Sacramento vendors, retailers want last-minute holiday shoppers

On the Saturday before Christmas and Hannukah, Sacramento-area retailers and small business vendors hope the Grinch they call inflation doesn’t ruin the holidays. At the Holiday Makers Market in DOCO, the Downtown Commons, and retail stores, a steady stream of shoppers made the rounds. Talia Kazzmerick owns Ruff Life Clothing Company and sells her handmade items. She also custom makes gifts on the spot. “It’s really exciting for people to see,” she said. “They can take their pet’s name on an ornament, stocking, bandana or anything Christmas-related home with them that day.”Some shoppers are looking for unique gifts to Sacramento.”On my bag, it says, ‘Made in Sacramento,’ so it’s like a souvenir, as well as a wellness gift,” said Shenay Haskins. She makes her own herbal teas. But inflation has shortened the lists of some shoppers.”I’m seeing they’re a little hesitant to spend which is unusual,” said Raenee Sweeten. She and her husband sell handmade wooden gifts with their business, In the Woods. “I thought for sure my Christmas items would be gone in a flash,” she said. Vendors admit their price tags are a little higher.”I did have to raise my prices,” Kazzmerik said.Haskins said the price of ingredients for her tea has gone up. But she said inflation is fluctuating so she is keeping her prices the same for now. Shoppers of the small businesses understand the higher prices. “I don’t think these vendors are trying to raise prices,” said Lauren Pierson. “I don’t think they would if they had to.”The West Sacramento Target store also saw a steady stream of shoppers checking off their holiday lists Saturday.”I’m going to come back for more Christmas shopping,” Chazz said. Catt Thomas-Taylor said she came into Target for one gift bag, but knows she will probably buy something else, even though she’s on a budget.”I am trying to keep an eye on what I spend with inflation this year,” she said . “It’s tough on a lot of families.”A new dad also did some shopping Saturday even though he says he already has the best gift in the world. His 8-month-old daughter Sophia joined him on his shopping trip. “I got her some gifts already but I can’t seem to stop buying her stuff so we’re going to spoil her,” he said.

On the Saturday before Christmas and Hannukah, Sacramento-area retailers and small business vendors hope the Grinch they call inflation doesn’t ruin the holidays.

At the Holiday Makers Market in DOCO, the Downtown Commons, and retail stores, a steady stream of shoppers made the rounds.

Talia Kazzmerick owns Ruff Life Clothing Company and sells her handmade items. She also custom makes gifts on the spot.

“It’s really exciting for people to see,” she said. “They can take their pet’s name on an ornament, stocking, bandana or anything Christmas-related home with them that day.”

Some shoppers are looking for unique gifts to Sacramento.

“On my bag, it says, ‘Made in Sacramento,’ so it’s like a souvenir, as well as a wellness gift,” said Shenay Haskins. She makes her own herbal teas.

But inflation has shortened the lists of some shoppers.

“I’m seeing they’re a little hesitant to spend which is unusual,” said Raenee Sweeten. She and her husband sell handmade wooden gifts with their business, In the Woods.

“I thought for sure my Christmas items would be gone in a flash,” she said.

Vendors admit their price tags are a little higher.

“I did have to raise my prices,” Kazzmerik said.

Haskins said the price of ingredients for her tea has gone up. But she said inflation is fluctuating so she is keeping her prices the same for now.

Shoppers of the small businesses understand the higher prices.

“I don’t think these vendors are trying to raise prices,” said Lauren Pierson. “I don’t think they would if they had to.”

The West Sacramento Target store also saw a steady stream of shoppers checking off their holiday lists Saturday.

“I’m going to come back for more Christmas shopping,” Chazz said.

Catt Thomas-Taylor said she came into Target for one gift bag, but knows she will probably buy something else, even though she’s on a budget.

“I am trying to keep an eye on what I spend with inflation this year,” she said. “It’s tough on a lot of families.”

A new dad also did some shopping Saturday even though he says he already has the best gift in the world. His 8-month-old daughter Sophia joined him on his shopping trip.

“I got her some gifts already but I can’t seem to stop buying her stuff so we’re going to spoil her,” he said.

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