Archive for Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Despite the heat, Sidewalk Sale goes on

July 20, 2011


Excessive heat, stifling humidity and blinding sun can’t stop more than a half-century of shopping tradition.

Not when there are bargains to be had.

Early Thursday morning, dozens of deal-seeking folks from Lawrence and places elsewhere will start their pilgrimage to Massachusetts Street for the 51st annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale, which will include cooling stations and portable toilets for visitor comfort.

The event officially runs from “sunup to sundown,” although several retailers — including Shark’s Surf Shop and Jock’s Nitch — had plans to open before dawn.

Throughout the day, more than 100 retailers and others will be working to clear inventory, freeing up shelf space and enticing shoppers with discounts, curious offerings and updated takes on old-time commercial entertainment.

The “barkers” at Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop are only part of the draw, said Cathy Hamilton, director of Downtown Lawrence Inc., the event’s organizer. Community groups will fan out to offer food and information. Borderline Country and other groups will perform at the corner of Ninth and Massachusetts streets.

Folks from the Topeka Zoo will be walking around with snakes, lizards, tortoises and other heat-tolerant critters.

“It’s a happening,” Hamilton said.

With the Lawrence area remaining under an excessive heat warning, organizers aren’t taking any chances. Shoppers will be able to visit several cooling stations to take breaks indoors, where free water will be available:

  • The Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass.
  • Signs of Life bookstore, 722 Mass.
  • Blue Dandelion, 841 Mass.
  • US Bank, 900 Mass.
  • Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.

Portable toilets also will be available: two in the vacant lot adjacent to the Eldridge, and two in the breezeway in the 800 block of Massachusetts, immediately north of the Antique Mall.


whitecho 6 years, 11 months ago

There will also be free water at White Chocolate, 933 Mass. Open 7a to 8p.

Brock Masters 6 years, 11 months ago

It's not just woman that shop the sale, men do too so I'm sure there will be some Mr.'s as well as Mrs.'s :)

kernal 6 years, 11 months ago

I hope everyone is smart enough not to take babies and toddlers there after 10 am when it really begins to heat up. Would be cruel, if not irresponsible. One of the forecasters (WIBW?) was talking about probable heat indices as high as 120 tomorrow in Topeka, Lawrence, etc. Start hydrating today for the sale!

normandog 6 years, 11 months ago

Snakes, really? Seems like a bad idea. Hope they are confined to one location.

Bob_Loblaw 6 years, 11 months ago

Enough is ENOUGH - I have had it with these MOTHERFKING SNAKES IN THIS MOTHERFKING SIDEWALK SALE!.......ha ha

gsxr600 6 years, 11 months ago

No thanks, the last few years have sucked regardless of the weather.

sad_lawrencian 6 years, 11 months ago

One wonders if they ever thought about having the Sidewalk Sale in... April?

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