Chamber members ask local residents to join a cash mob to support businesses

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Acting like a real mob is a portion of the large cash mob that will descend on Gifts of Past to Present at 11 a.m. Saturday. Standing outside the business, from left, are Lisa Foster, Lacy Renard and Debbie Grimes. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO At the age of less than 20 months, the idea of a cash mob has taken root and is flourishing. The innovation is quietly exploding across the United States from Buffalo to Portland.

The cash mob movement has begun in Sandy after continuing successfully for months in nearby Estacada. Even big cities such as Portland and Eugene entered the small-city trend less than a month ago.

Sandy tested the water in early January, and is beginning in earnest Saturday when a cadre of local residents will descend on the Gifts of Past to Present shop, owned and operated by Julie Thompson at 38525 Proctor Blvd.

A cash mob — which includes anyone who wants to support independent, locally owned businesses — arrives at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20. Each voluntary participant is being asked to bring $5, $10 or $20 to make a purchase at the mobbed business.

Besides the main purpose of supporting local businesses with a financial boost, there are other benefits of cash mobs, such as the social factor and free advertising for the business through the timeworn word-of-mouth method.

And for those who have never visited the target business, they gain the awareness of what products or services that business offers to the community.

Recognizing the explosive nature of the growth of cash mobbing, the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce has planned more cash mobs for the third Saturday of each month.

Each will be announced in The Post and on the chamber’s website about four days in advance.

For information about local cash mobs, call the chamber at 503-668-4006.

For information about Gifts of Past to Present, call 503-826-1800.

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