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

Ed Paradis legomaniac at gmail.com
Wed May 31 21:22:37 PDT 2017

I definitely have some formative memories from 1st Saturday. My greatest
find was a Fluke Oscilloscope that looked like it'd be dropped off the back
of a truck for $20. It ended up being a pretty nice unit with cursors and
auto-scaling and worked great. Many a quadrature encoder was debugged with
that scope.

On Wed, May 31, 2017 at 5:27 PM, Jeff Koenig <koenig.jeff at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> afford.
> 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>
> wrote:
>> 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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