Sunny skies and cool buys all but guaranteed a sales uptick for retailers in downtown Palmerton on Friday.
A day after the inclement weather rendered its opening virtually nonexistent, pleasurable weather accompanied day two of the borough's 42nd annual Sidewalk Sale.
The sale was able to bounce back in a big way as patrons traversed through several blocks of Delaware Avenue in search of that specific want, newfound discovery, or, in the case of 10-year-old Aaron Fromal, a refreshing cup of lemonade.
A native of Warrington, Bucks County, Aaron stopped by the Alex's Lemonade Stand outside Jan's Barber Shop, at 434 Delaware Avenue, that was being operated by Gavin Doll, 8, and Charlotte Doll, 5, of Palmerton.
Just up the block, Jennifer Weaver, of Ashfield, and Louise Lazarchick, of Lehighton, could be observed with bags in tow.
"We come every year," Weaver said. "The deals are very good."
Weaver added "it's especially good for Palmerton. It brings people in."
That's precisely what the sale is intended to do, said Peter Kern, a member of the Palmerton Area Historical Society, which had a display set up outside its headquarters.
Kern, who also serves as president of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce, said the PAHS "is an integral part of the downtown area."
"We serve to introduce people to the community, and the county as a whole," Kern said. "People stop not only for Palmerton, but the surrounding area."
Kern said the organization was glad to participate in the sale.
"The Heritage Center has about 2,000 visitors a year," he said. "Today is our opportunity to deaccession some of our extra items that people may wish to have as mementos of Palmerton."
The sale began today at 9 a.m., and is scheduled to wrap up later in the day.