Hold on to your pocketbooks, shoppers, the most anticipated weekend of the year is coming soon for Museum Store fans. The Sidewalk Sale. It’s a three-day frenzy of purchase-palooza that runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, September 8, through Sunday, September 10, and is set up in the courtyard, in the shadow of Maman.
OMG! So much good stuff! So cheap! Even the museum staff circle this day in red on their calendars. It’s almost like the official starting date of the holiday shopping season for us!
For more than a year, Diana Walpole, the museum’s Retail Operations Manager, sets aside things for the sale: leftover merchandise after a traveling exhibition, for example, or “onesies”: the last remaining item in inventory from what had been a whole display. This year she has archival prints of works from Picturing the Americas and Victorian-inspired notecards and gifts from American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum, as well as Latin-American gifts left over after Border Cantos.
There are also samples for sale: items sent from companies or wholesalers for review that may have been awesome, but just didn’t fit the mission or focus of the Store. These include a number of home goods like journals, tabletop items, kitchen gear, and the like. There are magnets and toys and candles! Cups and scarves and little table-top herb gardens (I’ve got my eye on those). Oh My!
And BOOKS! Books galore! Exhibition catalogs, garden and nature books, art books, novelty books, kids’ books! Some may have shelf wear from being on display, but many are in perfect condition, but they’ve gotta go to make room for new titles.
There are a few “as is” items, as well—great stuff that got nicked, chipped, or otherwise gently bruised and was therefore retired from the showroom floor.
Sidewalk sale prices START at 50% off retail, and go down from there. So make your shopping list, warm up your debit card, and get here early! The best stuff won’t last!