Harleston is set to see its second Grand Sale of goods tomorrow. The event will take place in Market Place and Exchange Street, with a variety of shopkeepers from the town signing up.
The proposal for the first ever Grand Sale of goods, which took place in Harleston last August, came from David and Karen Hart who run The Card and Party Shop in the town.
The idea for a sale in Harleston came to the couple when they were in France and saw a town close down its streets to allow all of the businesses to sell off older stock at lower prices. Seeing no similar opportunities for local shopkeepers here, the couple decided to create their own.
The day is a chance for the town’s shopkeepers to gather together and sell off end of season lines and redundant stock as well as providing shoppers with an innovative way to bag a few bargains.
Following the success of last year’s sale, this year sees the addition of a light refreshments stand and seating outside Honeycombe Antiques, allowing shoppers to talk with friends and refuel before they continue shopping. Money from the sale of the refreshments will go towards funding the Harleston Christmas lights.
Last year the one-day sale generated an increase of visitors to the town and benefited not only the shops included in the Grand Sale, but the businesses that did not take part which also reported an increase in sales.
The couple hope that events such as this will help to create more interest and bring more money into the town, putting Harleston “on the map once again”.
Mrs Hart said: “We said last year if it was successful and everybody was pleased with it we would try to make it an annual event.
“There was a really good vibe in the town last year. It was very successful. It was successful for the traders that participated and it was successful for those who didn’t because of the increased footfall.”
So far the businesses involved in the Grand Sale include All Things Greener, Polly’s Place, Close Essentials, Home Comforts, Wilderness Stores, Sparkle and Flair, Spitspot, Town Living, Cornucopia and Retro Alley Garment Printers, as well as David and Karen’s own shop.
Tomorrow’s sale will run from 9am until 3pm.
Honeycombe Antiques is not part of the Grand Sale, but will offer tea, coffee and cake, and seating outside as part of its support for the day.
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