Sidewalk sale brings in holiday shoppers

By Erin Smith -

ELIZABETHTOWN — The annual Labor Day Sidewalk Sale in downtown Elizabethtown has brought another summer to an unofficial close for merchants as thoughts now turn to such things as back-to-school and the upcoming holiday season.

Store owners reported strong sales for the Labor Day weekend.

Ricky Leinwand, owner of Leinwand’s, said his Labor Day sales figures were strong. He said the store actually set up merchandise on the sidewalk from in front of Leinwand’s all the way to Martin Luther King Drive.

“It was the most merchandise we’ve had on the sidewalk,” said Leinwand.

He said the rain didn’t wreak much havoc as it came about an hour before closing. Leinwand said he was pleased with the overall sale.

“It went really, really well,” said Leinwand.

He said Saturday was the strongest day of sales, just as it was last year. Leinwand said the store had a lot of customers from out-of-town as well as locals all stop in searching for a bargain.

“We were up from last year, which was good,” said Leinwand of his sales figures.

Mike Suggs, owner of Fisher’s Mens and The Ladies Shop said his sales were also good.

“I was pleased,” said Suggs of the turnout. “We had a real good one.”

He said the weather didn’t deter shoppers at his store.

“We were fortunate enough to dodge the rain for the most part,” said Suggs.

He said now the store is gearing up for cooler weather.

Tina Merritt-Smith of Fowler’s Jewelry said that, overall, sales were good at the store, though not quite as strong as the Fourth of July sales event.

“We were pleased with the sales,” said Merritt-Smith.

She said the rain maybe hampered sales just a little, but overall, she was pleased with the weekend.

Merritt-Smith says the store is now gearing up for the Christmas holiday.

Ray Britt, owner of Ray’s Furniture and Jewelry Liquidators, said sales were steady over the weekend but ” a little soft” when compared to last year’s sales figures.

“We were pleased. We had a good turnout. I think people were looking more for back-to-school than furniture and jewelry,” said Britt.

Rain showers on Monday also dampened the sales little.

“The rain got us a little bit,” said Britt of the weather later on Monday.

Erin Smith can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.

By Erin Smith

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