Archive for Thursday, July 7, 1994

SIDEWALK SALE DRAWS NEAR

July 7, 1994

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Downtown streets and sidewalks will be filled July 21 for an annual summer rite in Lawrence.

It's 14 days and counting for an annual pilgrimage for summer shoppers.

The annual downtown Lawrence sidewalk sale will be held from sunup to sundown on July 21.

"It's a great opportunity to come down and make your annual purchases and meet and chat with friends," said Lisa Blair, downtown administrator for Downtown Lawrence Inc., which sponsors the event.

The sale includes participation of 75 to 100 downtown merchants, many of whom place their wares at reduced prices on the sidewalks in front of their stores.

In addition, about 25 nonprofit organizations will be selling concessions for hungry and thirsty shoppers in the downtown area, Blair said.

The sale will be held on Massachusetts Street, roughly between Sixth and 11th streets, and along several side streets, she said. Sidewalk sales at stores outside the downtown area also coincide with the Downtown Lawrence event.

Traditionally, 5,000 to 7,000 people turn out for the sale, which begins about 7 a.m. and ends about 8 p.m.

"There's all types of merchandise -- summer, fall, special items," she said.

Blair estimated it will be the 29th year of the sale.

"Initially it was a day to try to draw people to the downtown community," she said. "The downtown began converting from light industrial to the commercial center about that time. And it's (the sale) become a tradition."

She said most shoppers "start at one end and tend to work their way down to the other" during the sale.

"In the past, what we've had is a lot of people will come in before work -- or will take an extended noon hour -- and then we have a surge in the evening, after work."

In addition to hundreds of locals, many people from out of town will be here for the sale, she said.

Several other merchants not located downtown, including the local K Mart, J C Penney and Wal Mart stores, also hold outdoor sales in conjuction with the event.

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