Weather boosts spring sidewalk sale

— Sunshine and willing buyers made the first sidewalk sale of the year a success over the weekend, merchants said.
Local residents and visitors to the valley strolled the streets on Sunday, mulling over the deals offered on clothes, jewelry and a variety of other items that didn't sell through the winter and were marked down to be cleared out before summer.
"I think it has been a lot more locals than normal," said Luella Ladyga, who was working at Bushwhackers. "Everybody is out for the bargains."
She said sales were strong over the weekend.
After three days, many employees of downtown businesses expressed some relief that the sale was coming to an end, even though the crowds downtown equated to higher sales.
Ladyga, who was sitting on a chair outside the store, said she thoroughly enjoyed the weekend.
"Actually, I like being outside when the weather is nice," she said.
The weather is an all-important factor in the success of sidewalk sales, and for the most part, it cooperated all three days. Temperatures reached the 50s on Saturday and Sunday.
The first sidewalk sale of the year also is a rite of spring in some respects, Ladyga said. It's a time to see some friends and acquaintances who were busy over the winter.
"This is kind of a nice change of pace," said Sue Johnson from 8th Street West.
She also was sitting in front of the store, but by early afternoon the sun was shining on the opposite side of the street, making it a little less comfortable to be outside.
"It has been busy," Johnson said. "It almost seems a little bit busier than last year."
Phillip Griffin of Ambiente said the crowds he saw were at least the same as they were last year.
"It's a sale when locals can afford to by stuff," he said.
Shoppers said they were happy with the sale. Carrie Sturgis of Dallas grabbed a few bargains while she was in town.
"It's fun to just look through all the things that they put on sale," she said.

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