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ST. MARYS — Shoppers braved the cooler temperatures and cloudy skies Friday afternoon for an annual downtown St. Marys sale.
The SummerFest Super Sidewalk Sales kicked off at 10 a.m. Friday along Spring Street and will run throughout the weekend. Replay Consignment Shop Owner Rachelle Breland said the weather conditions caused her to limit the amount of clothing she placed on the sidewalk.
“With the pending weather, we decided to do an inside back room sale,” she said, noting she still placed some items outside to let customers know the store was participating the sale.
Replay Consignment Shop is new to downtown St. Marys this year, participating in its first sidewalk sale.
“This is our first year, so I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Breland said. “I’m very pleased with the turnout.”
She noted the variety of customers she has seen throughout the day.
“We’ve seen a lot of new faces and a lot of people in town for SummerFest,” she said, noting she’s had people searching for brand name clothing and asking about her consignment policy. “We’ve had a real steady flow of traffic.”
St. Marys Trading Company Owner Larry Kramer said the SummerFest Super Sidewalk Sales typically bring more business downtown.
“It’s usually quite busy,” he said, noting his shop tends to sell a lot of smaller items that customers can carry with them. “It’s a good opportunity for them to see what’s in the store.”
Kramer said he has a slew of items marked down for the sale and saw a steady flow of traffic at his store, which is also home to the Friends of the St. Marys Community Public Library Book Sale.
“We have the library book sale going on, and that’s been very busy,” he said, noting the sale is in the basement of the St. Marys Trading Company.
“It keeps a lot of traffic going through.”
Mary Dull, of the Friends of the St. Marys Community Public Library, said the book sale has kept busy, and the friends had accumulated a lot of books to sell.
“We’ve used every table we have this year,” she said, noting a store in Celina had closed and the friends got the books from the store in addition to books donated from community members.
Holding the sale in the basement of the St. Marys Trading Company has been ideal, she said.
“When they first started, it was on Chestnut Street in front of the library,” Dull said. “This works so much better. We don’t have to carry the books in every night.”
Victory Apparel Manager Candace Price said the store is also boasting a slew of sales for the Super Sidewalk Sales.
“Depending on what it is, we have items from 50 to 85 percent off,” she said. “We have a $1 rack, $10 T-shirts.”
The SummerFest Super Sidewalk Sales are scheduled to continue at 10 a.m. today in downtown St. Marys.