign this year had to pay a fee ranging from $25 to $50, depending on whether or not they were chamber members. The money they paid was collectively used to purchase the Kindle and for gift certificates that will be given at random to shoppers for use at local businesses until the day of the drawing.

The “Plaid Elf” — Stephenson in disguise — will occasionally don a plaid scarf and give away the certificates as a way “to say thank you for the people who are spending their money locally.”

Last year Trish Dooling, of Laurinburg, was the lucky winner. She was sent home with a 36-inch television.

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