'Record Turnout' at Saturday's Sidewalk Sale

Droves of shoppers flooded New Canaan on Saturday for discounts and good times.

Temperatures might've been high, but so were the spirits of the shoppers who crowded downtown New Canaan for Saturday's Sidewalk Sale. Children and parents alike enjoyed leisurely walks down the streets lined with clothing racks and peppered with concession stands. 

Merchants packed the sidewalks to offer deep discounts on everything from winter clothing to undergarments as various live performers charmed spectators with homegrown tunes.

Many storeowners were on hand to greet customers, appreciate the crowds and most importantly, lighten their inventories.

Chris Sanford, manager of Athletic Shoe Factory, estimated he had over a 1,000 pairs of shoes on sale in an attempt to clear his back stock.

Lee Milazzo, co-owner of Samuel Owen Gallery, was pleasantly surprised by his first experience with the Sidewalk Sale. 

"It's great people in New Canaan come out like this and shop," said Milazzo.

But the good deals weren't the only thing drawing visitors to the Sidewalk Sale. Many show up for the familiar faces and the sense of community.

"You get to see everyone you know....and everyone is in a good mood," said Ben Bilus, board member of the New Canaan Community Foundation. "Other than it's broiling hot...today [is] a wonderful day." 

Among the thousands who passed through New Canaan for Saturday's sale, were a slew of politicians shaking hands and greeting potential voters. First Selectman Jeb Walker was on hand to greet some of the Republican candidates, such as: Linda McMahon, candidate for U.S. Senate, Rob Merkle, candidate for Congress, Mike Fedele, candidate for Governor, and Bill Osterndorf, candidate for Probate Court Judge.  

Chamber of Commerce Director Tucker Murphy seemed exuberant as she enjoyed the culmination of months of hard work and planning.

"We've had a wonderful turnout, just wonderful," said Murphy. "If I had to guess a number, I'd say today was a record."


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