Elizabeth’s Tips for Shopping this Year’s Summer Sidewalk Sale

Did you know that Elizabeth is a regular columnist and online contributor on all things Alexandria? Her most recent online column provides its readers with insider tips on making the most of the sidewalk sale that (unofficially starts today and) officially starts tomorrow. Here’s a little tease from the piece to get you started.

Get ready to bargain shop, Alexandria! It is that time of year again, time for the Seventh Annual Alexandria Sidewalk Sale Aug. 13 and 14. That means stores will have the biggest markdowns of the season. More than 60 stores in Old Town and Del Ray participate in this weekend sale and shoppers will find discounts as deep at 70 percent off regular price.

So how do you make the most of this great shopping weekend and effectively shop a sidewalk sale? Here are a few tips to make sure you enjoy all the great deals and great shops in Alexandria.

Read all of Elizabeth’s tips here.


This Weekend’s Alexandria-Wide Sidewalk Sale…Starts Friday!


It is that time of year again! Time for stores to move all our remaining spring and summer shoes no matter how cheaply we have to sell them. Despite the fact that there are many weeks left to wear these summer items, the UPS truck is showing up at the store every day with new deliveries and we have to make shelf space for all that fall merchandise. It is just how the retail world works: way before the current season is over, the next season has begun.

So this weekend in Alexandria there is a city wide sidewalk sale. Stores in Del Ray and Old Town will have their lowest prices of the season. Not only are the prices low, the parking is free! That’s right, all the meters in Old Town are free on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, the trolley starts at 9am along with most of the participating stores. It’s yet more proof that wonderful, walkable, Alexandria is the best retail destination in the region!

And don’t be discouraged if some stores don’t have tables set-up outside, many stores have decided to take the sidewalk sale inside where there is air conditioning.

We are talking great deals — at The Shoe Hive we will have items marked between 60 and 80 percent off along with tables at $25, $50, $75 and $99! Those are Warehouse Sale prices–it’s the biggest discount you will ever get.

And just so all our blog readers know, The Shoe Hive is setting up our tables early. We will have them out and ready by 10 am on Friday morning!