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Slow Small Business Saturday At Local Vendor Show

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The weekend of shopping continues with Small Business Saturday, but the turnout was let down at this year's third annual Northern Designs Show, that is for local vendors within 50 miles of the Fargo-Moorhead area who don't have a store front. Valley News Team's Regina Reese shows us how they're hoping to overcome their size.
 
Barbara Eversvik credits her granddaughter with what is now "Barb's Stitchery", selling American Girl Doll clothing, handmade with grandma's love.
 
"The skirts themselves take me maybe an hour and the tops maybe take me oh, half an hour. So probably an hour and a half into each tutu."
 
Most fabric she buys is from local fabric stores. James Bastian is another local vendor or inventor as he likes to say.
 
"Well, this is a new way to attach your cell phone to wear your cell phone."
 
This retired 87 year old is gaining his second wind.
 
"This is a magnetic attachment. I have an arm band with a magnet on it so for example for jogging this works beautifully."
 
On his last invention Bastian made $10,000. He's hoping the outcome will be different, but there's a challenge many local vendors face.
 
"Loyal customers? Maybe about 30 loyal," says Eversvik.
 
Tammie Fuson-Schafer, the Assistant Coordinator at this year's Northern Designs show wishes more would shop local. 
 
"If you buy something from a mom and pop business that's here in town the money stays here in town. It goes back into our own schools.
 
Vendors believe locals have a lot to offer.
 
"The enthusiasm from the local people and their stuff is tremendous so I totally agree on shopping locally," says Bastian.
 
Despite the challenges it may be the love of the business that keeps them in. That same love that got Barbara started in the first place. 
 
"It's enjoyable and it's easy and you meet a lot of people and I want to break even and make a little money."
 
Despite the low turnout at the vendor show, shoppers had their hands busy buying from local vendors in downtown Fargo where business owners came together to offer shoppers incentives. For more information on the Northern Designs show contact the Main Coordinator, Melinda Martin at 701-361-2462.

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