National helium shortage impacts balloon prices

Flower and party shops in Eugene said that shortage has caused some of them to increase prices and limit quantities of balloons.

Posted: Dec. 27, 2018 6:54 PM
Updated: Dec. 27, 2018 7:01 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- If you're looking to get balloons for your New Year's Eve celebrations, don't be surprised when you see that just like the balloons, prices are rising.

That's because of a national helium shortage, and here in Eugene.

At the flower shop "Rhythm and Blooms," their prices have almost doubled from $3 to now $5 per balloon.

They're also having to limit customers to three balloons per person.

Toviana Jackson with Dandelions Flowers and Gifts said this could be a growing trend.

"I think there is definitely a shift towards it becoming more scarce, which is, like I said, very hard because they're such a festive part of what we do," Jackson said.

If you need balloons, stores recommend you call a couple days ahead of time to beat the last-minute rush and make sure your favorite shop has enough helium.

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