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Fun chaos day’ prevails at sale

July 20, 2007

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Shoplifting is a fact at sidewalk sale

Businesses know they won't get paid for all the merchandise that flies off the racks at the annual sidewalk sale. Enlarge video

Michelle McCudden, foreground, and Racheal Ruble negotiate a crowded Massachusetts Street sidewalk as they tote home furnishings to their car. Thousands of bargain hunters filled downtown Lawrence on Thursday for the annual sidewalk sale.

Michelle McCudden, foreground, and Racheal Ruble negotiate a crowded Massachusetts Street sidewalk as they tote home furnishings to their car. Thousands of bargain hunters filled downtown Lawrence on Thursday for the annual sidewalk sale.

Patrick Buchanan, 9, enjoys a snow cone outside his parents' store, Second Chance, 847 Mass.

Patrick Buchanan, 9, enjoys a snow cone outside his parents' store, Second Chance, 847 Mass.

Racks of clothes, tables of trinkets and droves of shoppers filled Massachusetts Street sidewalks Thursday during the 48th annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale.

Free from the soaring temperatures and waterline construction of last year's sale, more shoppers crowded the sidewalks this year, downtown merchants said.

"I think the cooler temperatures are bringing more people in," said Dan Hughes, a board member for Downtown Lawrence Inc., the sale's organizer. "It's not 105 degrees like it's been in the past."

Hughes, owner of Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop, said the sidewalk sale was the biggest sales day of the year for Sunflower. The day also allows the store to clear out off-season merchandise.

Jake Jordan, a young Lawrence resident, was among the bargain hunters who arrived early to beat the heat and other shoppers.

"Down at the Gap there are really stylish sweatshirts with no sleeves that everyone should have for the fall season," he said.

Derek Kappelman, of Lawrence, said he'd arrived downtown at 5:30 a.m. and found a $130 pair of jeans marked down to $10 at Hobbs, 700 Mass.

Mark Swanson, Hobbs' owner, said he enjoyed the festive atmosphere of the sidewalk sale, which included costumes, music and dancing. He said it also provided a way to clear out inventory.

"This is just a fun chaos day," Swanson said. "This is all about making room for the fall."

Marlene Swaggerty, office manager at Weavers, said the department store had enjoyed large crowds.

"I've been really impressed with the amount of people downtown," Swaggerty said. "The cloud cover helped, and it's really nice to have both sides of the street open."

Comments

Confrontation 6 years, 9 months ago

How do you engage any of these annoying teenagers in conversation? I will admit that some teenagers are very interesting and intelligent. Of course, those aren't the teenagers that you find unsupervised at these sales. Unless you're giving them cash handouts like their mommy and daddy, then they won't respect you. It's sad. So many people should never be allowed to be parents.

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 years, 9 months ago

Maybe you should smile and engage people in conversation. My husband, grandchildren and I had a great time. Of course it was a little confining going through some of the crowds at some points, but we found some bargains and enjoyed ourselves. The only down side was that Aimee's was closed for remodeling. Bummer.

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kmat 6 years, 9 months ago

I must agree, and most of them were junior high and high school kids that were just turned lose by their parents for the day. It's obvious that many parents haven't taken any time to teach their brats manors. I saw dogs and small children behaving better than these teens.

And who in their right minds hands their kids wads of cash and drops them off downtown? I saw some some kids with hundreds of dollars, and of course they were flaunting it.

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offtotheright 6 years, 9 months ago

I've never seen so many rude people in my life!

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