Archive for Sunday, July 13, 2008

Carnival of bargains’ to hit downtown

July 13, 2008


On the street

Are you planning to attend the downtown Sidewalk Sale?

Yeah. I like to stock up on a lot of hats and KU shirts that they have on sale down here.

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Past Event
Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale

Brown Bag Concert Series
  • Where: U.S. Bank, 900 Massachusetts St., Lawrence
  • Age limit: Not available
  • Cost: Not available

Full event details

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If you've been waiting for Thursday's downtown Sidewalk Sale, here's some sage advice, courtesy of Dan Hughes, president of Downtown Lawrence Inc.

"Arrive early, and bring lots of water and your walking shoes," said Hughes, owner of Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop, 802 Mass.

The annual event lasts from sunup until sundown on Thursday, and organizers expect tens of thousands of people to hunt for discounts.

"It's kind of a crazy carnival of bargains," Hughes said. "Most retailers use it as an opportunity to clear out stock from the previous fall or the previous spring," meaning consumers can take advantage of big savings.

Jane Pennington, Downtown Lawrence Inc. director, said most businesses have their most profitable day of the year during the Sidewalk Sale.

"All the merchants slash their prices, so it's a great opportunity for bargain shoppers," she said. "It's also just lots of fun because everyone's out on the sidewalk, and people are enjoying finding great bargains."

She said some businesses will provide entertainment, ranging from live music and DJs to barkers with megaphones.

Joe Flannery, Weaver's Department Store president, said the sale was a draw for people from across northeast Kansas.

"It's amazing how many people take the day off, not only in Lawrence, but all around eastern Kansas, and they just make a day of it in downtown Lawrence," he said.

Flannery said while people came for the deals, they also benefited from unique items sold by independent retailers.

"It's not merchandise that you would find in necessarily any other community in the area," he said. "I think that's one reason downtown Lawrence continues to be so viable, because people find things they can't find at other stores."

This is the 31st year that Downtown Lawrence Inc. has organized the event, but Flannery said he thought the tradition began in 1959.

Sidewalk sale schedule

The annual Sidewalk Sale will be from sunup to sundown Thursday in the downtown area.

A Brown Bag concert, featuring Billy Ebeling and the Late for Dinner Band, will be at noon in front of U.S. Bank, Ninth and Massachusetts streets.

The Lawrence Transit System will offer free rides from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.


NDNJAYHAWKER 9 years, 11 months ago

What a nice background for the fella that commented on going to the sidewalk! You would think the photographer or the editor would catch something like that! That was the first thing I saw, a naked lady in the background touching herself! UGH

TopJayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

I'll take the one on the right. How much....:-D

yellowhouse 9 years, 11 months ago

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