A Bead-iful Sale This Weekend!

Calling all crafters and designers, this weekend the Bead Monkey is having Sidewalk Sales with 50% off artisan beads, supplies, and jewelry.  The Bead Monkey located in the Edina area of the Twin Cities off 50th and France Avenue South provides a wonderful assault to your eyes. 

Although catering to the professional and amateur jewelry designer, The Bead Monkey also has wonderful beads that can be incorporated into Wearable Art and Fabric Design.  Selections include Swarovski Crystals, Czech glass, semi-precious gemstones, hand blown glass, freshwater pearls and all the accoutrements to tantalize and inspire your creative talents! 

MarkdownMom and staff filled their tray with such bargains as an agate bracelet for $10, seed beads for $1, and India glass for $2!  The sale room is located near the side door, but  you must also take a tour of the entire store and enjoy the vintage jewelry, the kits that are on display that feature completed pieces that you can make in their classes, and so much more.

More to come on this crafting emporium, right now, hurry in for their Crazy Days  at Minneapolis store only  through August 1st!

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Sidewalk Sale Days

Summertime  spells summer fun.  And for bargain hunters nothing is more fun than sidewalk sale days.  Recently the Markdown Chics attended Grand Days in St. Paul, Minnesota. This is an annual event that takes place around the first weekend in June and is a great opportunity to explore sites that are close by, in fact, in your  own neighborhood!

Families, couples, and friends of all ages and their pets walked the 3-mile stretch between  Cleveland Avenue and Dale Street on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota’s highland park district for Grand Old Day–the largest one-day festival in the Midwest.

The event started at 7:45am and ended around 5:00pm.  Over 150 food and merchandise vendors and several entertainment venues lined the streets.  Some of the highlight’s from this year’s event included several musicians such as a couple of didgeridoo players, a fiddler, a mariachi and a rock band.

Several food vendors that frequent the state fair were also there such as mini-doughnuts, corn dogs and brauts, gyros and other ethnic foods, ice cream and smoothies.  And many artists were selling tie-dye shirts, jewelry, hand-carved furniture and masks.  This event happens only one-day during summer, so mark your calendars for next year!

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Sidewalk Sales & Summer Sunshine

photo by DavidThe smell of mini-donuts intermingled with szchuan, the virtuosity of an accordian player heard in the distant block, and coupled with the footsteps and the rattle of shopping bags as bargain hunters crisscross the blocked off streets.  A bargain hunt that assails your senses plus provides entertainment and sightseeing.  This is the fun atmosphere that shoppers experience during annual sidewalk sale days or downtown days. 

Such events afford opportunities to find upcoming Christmas gifts, birthday gifts and summer clothing bargains.  Merchants are eager to turn over their stock and markdowns can run from 15-75% off.  Larger stores will also ship in merchandise from other sites to woo buyers to their tables. 

photo by DavidIn some communities sidewalk sale days are followed by parades and street dances, making it an event with something for everyone.  Take a stroll, taste the offerings of your favorite restaurants, enjoy the music and free entertainment of sidewalk sale days–as  American as apple pie and coffee.


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