Small businesses see boost from Saturday sales

"The quality of what people make from their hearts is way better than what you can get in a big box store," one shopper said.

Posted: Dec 1, 2019 4:44 PM
Updated: Dec 2, 2019 10:12 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – After record breaking sales on Small Business Saturday, retailers around Eugene are hoping to keep up the momentum.

Adobe Analytics reports consumers spent a record-breaking $3.6 billion online Saturday at retailers both big and small.

The Whiteaker Community Market represents dozens of small businesses in the Eugene neighborhood.

On Sunday, about 25 of those vendors showed up for the community market to showcase their creations including greeting cards, jewelry, ceramics and clothing. Sunday was the second day the businesses operated the market, with the first day on Small Business Saturday.

Market Director Claire Schechtman said there was a strong showing on day one.

“Sales have been great. We're seeing about $500 per day per vendor. And for a small businesses, that's huge,” Schechtman said.

Kristin Walker started her printing business Twin Ravens Press about 13 years ago. Walker said her business has grown over time, in large part thanks to the community. She encouraged the public to turn to local stores over big box retailers.

“You can still shop local. It's not all your purchasing power just being directed towards big, online conglomerates," Walker said.

D’Vorah Swarzman and her daughter visited the Whiteaker Community Market on Sunday. Swarzman said she always makes an effort to support small businesses.

“We just like to see what people are making and creating… The quality of what people make from their hearts is way better than what you can get in a big box store," Swarzman said.

If you missed this weekend's market, a second weekend of markets is scheduled for Dec. 7 and 8 at Thinking Tree Spirits from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the distillery room.

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