Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Middleburg, the quaint historic town nestled in Virginia horse country, is cleaning out its closets and storage areas and moving onto the sidewalks, August 3 – 5, for the 12th annual Summer Sidewalk Sale. The sale, sponsored by the Middleburg branch of Sonabank, the Town of Middleburg and the Middleburg Business and Professional Association, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday as posted by shops.

“This is a wonderful time of year for visitors to shop and find bargains throughout the town of Middleburg,” said Middleburg Business and Professional Association President Punkin Lee.

Many of the unique shops in the village will have discounts on everything from shoes to children’s clothes to pottery, as well as lots of specials in the local restaurants. Arrive early to get the best bargains—or better yet, stay over at one of the inns in town Red Fox Inn, 540-687-6301,, Goodstone Inn, 540-687-3333, or Salamander Resort & Spa, 540- 687-3600, and make a weekend of it.

Look for the colorful balloons outside participating stores. Shops with fantastic bargains include Duchessa (clothing and accessories), Crème de la Crème (pottery, ceramics, linens, etc.), Tully Rector (shoes, clothing, accessories and beauty products), Richard Allen Clothing (clothing and accessories), Lou Lou (clothing and accessories), Lou Lou Too (accessories), C.D. Rigden & Son Country Classics (men’s and women’s clothing), Les Jardins De Bagatelle (French gift shop),  The Christmas Sleigh (gifts and collectibles), Stitch (yarn), Middleburg Millworks (building supplies and hardware), The Boudoir (lingerie), Aliloo & Son Rug Gallery (oriental rugs),  Imagine (holistic store) and Kriser’s Natural Pet (pet supplies) —and many more one-of-a-kind stores you’ll never find in a mall.

Be sure to circulate throughout town so you don’t miss anything! At the west end you’ll find The Fun Shop (children’s clothing, party goods, decorative gifts), Middleburg’s answer to the department store, with rooms full of wonderful things. J.McLaughlin (clothing and accessories), Highcliffe Clothiers (men’s and women’s clothing), Second Chapter Books (new and used books), Sonabank, Lenhill Silver Gallery, Middleburg Antique Emporium, Middleburg Bank, and a Thrift Shop are all located on the west end of town. Middleburg also has many fine galleries and antique shops, such as Byrne Gallery and Gallery on Madison. Journeymen and The Tack Box will be offering discounts on equestrian related products such as riding gear and gifts.

When you need a little respite from all of the bargain hunting, visit the National Sporting Library & Museum on The Plains Road or stop in one of Middleburg’s fine restaurants scattered along Washington Street and Federal Street. You can pick from the likes of The Red Fox Inn (contemporary American food), Cuppa Giddy Up (coffee and tea), Scruffy’s Ice Cream Parlor, Red Horse Tavern, the restaurant at Goodstone Inn, Julien’s Café & Market (well-priced French café), Middleburg Common Grounds (coffee, tea and sandwiches), Market Salamander (gourmet market and café), Middleburg Deli (sandwiches), Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery, Popcorn Monkey (gourmet popcorn), Gold Cup Wine Bar, Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill, Side Saddle Café (farm market and café), Teddy’s Pizza (pizza and subs), Upper Crust Bakery, Best Thai Kitchen, Thaiverse 2, Red Bar Sushi, and King Street Oyster Bar.

A receipt raffle for a gift basket filled with items from some of the local participating merchants will be held each day of the sale; visit the Sonabank information tent (10 W. Washington St.) that will be set up during the event for additional information. The information tent will also feature games and special giveaways.

Visit or for event updates. For additional information, please contact the Middleburg Town Office at 540-687-5152.

Middleburg is located approximately 45 minutes from Washington, D.C., and is in close proximity to Dulles International Airport. From Washington, take I-66 west to Route 50 west (Exit 57B) toward Winchester. Drive approximately 25 miles to Middleburg. For more information on the town, visit