Business owners were remaining optimistic as they set up tents and brought out inventory for the spring sidewalk sales on Friday morning, even though the forecast was calling for rain on Saturday.
Patricia Eames, owner of the Clover Gift Shop didn’t bring as much inventory outside of her shop as she usually does for the sidewalk sale.
“I was worried, but the weather keeps changing,” said Eames, who had set up a box of calendars, a rack of quilts and other gifts underneath a tent outside her store’s front door.
This was going to be Woodstock’s second spring sidewalk sale. Business owners said the sidewalk sale gives them a boost in an otherwise slow time.
Eames was trying to keep as much of her inventory underneath the tent as possible.
“It would be nicer if it wasn’t going to rain,” said Scott Smith, co-owner of the Red Toy Wagon Company and 37 Central Clothiers, which sit side by side.
Smith had a tent for his 37 Central clothing and jewelry store, but not his toy store.
“If it rains we’ll have to pull inside for a bit until it stops,” he said.
The sale is ordinarily a success for Smith’s businesses.
“Usually it helps the in store sales and helps get rid of inventory,” Smith said.
Yankee Bookshop already had a rack of books set up outside on Friday morning and the Village Butcher was setting up a tent to make hot dogs. Carolyn Kimbell, owner of Elevation Clothing was carrying boxes of shoes outside her store.
She wasn’t worried about the anticipated rain.
“We’ll wheel them inside if we need to,” said Kimbell of the weather.
Bif Noble, who works at the store, was helping Kimbell set up clothing racks.
“Hopefully people will still come out and we can just usher them inside,” Noble said.