Cold freezes Saturday Market

PORTLAND, Ore. - The sub-freezing temperatures blanketing the Northwest are having a major impact on the busy shopping season at Portland's iconic Saturday Market.

Sunday, fewer than half the booths that are normally open on a weekend were staffed, as temperatures reached a high of 28 degrees. There were still assorted booths open selling food, blown glass, hand-made toys and other gifts, but many were empty, and fewer shoppers than normal braved the cold to do some holiday shopping anyway.

"In years past when I go Christmas shopping, there always seemed to be twice the number of people," said Dave Lumsden, who shops at the Saturday Market almost every Sunday. He noticed that just 118 of the usual 252 booths were open for business.

"I love the Saturday Market, and that's why I come down here," Lumsden said. "I love the food, I love the merchandise, I love just walking around on a Sunday afternoon."

Sunday, that walk was a lot less crowded than usual.

With just more than two weeks of shopping left before Christmas, Saturday Market retailers who rely on a boost in customers for the holidays don't have a lot of time to make up for this deep freeze. But the week before Christmas will be their chance. Saturday Market is open every day in the week leading up to Christmas.

You can find Saturday Market's holiday hours of operation at this link.