Sidewalks and malls all over Brainerd are being invaded by hundreds of frantic shoppers trying to catch the best deals.
Participating businesses in downtown, at the East Brainerd Mall and at the Westgate Mall have set sale items outside their doors for the Brainerd-Baxter Citywide Summer Sidewalk Sale.
People were swarming around clothing racks in the East Brainerd Mall outside of JCPenney. Many clothing and household items were reduced to clearance prices.
At the Westgate Mall, Herberger's had sale items outside, and all other businesses set up shop in the mall corridors. Jill Beckman and her daughter, Jordan, were in search of good sales.
"We're starting here, then going downtown, then going to the East Brainerd Mall. It's a whole day of shopping for us," said Beckman.
The sidewalk sale is not quite as apparent in the downtown area as it is in the malls. The sale tables are not as concentrated, and the traffic is not as heavy. The stores that are participating however, are making it worth the customers' time to make the trip to downtown.
The Downtown Art and Frame Co. had a lot of business when the sale started Thursday morning.
"We had people here before we were even ready to open," said Rhonda Smith, shop owner. The Art and Frame Co. has sales that reach as much as 75 percent off the regular price.
Some of the downtown shoppers felt that the sale was not as successful as it has been in the past. Louise Seliski, Pat Daly and Julie Guth, who were shopping for bargains to decorate the Alex and Brandon Child Safety Center, were disappointed in the number of businesses that were participating in the sidewalk sale.
"The old crazy days used to be so much fun," said Guth. "They used to close the whole street and everyone would have tables out."
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