Archive for Thursday, July 21, 2011

Crowds descend on downtown Lawrence for hotter, stickier version of annual Sidewalk Sale

While musicians fiddle and water is handed out for free, hundreds of shoppers search for bargain buys in downtown Lawrence during the annual Lawrence Sidewalk Sale. Shoes, shirts and sunglasses were just some of the discount purchases.

July 21, 2011, 6:06 a.m. Updated July 21, 2011, 6:16 p.m.


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Melissa Beatty tells us why she drove from Kansas City, Mo., to Lawrence for today's Sidewalk Sale.

The blistering heat didn’t stop shoppers from sniffing out the bargains Thursday at the 51st annual Downtown Sidewalk Sale in Lawrence.

Businesses along Massachusetts Street set up shop in front of their stores, luring customers with discounted merchandise.

Melissa Beatty specifically came to Lawrence from Kansas City, Mo., to shop at Garry Gribble’s Running Sports.

“I got a pair of running shorts for $5,” Beatty said. “I was very excited.”

Cathy Hamilton, director of Downtown Lawrence Inc., said she wasn’t sure how the high temperature of 101 would affect the event. Organizations and businesses provided free water and access to air conditioning to help shoppers survive the heat, and Hamilton said she thinks the effort made a difference.

“I am pleasantly surprised because I was down here before dark and couldn’t find a parking spot,” said Hamilton, who directed her first Sidewalk Sale this year. “I think it’s been a great turnout.”

Hamilton said the merchants she talked to said they were happy with the sale’s attendance.

“It’s the busiest as it’s ever been,” said Mary Cox, owner of Shark’s Surf Shop, 813 Mass. “The heat did not slow it down.”

Meghan Misenhelter, an employee at Weaver’s Department Store, 901 Mass., said that although last year was cooler, the number of customers this year was about the same.

Caroline Mathias, owner of Foxtrot, 823 Mass., also said the event went well. Mathias said that her store was busy in the morning and would probably pick up later in the afternoon, as more people got off work.

The sale was to end around 9 p.m.


Kontum1972 6 years, 9 months ago

oh brother.....!

get a life ....people..!

Mandie Eutsler 6 years, 9 months ago

If this is of no importance to you or your life, why did you bother to comment?

Ray March 6 years, 9 months ago

yeah, people are nuts.

there's no way i'd get up at 4:30 to wait in line to go shopping.

woxy 6 years, 9 months ago

Would love to see a photo gallery of the yarn bombing between 9th and 10th on the Yarn Barn side of Mass Street ....

irvan moore 6 years, 9 months ago

i went down New Hampshire a while ago and it didn't look to me like the sale was nearly as busy as years past. maybe the city commission will have to get donation meters for the downtown merchants, oh, my mistake, we donate to subsidize downtown in our taxes.

Tammy Copp-Barta 6 years, 9 months ago

Don't know why people bother since there aren't many stores downtown anymore - and not many bargains .. used to LOVE to go to the sidewalk sale -- see people and families hadn't seen in a while -- so not like the old days :(

MarcoPogo 6 years, 9 months ago

Careful there - you're just begging for someone to list all of the stores that are open downtown in order to prove you wrong. [runs for the hills]

gl0ck0wn3r 6 years, 9 months ago

Unintentionally pornographic headline is unintentionally pornographic.

Sara Garlick 6 years, 9 months ago

I actually found deals at Third Planet. 2 cute sundress for $25

classclown 6 years, 9 months ago

My wife was disappointed that she took a day off work for this. She said it was nothing more than a junk sale.

kufootballchick 6 years, 9 months ago

By far, the best deals were at Kansas Sampler! I got my son several infant/toddler shirts, adidas even, $2 each, a light blue KC (Royals) visor for myself $2, and all the KU bedding sheet sets were 1/2 off of clearance prices so $7-20 down from $40-120!

tomatogrower 6 years, 9 months ago

Found an awesome skirt at Calamity Jane's for $15.00.

gatekeeper 6 years, 9 months ago

There were some good deals to be had out there. $5 KU hats at Lids was the best.

So many people had their dogs and babies out in the heat. Selfish people putting their interests in front of the what was best for their pets and babies.

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