Despite heat, customers flock to Sidewalk Sale
- Jul. 24, 2012
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People packed the streets and sidewalks of downtown Lawrence July 19 for the annual sidewalk sale.
Hundreds of people from Lawrence and around Kansas were out in the heat taking advantage of the bargains and live entertainment.
Many customers were shopping with their children for back-to-school apparel, while others were looking for great bargains for Christmas gifts.
Others were merely there to add to their closet.
Local Lawrence resident Kennedy Fasching was out for the sale at 6:30 a.m. with family and friends.
“I mostly just wanted to find things for back-to-school” Fasching said. “And also, they have really great prices, so it’s kind of worth coming out.”
Some bargain hunters even held off from buying items at regular prices in hopes that they will be reduced during the sidewalk sale.
Some customers drove farther than others.
Wichita resident Addie Williamson said she and her family came out to Lawrence specifically for the sidewalk sale, the great prices, and the live entertainment.
“What I like about the sidewalk sale is the atmosphere,” Williamson said. “The atmosphere is fun. It’s fun to look and hunt for the deals, just to see what we can find. Look for next season’s or next summer’s stuff and just whatever we come across.”
A friend who resides in Lawrence informed Williamson of the sale, so she decided to take the family on a little road trip for a shopping spree.
Stores on Massachusetts Street opened their doors to the public at 5 a.m. and continued the sale until sundown on the sidewalks.
The Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale began in July of 1960 and has continued since bringing in more consumers each year.
The sale takes place every summer on the third Thursday of July.
To get more information or to stay updated on next year’s events, follow the people behind the sale on Twitter @LJWMarketplace.
Edited by Allison Kohn