Third Harleston Grand Sale aiming to benefit local businesses and customers

Harleston Grand Sale takes place later this month - organised by the owners of the Card and Party shop, David and Karen Hart.''Pictured: Sue Smith (From Home COmforts), Kirsty and Karen Hart (From Card and Party Shop) and Lisa North of Lisa North Photography ANL-150508-143510009
Harleston Grand Sale takes place later this month - organised by the owners of the Card and Party shop, David and Karen Hart.''Pictured: Sue Smith (From Home COmforts), Kirsty and Karen Hart (From Card and Party Shop) and Lisa North of Lisa North Photography ANL-150508-143510009

Harleston’s traders will once again take to the Market Square for the third Grand Sale tomorrow.

The event, which has become an annual date on Harleston’s calender since its creation in 2013, will give the town a chance to come together to boost trade.

The event will run from 9am-3pm and give participating shops the opportunity to display and sell various end of lines, redundant stock and clearance items.

It also gives customers the chance to pick-up bargains, which they may not have been able to do previously.

The event has again been organised by David and Karen Hart who run The Card and Party Shop in the town and Mr Hart is looking to build on the success of the previous two years.

“The first year was good, the second better and hopefully the third year will be even more of a success.”

The couple picked up the idea for the event when they were in France and believe the sale can be fruitful for both local business owners and the residents of the local area.

“Every business gets slow moving stock and it is important to sell that in order to get new stock in,” said Mr Hart.

“If you are a customer and you see something selling for a cheap price, then you are more likely to buy it.”

However, the sale isn’t just about benefiting trade in the town but also it is a way of evoking a sense of community spirit.

Harleston is searching for a secure future, with schemes such as Harleston’s Future being set up by the town’s Town Team.

They work to ensure the continued prosperity and well-being of the town, with the aim to benefit local businesses, the local economy, residents and visitors.

The scheme is funded by South Norfolk Council who as part of their Market Town Initiative have invested £800,000 directly into the Market Towns of Diss, Harleston, Loddon and Wymondham for the benefit of residents and businesses.

Mr Hart agrees that with everyone pulling in the same direction, the town can continue to be a success story.

“Events like this bring a lot of people together,” he said.

He also added that events such as the Grand Sale were vital in encouraging people to actively visit the town.

“The important thing is that it encourages visitors to Harleston, and that can only be good for the town,” he said.

“Some of them will be first time visitors and it is about getting them to come back.”

Shops taking part in the event include Mr and Mrs Hart’s The Card and Party Shop.

But the benefits to the local community do not stop there.

The couple are hoping that Honeycombe Antiques will once again be providing tables and chairs outside, enabling shoppers to enjoy light refreshments whilst they soak up the market atmosphere.

The money raised from this stand will be donated to the on-going Christmas Lights fund.

The town has organised other events with the aim of bringing people to the high street, including a popular antiques and vintage street market.