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Get up and at 'em — stores open early for the Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale


Above, Lawrence resident Emily Bayouth searches through a rack of dresses outside Creation Station during the 2009 Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale.

Above, Lawrence resident Emily Bayouth searches through a rack of dresses outside Creation Station during the 2009 Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale. by Nick Krug

The Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale is Thursday, and the rule of thumb is that deals will be available from sunup to sundown. But if you want specifics, we're here to help.

Here's a roundup of published times stores have said they will be open Thursday:

  • Gap, 643 Mass., 5 a.m.
  • Au Marché, 931 Mass., 6 a.m.
  • Brown's Shoe Fit Co., 829 Mass., 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Fortuity, 809 Mass., 6 a.m.
  • MissFortune's Creation Station, 726 Mass., 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Queen Lizzie's Fish and Chip Shop, 125 E. 10th St., 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Phoenix Gallery, 825 Mass., 6:13 a.m. (sunrise)
  • Weaver's, 901 Mass., 6:30 a.m.
  • Brits, 929 Mass., 6:30 a.m. The sale will be inside the store.
  • Foxtrot, 823 Mass., 7 a.m.
  • Arizona Trading Company, 736 Mass., 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Made, 737 Mass., 7 a.m.
  • Blue Dandelion, 841 Mass., 8 a.m.
  • Cupcake Construction Company, 727 Mass., 9 a.m.

A few merchants who are not downtown also will have sales:

  • Ditto Lawrence, 4000 W. Sixth St., 7 a.m.
  • Lawrence Memorial Hospital gift shop, 325 Maine, 9 a.m.
  • Several North Lawrence shops along Locust Street — BeBe's Cottage, Amy's Attic, Now and Then, Blue Heron and Antiques Plus — will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Check out this week's Go! story for tips for shopping the sidewalk sale. You can also catch a bus downtown for free.

If you're on Twitter, use the hashtag #swsale to search for deals and let others know what you've found. You can also follow the Journal-World's shoppers, who will be looking to spend $20 in these categories:

  • Ali Edwards, Lawrence Laundry columnist for Go!, @edwards_ali, fashion
  • Sara Shepherd, J-W features writer, @KCSSara, home décor
  • Katie Bean, Go! editor, @comma_police, sporting goods
  • Nick Spacek, Lawrence.com music writer, @nuthousepunks, music
  • Jon Ralston, Sunday Pulse editor, @jonralston, the weirdest stuff out there

Check back here for sidewalk sale updates Wednesday and Thursday.


eel 5 years ago

I'm for having the sidewalk sale in Spring and Fall not in july, I'm for closing off the streets downtown during the sale too just my opinion, been working the HOT sidewalksale for more than 30 years now,

3up3down 5 years ago

They need to shut Mass off completely year round from 6th to 11th. Pedestrian only. Restaurants can expand for more outdoor seating. Build parking garages on the Vermont and New Hampshire side of mass like the one for the Art Center.

jayhawk1006 5 years ago

Do they issue parking tickets for downtown metered spots on sidewalk sale day?

itsalwayssunnyinlarry 5 years ago

is this worth going to? i typically avoid.

youngjayhawk 5 years ago

Yes, the city issues tickets for parking meters downtown.

No, it is not worth going.

dncinnanc 5 years ago

@Sunny, it depends.. true, there are some amazing deals to be found at some stores (Urban Outfitters, Sunflower Bike, Weavers to name a few) but you have to fight massive crowds, battle Hummer sized strollers blocking sidewalks (seriously mothers, invest in the compact version for things like this), and long lines even early in the day. I don't go most years b/c that scene is not my thing, but have hard-core bargain shopper friends who enjoy just taking a day off to be patient and snag good bargains.

Tomato 5 years ago

If you think going out on Black Friday is a good idea, then the Sidewalk Sale is for you.

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