Heads up, shopaholics—hot deals are headed your way at this year’s Alexandria Sidewalk Sale. On Saturday and Sunday, August 13 & 14, 2016, more than 50 Alexandria shops will offer deep discounts on sought-after merchandise like high-end shoes and mid-century furniture, children’s toys and home décor in this city known for its unique independent boutiques. You can even snag free parking at city meters thanks to the City of Alexandria!
Feeling a shopping streak coming on? Here are some tips and answers to frequently asked questions for this year’s summer sidewalk sale.
1. What kinds of deals will shoppers find?
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Find your sole mates at The Shoe Hive, offering up to 80% off spring and summer styles including fashionable shoes, bags, accessories and more. If you’re a fan of handmade goods designed by independent artists, Curated has you covered with up to 50% off summer merchandise. Mad Men fans can toast to Don Draper with up to 75% off at The Hour Cocktail Collection and up to 50% off at Acme Mid-Century + Modern. Head to Hysteria for up to 80% off spring and summer clothing, handbags and more, or stop by Red Barn Mercantile for up to 75% off everything from throw pillows to rugs. With school right around the corner, there’s no better time to stock up on kids’ clothing, shoes and toys at children’s consignment boutiques 529 Kids Consign offering up to 65% off for this year’s Sidewalk Sale. While you’re at it, stop into independent children’s bookstore Hooray for Books! for up to 30% off.
2. How can I find out which stores are participating?
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From Pacers Running to Olio Tasting Room and from Mint Condition designer consignment to fibre space, you can check out a list of all participating boutiques and see what they’re offering by visiting www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/SidewalkSale/. Looking for something in particular? Use the search menu to find which stores will be offering deals on items like shoes, jewelry, gifts and more.
3. Where can I park for free?
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In Old Town, the City of Alexandria is offering free parking at all City meters on Saturday and Sunday, and DASH’s free King Street Trolley will start at 9 a.m. (Saturday only). Parking in Del Ray is always free!
4. How can I win the Snap Your Swag Instagram contest?
Shoppers are invited to show off their Sidewalk Sale swag by posting their deals on Instagram. To join, individuals must post a photo or video of their finds on Instagram and use the hashtag #SidewalkSaleALX. Participants will then be entered to win an Alexandria Prize Pack—an overnight hotel stay and 10 gift cards from acclaimed Alexandria restaurants and boutiques.
For more on the Summer Sidewalk Sale click here.
Header image credit: Old Town Boutique District
Thank you to Maurisa Potts and Amy Rutherford for their contributions to this post.