The St. Tate Western Festival is in full swing and the streets are bustling with festival-goers. Despite the inflationary context, most traders once again managed to make a lot of sales.
Thousands of them flock to the streets of Sant Tete to celebrate the Western Festival. Clothes, shoes and cowboy hats are purchased in abundance during the celebrations. On the other hand, will the wallets of festival goers this year be affected by inflation?
Many say no, even though they plan to spend the same amount as in previous years during their stay. From $50 to $1,000 in expenses, this is what’s planned for the weekend.
Although traffic has not decreased, some merchants are still noticing that customers are limiting their spending a little more.
“Let’s say they pay more attention to their spending, and look more at the prices,” noted Chapeaux de Gorewiches restaurant owner Frans Allary. As a result, they notice a slight decline in sales. Even designer Jan Airoldi understands the importance of a festival like Sant Tete to clear his inventory. “I feel like there’s a little bit of a spending limit, even though I have a lot of clearance on my clothes, so it’s not very expensive, and I think that’s why it appeals to people so much,” he said.
Other merchants, like the owner of Boulet Boots, see no difference from previous years.
“I have the same numbers as last year. It’s the same thing. I don’t see a slowdown yet,” Luke Fraser explained.
Despite the high cost of living, Sant Tete is definitely a world apart.
Festival-goers spend without regard to their budget and make the most of their stay in the small municipality.
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