Only 161 Sleeps Till Christmas* — It’s Time to Start Shopping!

Belleville from the Harbour

* As of Saturday


And what better time to start Christmas shopping than during the annual Sidewalk Sale here in downtown Belleville?  For as long as I can remember — certainly for all 26 years that we have been in business here — merchants have been rolling tables and bins stocked with bargain-priced goodies outside for the day, and hoping (sometimes without luck) for a clear sunny day.   In years past, we have sometimes been lucky enough to have the Farmers’ Market move to Front Street for the day, too, which was always interesting and fun.  (These days, of course, the Farmers’ Market has its own beautiful arcade space behind City Hall, just adjacent to Front Street.  It’s well worth a visit.)

Another fabulous event being held in tandem with the Sidewalk Sale this Saturday is Berry-licious, the annual competition between downtown chefs to see who can produce the most mouth-watering creation featuring local strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries.  The competition runs from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., or until all the berries are gone.  Don’t wait too long!

In honour of the Sidewalk Sale tradition, we’ll be holding a one-day store-wide sale at Scalliwag Toys on Saturday 16 July 2011.  Every regularly-priced item in the store will be sold at a discount equivalent to the HST usually applied, so that an item marked at $4.99, say, will sell for just that (in other words, you save the tax).

There will also be bigger discounts on ends-of-lines and close-out items, which will be tagged at up to 50% off.  Most of these are things that we thought were pretty neat … unfortunately, not enough customers agreed (at the regular price, anyway) for us to keep carrying them.  These close-outs are limited in quantity, of course.  All sales on close-out merchandise are final.

No lay-aways are available during the sale, and we won’t be taking special orders at these prices.

Come on down on Saturday, indulge in a few Berry-licious goodies, and see whether you spot a bargain.  See you there!


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