Sidewalk Sale fun

It is interesting to see how different pockets of Evanston participate in the Sidewalk Sale. Last year I had a blast with See Jane Sparkle on Chicago and Dempster, where the Sidewalk Sale is a big event. This year I learned that on Sherman Avenue in Downtown Evanston, the participating merchants are less concentrated.

I set up a table in front of the Evanston Pop Up Gallery to help boost their recent grand opening.

Several of the other resident artists popped in and out throughout the day, and it was nice to get to know each of them better and learn more about their chosen art forms and lives.

 

Steve made some adjustments to the window display and goofed around.

Pop Up Pat paid a visit.

On Sunday I strolled the Chicago Dempster corner which was full of bargains.

I met friends at Bagel Art Cafe and enjoyed a lox bagel.

Then I strolled by Ayla’s temptations, but didn’t linger since I had a table to be at.

I took a selfie with Wonder Woman at The Other Brother cafe.

It was good to see the signage directing people around the giant Fountain Square construction zone.

My table had already been pulled out, and I had more fun conversations with fellow artists.

Pop Up Gallery owner Sally Beach had just been featured in Evanston Woman Magazine.

 

While foot traffic wasn’t as heavy as the Sidewalk Sale last year, we still had several people pop by and the store itself gets great traffic.

I left a Howlite set to be featured by Steve on Pop Up Television.

The window changes each week with new offers.

Over the month I made several sales, a few in person as I popped in.

It is nice to see the positive response to this unique gift boutique.

Before long the second day was done, and the balloons also lost steam.

Pop in and see my shelf, as updates keep happening.

A video interview is in the works.

You can find all kinds of art work at varying price points here, some with the bonus of smelling delicious. The Evanston Pop Up Gallery is located at 1627 Sherman Avenue in Evanston, and open 7 days a week.

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This weekend is the annual Evanston Sidewalk sale. Retailers along the Main-Dempster Mile and in Downtown Evanston will be setting up tables in front of their businesses for a communal sale and art fest.

Local artists have been invited to be a part of the action in downtown Evanston. Stroll down Sherman Ave. between Church St. and Davis St., to check out jewelry, accessories, children’s clothing and more! Artists will display their wares in downtown Evanston on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

The brand-new Evanston Pop up Gallery will be participating as well, and I plan on being there with some of my extra pieces in addition to what the two shelves inside hold.  

The 1200 block of Sherman is close to many lovely eateries and unique shops. Downtown Evanston will have a giveaway on their Instagram feed, and some restaurants will have special discounts that weekend.

As artists we are limited on discounting our creations, but we hope you stop by anyway to get to know this shop and get some gift-shopping done. You will find gifts at a variety of price points, and new products keep being added each week.

On Saturday, July 29, Downtown Evanston and Main-Dempster Mile are providing free entertainment. Stop by 1603 Orrington Plaza (outside of LYFE Kitchen) to enjoy big games and music.

Street musicians Chicago Traffic Stop will make stops near delicious venues at: 1603 Orrington Plaza, Frio Gelato (517 Dempster St.), Blind Faith (525 Dempster St.), Cultivate (704 Main St.) and The Wine Goddess (702 Main St.). Beaches will play outside of yummy Hoosier Mama (749 Chicago Ave.) and the School of Rock Evanston will rock out in the parking next to their building at 1311 Sherman Ave.

Catch a free ride on a pedicab on Saturday, July 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. special thanks to First Bank & Trust. Pedi-cabs will take shoppers from downtown Evanston to Main Street and Dempster Street, making stops in each district. The pedicabs are first come, first serve and do not have specific pick-up or drop-off times. They’ll hang out for a bit to see if there is a pick-up.

  • Church Street and Maple Avenue, across from Terra & Vine
  • Chicago Avenue and Grove Street, at Raymond Park
  • Dempster Street and Chicago Avenue, near Stumble & Relish
  • Chicago Avenue and Kedzie Street, outside Hoosier Mama

I had a blast last year with Sara Jane at See Jane Sparkle, and highly recommend shuttling back and forth between the various stops to see what vendors are looking to send to new homes.

The Evanston Sidewalk Sale is accessible via public transit. To get to downtown Evanston take the CTA Purple Line “el” to Davis or the Metra to the Davis stop, to get to the Chicago/Dempster district take The CTA Purple Line “el” to Dempster or Main or the Metra to the Main stop.

Angel will be happy to pose for selfies with you.

Fun at the Sidewalk Sale

I always have a bit of a hangover after a weekend fair, and this week is no different.

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The Sidewalk sale was lots of fun, but setting up and tearing down two tents 6 times is a workout.

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Construction workers had just finished pouring cement when we started setting up but they were eager to help us maximize our space.

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Soon we were set up and ready to greet shoppers.

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Soon browsers started to shop.

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On Friday afternoon Sara Jane decided to move the party inside when the radar indicated rain, and I was glad for that decision.

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Sparkle Angel had fun with the sparklies, and so did I.

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I met a friend at Sketchbook after the sale, and love their new taproom.

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Saturday morning was overcast, but later the skies cleared up.

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A Pedi-cab gave lifts to downtown or Main Street for additional sidewalk explorations.

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Lots of friends stopped by.

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It was Christmas in July at the Stumble & Relish table.

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On Sunday I decided to take the Angels outside for some air.

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It is fun to rearrange the setup each time.

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Stumble & Relish had lots of deals throughout the weekend.

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Sara Jane did major markdowns as well.

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Most people on Sunday were looking for slashed prices, which is good to know for next year.

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I took home some bargains myself.SRLoot

Quite a few pieces were adopted, which makes me happy.

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Some of my inventory remains at See Jane Sparkle.

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Sara Jane kept the Swarm, so go peruse my butterflies, dragonflies and ladybugs in her store.

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I hope they go home to new owners soon.

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I’m taking a pop-up break in August, so you’ll see me next at Platt-A-Palooza on September 3 in Bloomingdale.

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Meanwhile, you can peruse my pieces at The Collage Cafe and ChromaK8 Beautique as well.

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Sparkly Sidewalk Sale tomorrow!

I’ve been sparkling up the studio this week to make more beaded pieces.

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Then I tagged all the newbies for the upcoming 3-day sale.

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Tomorrow I’ll be setting up in front of See Jane Sparkle for the Evanston Sidewalk Sale.

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I’ll have a table in front of 1312 Chicago Avenue from 10 am to 4 pm July 29, 30 and 31.

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Depending on weather, Sara Jane will have my wax and wire pieces inside.

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My swarm is also planning on fluttering in.

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You can look for Sparkly Angel in the store too, along with her friends.

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This year the sidewalk sale extends down to Main Street, so be sure to visit my favorite shops there as well, including The Collage Cafe, Cultivate, Hip Circle Studio, and more.

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There will be a variety of specials offered by retailers.

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In downtown Evanston a few artists will pop up over the weekend, so plan to head toward Fountain Square and see what’s going on.

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To get to See Jane Sparkle you can take the CTA Purple line to Dempster Street or on the weekends, the CTA Red Line to Howard Street and then the Purple Line to Dempster Street. You can also take the Metra UP-N Line to the Dempster station. Downtown Evanston is just a few blocks from Dempster Street and a few more from Main Street so you can easily walk between the districts.

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If you’re driving, there are three City of Evanston parking garages in downtown Evanston, there is metered parking on the streets and free parking on side streets (like Hinman Ave.). Parking is $1/hr and it is free on Sundays.

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Visit the Main-Dempster Mile Facebook page to learn about the deals at participating stores and other fun activities on Dempster St., Main St. and Chicago Ave.

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