LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Small Business Saturday arrived at a timely moment for local businesses who are struggling financially amid the pandemic.
Some business owners told KEZI 9 News that they don't know what the future holds for their stores just yet.
From being forced to layoff employees to wondering how they will survive with the current restrictions, many are relying on the community to stay afloat.
Community members stepped up to the plate on Small Business Saturday as local shops reported a boom in sales.
“We want to support the local community for jobs and the tax base,” Eugene resident Eve McClure said. “The money we spend here goes into the local tax base which goes into the services we use.”
Shoppers shared with KEZI 9 News that they feel for those who are desperately trying to stay afloat after a touch year financially.
“They are struggling,” Veneta resident Susan Archer said. “We do need to buy from small businesses. They are our neighbors, friends and family.”
Others said they can relate to how businesses are feeling right now and wanted to do whatever they can to help
“I was a small business owner at one time,” Eugene resident John Woodmansee said. “I really appreciated the people in the community who helped support my business. I come here to see if I could do that.”
Reed Lucas is the co-owner of Time Travelers Antique Mall in Springfield.
After having to close his doors at the beginning of the pandemic, he didn't have high expectations for Small Business Saturday.
“It was exactly the opposite,” Lucas said. “People spent time redoing their homes and realized the furniture didn't work anymore or the decor didn't work, so they wanted to come out and go places.”
The shop recorded its best two days of the year between Black Friday and Small Business Saturday last year.
However, this weekend alone they are already recording better numbers. Lucas said the community has stepped up tremendously.
“If you just drive around town, you’ll see how affected this community is with business shutdowns everywhere,” Lucas said. “Even ones that popped up right after COVID, they’ve had to shut down. So that should tell you right there just how important it is to shop local.”
Time Travelers Antique Mall in Springfield will be open on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m with sales on all booths.
Small Business Saturday is held annually the day after Black Friday to encourage customers to shop at small businesses in their communities.