"There is lots to feast your eyes on, so bring your walking shoes."
Hundreds of people headed to Greenwich Avenue Thursday for the first day of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce's Annual Sidewalk Sale Days.
Marcia O'Kane, Executive Director of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce said "It's important to shop local and support your local community, your local businesses. You hear so much about the big box companies coming in and taking over the small organizations so here is your chance to support local, buy local and be an advocate for your local retail business community."
A record number - 133 shops and restaurants - on Greenwich Avenue and surrounding streets are participating in the annual event offering sales on a variety of items from handbags to dresses.
James McArdle, Owner of McArdle's in Greenwich said "It's a great time to celebrate business in Downtown Greenwich and we want to be part of that celebration. Consumers are clearly looking for a deal!"
The highly anticipated events draws in crowds from surrounding communities and out of state visitors.
Alesandra Greco came from New Rochelle in hopes of finding some deals. She said "It's really fun to walk around.
Greenwich has the greatest arrangement of shops which is better than the Westchester because the Westchester is all over the place so we like to come to Greenwich and walk around."
Nicolette Greco from New Rochelle said "The excitement of getting an awesome sale - I just love it. Like for Vineyard Vines a $100 shirt is 40%. I love getting a good sale."
Businesses say the sale days are a great way to draw in new and returning customers.
Haley Halibozek, a sales associate at Lilly Pulitzer in Greenwich said "We love getting new customers and we love getting people excited in what Lilly is all about and having future customers for the rest of the year it's almost like a life cycle."