Shoppers arrive early downtown at last year's Bazaar Days, where citywide stores are lowering prices to get rid of inventory.
Bazaar Days kick off early July 25 and continue through July 26
By ELLY GRIMM
• Leader & Times
Bazaar Days are back this year in Liberal.
During next weekend, local businesses throughout the city will be participating in the state’s biggest sidewalk sale.
Bazaar Days was started many years ago to give the merchants a chance to sell overstocked items or out-of-season items at discounted prices. Rozelle Webb, executive director of the Liberal Chamber of Commerce, said it’s also a service to the community because they can go find really good bargains.
Many of the merchants participating will be the downtown merchants and then a lot of the merchants in the North Plaza Shopping Center
“It's kind of a preschool bargain-finding opportunity,” Webb said. “And we do draw a lot of people from out of town to this event.”
One of the participating businesses, Carlson’s Yippee Yi Yea, is excited for the weekend.
“It’s always worked out pretty good for us in the past, there’s a lot of traffic downtown,” Max Carlson, owner of Yippee Yi Yea, said. “And people are out and it’s just a good promotion from the city.”
Carlson’s Yippee Yi Yea will be having discounts on many of the store’s wares, including 20 percent off storewide for everything except for Native American jewelry and then up to 70 percent off on items displayed on the sidewalk. Carlson added in the years his store has participated in the Bazaar Days, it’s been good for the store.
“I think it’s because of all the promotion the city does, they help promote it,” he said. “And it’s been going on for a long time, even since I was in high school, so it’s a well-known thing everyone knows about.”
There is also a potential reward for those who do shop during the weekend – the opportunity to win one of eight $100 gas cards. While people are shopping on the 25th and 26th, they can bring their receipts to the Chamber office before 1 p.m. on July 26. Their name and phone numbers will be taken down and and Saturday at 1, eight names will be drawn out and those eight people get a $100 gas card.
Webb added how people from out of town are also encouraged people to come to Liberal.
“We just want our businesses to have as much business as they can get. We've advertised in surrounding towns for shoppers to come in, we’ve advertised locally of course,” she said. “We just encourage all of our businesses to participate and all of our local shoppers to get out and shop.”
“There’s going to be a lot of bargains and people are cleaning out getting ready for next season,” Carlson added. “And they want to move stuff out so you’ll get really good deals all over town.”