Small Business Saturday Attracts Shoppers

Carlos Villalobos

Updated: 11/30/2013 8:27 pm

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For Austin resident Regina Purce, this is her first time in Maditay's.

She came to Victoria to visit family and do what she says she loves doing, shopping. 

Instead of going to the bigger stores, Purce prefers going to local stores because of their unique items.

"Well, when you shop locally you get more specialty items then you would say a Walmart or a Target, and it's better quality," Purce said.

Small Business Saturday started in 2010 by American Express with the purpose of giving more exposure to smaller businesses during the holidays. 

Since then, the event has grown tremendously.  According to the Better Business Bureau, supporters of the event spent a reported $5.5 billion dollars on locally, independent owned stores.

Purce said she doesn't only shop locally for the great items.

She also does it to help out her community, so that the city's economy can grown.

"It promotes the economy in the city and the community and that's the kind of the most important thing," Purce said.

As Purce got ready to checkout the items she has bought for Christmas, she said she's satisfied with what the store had to offer.

She feels that she couldn't have got any of the gifts in another store.

"I really like. I have never seen anything like this in Austin to tell you the truth. Not that I am knocking down Austin because I am from there, but it's a lot more cuter stuff," Purce said. 
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