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Keep a look out for holiday deals

PARKERSBURG — A tradition continues at The Parkersburg News and Sentinel and The Marietta Times with the annual advance sale of inserts advertising amazing holiday gift deals.

The inserts will be sold from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the side parking lot of the News and Sentinel at 519 Juliana St. and, for the Times at Stacey’s Dance Studio, 205 Pike St., in Marietta, said Phil Waterman, circulation director of the two hometown newspapers.

This is the seventh year for the pre-sale of the Thanksgiving Day advertisements ahead of Black Friday, the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season.

“Shoppers can plan their activities a day early to make sure that they can capitalize on all available savings opportunities,” Waterman said.

The inserts advertise numerous bargains available for customers, he said.

“Generally, retailers offer deep discounts on popular electronics; televisions, mobile devices and computers,” Waterman said.

A pack of inserts is $5 and contains all the advertisements that will appear in the News and the Times on Thanksgiving day. There is no limit to the number of packs that can be purchased, Waterman said.

“We will have approximately 500 packs available to buy, split between both locations,” Waterman said. “I suggest coming early to either location to secure your package.”

The ads in the Parkersburg insert pack include Belk, J.C. Penney, Ollie’s, Rural King, Rite Aid, Dunham’s Sports, Big Lots, Lowe’s, Shoe Carnival, Michaels, Ashley Homestore, King’s Furniture, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Kauffman’s Baker, Charleston Ballet, Bob’s Market and Greenhouse, C&C Dodge Toyota, Moe’s Southwest Grill,

Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Yeager Airport, Shamblin Brothers Farm Equipment, Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau, Mountain Ears Hearing Clinic, Vaughan Kimes Funeral Home, Lambert-Tatman Funeral Homes, Teri Ann’s and Wincore.

The Marietta pack will contain Belk, J.C. Penney, Ollie’s, Rural King, Rite Aid, Dunham’s Sports, Big Lots, Warren’s IGA, Lowe’s, Ashley Homestore, King’s Furniture, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Yeager Airport, Bob’s Market and Greenhouse, Kaufman’s Baker, Kirby Monument, Las Trancas Mexican Restaurant, Carmichael Monuments, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Tabletop Puzzles and Games, Westfall Garage Doors, Go Bus, Gold Line Jewelers, Putnam Chocolate and C&C Dodge Toyota.

Traffic flow will be maintained at both sales sites and customers are asked to remain in their vehicle and drive up to the sales table on the driver’s side, Waterman said. Social distancing also will be maintained.

Donations of food also will be collected for the Feed Seniors Now campaign sponsored by Comfort Keepers, Waterman said. The food drive benefits local seniors during winter when it is difficult to get out of the house.

“The Parkersburg News and Sentinel and Marietta Times are proud to be part of this food drive again this year,” Waterman said. “Please find it in your hearts to donate as much and as often as you can. There are many people in this area that need help.”

Cash donations also will be accepted, he said.

The pre-sale of inserts has become another holiday tradition, Waterman said.

“It has! We have offered this opportunity to the people of the Mid-Ohio Valley for nearly a decade now, and every year folks look forward to this edition,” he said. “It seems that most people who come buy the early edition are people who will also have a paper delivered to their home on Thanksgiving.

“These folks understand the value in pre-planning their shopping patterns to capitalize on savings. Some retailers are beginning their sales on Thanksgiving day,” Waterman said. “If you don’t purchase the early edition on Wednesday, you will not know what you’re missing.”

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