Early Thursday morning, retailers in the Naperville Plaza were filling the sidewalks with tables, racks and shelves to display items for sale at bargain prices. The annual sidewalk sales will continue through Saturday.
Plenty of books, novelties, t-shirts and seasonal items packed the displays at Oswald’s Pharmacy where a variety of toys and games are marked down to sell, perfect birthday gifts for kids.
Bill Anderson, owner of Oswald’s, waxed sentimental about bygone Sidewalk Sale Days in downtown Naperville, the location where his family-owned independent business was first established in 1875. Though Sidewalk Sale Days were an idea that came later in the 1900s, Anderson recalled the popular July event used to be followed by Dollar Days when shoppers could find even lower rock bottom good deals, especially at Dean’s Clothing and the former Horsley’s Clothiers, on Chicago Avenue, now home to Einstein Bagels.
Back at Naperville Plaza, there’s news at Wild Bird House. The large sign indicates this year will be the last sidewalk sale for the owner who is retiring and closing his business. Not only are backyard birding supplies for sale for cheap, deep discounts, all the fixtures in the store are available to purchase.
Naperville Plaza is located along Washington at 88 W. Gartner Avenue with plenty of parking. Sometimes called Naperville’s “new” downtown, the popular shopping center also has two grocery stores, Casey’s Foods and Trader Joe’s, along with 25 other stores, restaurants and service business.
Summer sales are going on inside and outside. Click any photo to enlarge and advance through the gallery.
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