Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone
Middleburg, the quaint historic town nestled in Virginia horse country, is cleaning out its closets and storage areas and moving onto the sidewalks, August 1-3, for the 8th annual Summer Sidewalk Sale. The sale, sponsored by Union Bank, will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday as posted by shops.
“We have found this to be a very successful time of the year to encourage people to shop and find bargains throughout the town of Middleburg,” said Middleburg Business and Professional Association President Punkin Lee.
Many of the unique shops in the village will have discounts on everything from shoes to children’s clothes to pottery, as well as lots of specials in the local restaurants. Arrive early to get the best bargains—or better yet, stay over at one of the inns in town (Middleburg Country Inn, 540-687-6082, www.middleburgcountryinn.com, Red Fox Inn, 540-687-6301, www.redfox.com, Goodstone Inn, 540-687-3333, www.goodstone.com or Salamander Resort & Spa, 540- 687-3600, www.salamanderresort.com) and make a weekend of it.
Look for the colorful balloons outside participating stores. Shops with fantastic bargains include Duchessa (clothing and accessories), Lou Lou (clothing and accessories), Lou Lou Too (handbags and accessories), Olio (flavored oils and vinegars and specialty foods), Crème de la Crème (pottery, ceramics, linens, etc.), Tully Rector (shoes, clothing, accessories and beauty products), The Christmas Sleigh (gifts and collectibles), Highcliffe Clothiers (menswear), Three Crowns (clothing and unique gifts), Second Chapter books, Richard Allen Clothing (clothing and accessories), Country Classics (men’s and women’s clothing), Les Jardins De Bagatelle (French gift shop), Middleburg Event Studio, Wylie Wagg (pet supplies) —and many more one-of-a-kind stores you’ll never find in a mall. Home Farm will feature its organic meat and produce and the shop has an upstairs ice cream parlor.
Be sure to circulate throughout town so you don’t miss anything! At the west end you’ll find The Fun Shop (children’s clothing, party goods, decorative gifts), Middleburg’s answer to the department store, with rooms full of wonderful things. Betsey (clothing, shoes and accessories), Middleburg Humane Thrift Shop, The Grooming Room and Southern States (home and garden supply) are all west of the village’s only traffic light. Middleburg also has many fine galleries and antique shops, such as Byrne Gallery, Touch of Love, Skandinavia Antiques and Accessories and Foxfire Antiques. Journeymen, The Tack Box and the Middleburg Tack Exchange will be offering discounts on many equestrian related products such as riding gear and gifts. The Middleburg Community Center will also host a number of vendors during the event.
When you need a little respite from all of the bargain hunting, visit the National Sporting Library & Museum on The Plains Road or stop in one of Middleburg’s fine restaurants scattered along Washington Street and Federal Street. You can pick from the likes of The French Hound (a charming bistro), Cuppa Giddy Up (coffee and tea), Scruffy’s Ice Cream Parlor, The Red Fox Inn (contemporary American food), Red Horse Tavern, the restaurant at Goodstone Inn, Julien’s (well-priced French café), Middleburg Common Grounds (coffee, tea and sandwiches), Market Salamander (gourmet market and café), Home Farm, Middleburg Deli (sandwiches), Mt. Defiance Cidery and Distillery, Popcorn Monkey (gourmet popcorn), Shenandoah Fine Chocolates (chocolates, wine and gifts), Gold Cup Wine Bar, Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill, Teddy’s Pizza (pizza and subs) and Upper Crust Bakery.
A receipt raffle for a gift basket filled with items from some of the local participating merchants will be held daily; visit the Union Bank information tent that will be set up during the event for additional information. The information tent will feature games and special giveaways during each day of the Sidewalk Sale.
Visit www.visitmiddleburgva.com or www.facebook.com/MiddleburgBusiness for event updates. For additional information contact Christina E. Naramore, chairperson and sponsor from Union Bank, 540-687-3500 or Cindy Pearson at 540-687-5152.