Sidewalk sales make for a busy downtown Northampton

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Thursday until Sunday, downtown Northampton will be bustling with shoppers looking for a bargain. Nothing gets a bargain hunters attention quite like a ‘sale’ sign and the sidewalk sales in the downtown were proof of that.

The culture and food that Northampton is known for spilled out onto the streets. Everywhere you looked there was another sale sign. Merchants are offering deep discounts on everything from jewelry to shoes to handbags.

The four day sidewalk sale in Northampton offers a little something for everybody. It’s a great way to spend the day and after you shop the downtown stores and get a little hungry, there’s some great food.

“I especially like some of the foods that they have. We didn’t even realize that they were having sales today so we just came and are just so excited about these sales,” said Judy Collins of Amherst.

The sidewalks sales made the normally busy downtown even busier, and it was chance for Thornes Market stores to take their business directly to the people.

“You don’t know how many people are walking up and down the sidewalk in general when you are on the second floors of the marketplace but during these sidewalks sales our little tent is full of people so its great,” said Nancy Oles the Owner of Meghan’s Treasures.

However, until Sunday, getting around may prove more difficult. Many Main Street parking spaces have been blocked off to allow room to walk.

“We got here early so parking wasn’t a problem but it’s nice and busy and nice and fun,” said Kate Strange of Longmeadow.

People told 22News they plan on coming back several times over the next few days to make sure they visit all of the more than 50 merchants.

At 6:00 p.m. Thursday the sidewalks sales culminated with a parade down Main Street with live music. They march from Florence Savings Bank to the First Churches.

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