HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Some locals saved their money and avoided Black Friday shopping to shop during Small Business Saturday. As a result, some businesses say the sales broke records, and they plan to put all the money they made right back into our economy here at home.
Nancy Mikers at Curtains N Things said her family's business saw double the traffic they normally have on a Saturday. And Mikers is hopeful that will stimulate Conway's economy.
Mikers said,"Most of the people who work here are local so they are able to spend money in our restaurants and other shops here which I try to do to shop local myself and stay in the Conway area as much as possible."
Some small business owners like Amanda Madore who owns Gems by Amanda say it is all part of a larger effort to help each other out. Madore said, " We are trying to make money, but it's hard to get business so if all help out it works for us all."
Some customers like Barbara Dees did not shop on Black Friday to save money for shopping local. "I want to give back to local stores and retailers. I know they are hurting with the way the economy is."
Shoppers like Barbara who do price comparisons between local stores and big box chains say there's not a huge difference in the prices. "Locally for clothing, household goods...I think very competitive."
Some have other reasons for buying local. "A lot of handmade things are more unique than going to a store and buying something because you will have something different from everyone else."
Some stores did not have the final totals from the sales over the past couple of days, but they say they are hoping the good amount of business will continue throughout the holiday season.