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Sidewalk Days 'busy busy busy' with bargain hunters

July 10, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, PA. -- Crammed with 80 vendors and hundreds of shoppers, downtown Greencastle traded construction for commodities Friday during its 42nd annual Sidewalk Days.

The Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce kicked off the two-day event with early bird hours at its open-air street sale.

As early as 8:30 a.m. shoppers were browsing deals and tasting the fare.

"There is something for everyone," said Jim Statler of Chambersburg, Pa.

Baltimore and Carlisle streets were "busy, busy, busy" with shoppers hoping to find something special after they savored one of the many food options, said Bonnie Wetzel of Greencastle.

Chamber Executive Director Bill Gour said the idea behind Sidewalk Days is to bring the bargains to the street.

As Gail Smith and her daughter Amy Smith, both of Boonsboro, browsed the many racks of clothing for sale outside of E.L.M. Department Store, they quickly learned why Sidewalk Days is so popular.

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Friday was the first time Gail Smith attended the event, she said.

"I'm very, very impressed," she said. "The selection is great."

Smith said she only shops at E.L.M. when she is in town. Now that she has seen what the rest of Greencastle has to offer, she said she will be back to shop at other stores as well.

Sidewalk Days not only offers buyers a chance to find good bargains in the middle of summer, it introduces them to stores they never might have known were open in the town, Gour said.

While some came for the bargains, such as 30 percent to 60 percent off at E.L.M. Shoes, $10 Longaberger handbags or "Christmas in July" at Sweet Myrtle, others headed to Greencastle for hog tails, crab cakes, Italian sausages and funnel cakes.

"It's what we come here for," said Bill Harvie of Greencastle.

"Anytime there are funnel cakes, you know it is worth the trip," Wetzel said.

Sidewalk Days continues today from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Greencastle.

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What: 42nd annual Sidewalk Days

When: Today, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Downtown Greencastle, Pa.

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