Sunday, June 4, 2023

Five places to shop local and save this Labor Day

WILMINGTON — Labor Day is here, and bargain hunters across the Port City are gearing up to take advantage of big sales taking place from downtown to the beach.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the so-called “workingmen’s holiday” was originally created to celebrate laborers in the late 19th Century. Held each year on the first Monday in September, the holiday generally represents the end of summer, and is marked by barbecues and savings as summer fashions and products phase into fall.

Port City Daily has compiled a list of five local businesses offering savings on items ranging from surfing and fishing gear to clothing and entertainment.

Tex’s Tackle

Located at 215 Old Eastwood Rd., Tex’s Tackle and Bait is a specialty fishing store that offers everything from rods and reels to “expert knowledge” on area fishing holes and the best baits for fisherman.

(Port City Daily photo/COURTESY TEX'S TACKLE)
(Port City Daily photo/COURTESY TEX’S TACKLE)

Through Labor Day, the shop will be offering savings on a variety of gear, like 10 percent off casting and landing nets, 15 percent off pre-rigged “hi-speed wahoo lures,” daisy chains and dredges, as well as 20 percent off all sunglasses, hats, and T-shirts.

Aussie Island Surf Shop

(Port City Daily photo/COURTESY AUSSIE ISLAND)
(Port City Daily photo/COURTESY AUSSIE ISLAND)

Since 1990, Aussie Island Surf Shop has been providing Wilmington with everything necessary to get into surfing, from boards, leashes and wetsuits to clothing, sunglasses, and more.

As part of their “End of Summer Clearance sale,” the shop is offering 40 percent off swimwear, 30 percent off shorts, 50 percent off select shoes, short sleeve t-shirts are buy two, get one free, as well as a “ladies sale rack” with items ranging from $5 to $35.

Aussie Island Surf Shop is located at 5101 Dunlea Ct., off New Centre Drive across from Target.

Threve Mercantile

(Port City Daily photo/CORY MANNION)
(Port City Daily photo/CORY MANNION)

Threve Mercantile is a boutique home goods store, located in downtown Wilmington at the corner of Front and Market Streets. The boutique shop offers “unique blend of hand picked and curated items,” from artisans around the world.

Products range from Turkish towels, and vintage Moroccan wedding blankets, to hand carved wooden dough bowls, intricately carved wooden cabinets and furniture, and even “African mud pillows.”

Through Labor Day, the store is offering a coupon worth $5 off any purchase of $25 or more, by visiting their Facebook page or website at Threve Mercantile is located at 108 Market St.

Annex Surf Supply

Located in Wrightsville Beach, Annex Surf Supply is a self-described “community center,” that offers boutique clothing items for men and women, surf and skate wear, as well as accessories like jewelry and sunglasses.

(Port City Daily photo/COURTESY ANNEX)
(Port City Daily photo/COURTESY ANNEX)

The store doubles as a coffee shop, offering a “unique environment” to do your shopping.

Annex will be running a “Flash Sale” through Monday, offering 20 percent off on items store wide. Annex is located at 534 Causeway Dr., just before the bridge to the beach front.

Yellow Dog Discs


Established in 1996, Yellow Dog Discs is the Port City’s oldest independent record store, offering new and pre-owned vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray, video games, and a large assortment of posters.

If you’ve been looking for a hard to find DVD, now is your chance to get one at a discount, as the record stores online shop will be offering 20 percent off all DVDs, no promo code required.

Yellow Dog Discs is located at 351-1 South College Rd. For more information, and to shop, visit

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