[Dprglist] Last ever 1st Saturday Sidewalk Sale coming up June 3

Jeff Koenig koenig.jeff at gmail.com
Wed May 31 17:27:13 PDT 2017

The ending of an era.  I still have a number of semi-rare electronic items
I bought there in the '80s and later, all at prices a college student could

I still laugh at the sign during the DPRG sale - "Take a free monitor, get
a free donut." (I'm probably misquoting it slightly.)

On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 3:50 PM, Steve Rainwater <steevithak at gmail.com>

> Other DPRG old-timers probably have fond memories of browsing Ham radio
> gear, computer parts, and electronic surplus at the Dallas First Saturday
> Sale back in the 80s when it was located at Ross Ave. Since then it's been
> located under Woodall Rogers and has rebranded itself as the "West End
> Night Market". In 2006, the DPRG got a booth there for one sale and
> unloaded a lot of our own surplus gear. I got an email from them today
> saying they're shutting it down for good and the last ever sidewalk sale is
> the one coming up on June 3. The full text of their email is below.
> -Steve
> On Thu, 2017-05-25 at 10:29 -0700, West End Night Market wrote:
> > With regrets, the Sidewalk Sale on First Saturday final event will be
> > June 3, 2017. What began as a monthly informal parking lot gathering
> > for technical people to buy, sell, and trade ham radio and electronic
> > gear in 1972 will cease operations. The internet has changed the way
> > technical people shop for products and the Sidewalk Sale is the last
> > monthly electronic swap meet in the US to cease operations. For over
> > a year, we tried unsuccessfully to help someone else take over
> > operations and no viable operators have come forth. So now, it is
> > time to move on.
> >
> > It has been FUN! A lot of work, but, jiving with the vendors and
> > shoppers has been the best part of it. You will be missed.
> >
> > We will cooperate fully if some venturesome person wants to continue
> > operations - time is of the essence, though, and immediate action is
> > required. If you have questions regarding acquisition of operations
> > or assets, please send an email to info at sidewalksale.com.  Otherwise,
> > we plan to sell the remaining equipment, tables and electrical cords
> > at the June 3 event.
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