19th annual Alexandria Warehouse Sale supports local small businesses

One Northern Virginia community is doing its part this weekend to support small businesses during the post-holiday shopping slump.

On Saturday and Sunday, the 19th annual Alexandria Warehouse Sale is happening throughout parts of the city

More than 50 businesses and boutiques from across the DMV are taking part in the annual shopping event, which has become a big tradition for people in the area looking to keep their money local.

"It has kind of become a ritual for a lot of people, and they look forward to it and now that it’s walkable we have more than 50 stores participating, so you can really make a day of it," Elizabeth Todd, founder of the event, tells FOX 5. "This is a slow time of the year for most retailers in January and in February and there’s a little thing called cash flow that we all need at this time of the year so it’s kind of a great way to help us pay our bills the first two months of the year."

The event is so popular, in fact, that even people from outside the DMV show up to score deep discounts during the two-day event.

"We have people that actually are staying overnight in our local hotels here along the King Street corridor and down on the waterfront, and they will be shopping and dining all day long," said Charlotte Hall the Managing Director of Old Town Business.

The event has become even more important in recent years as many of the businesses taking part try to bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

FOX 5 spoke with shoppers at the event on Saturday who expressed the importance of the sale.

"We have been coming to the sale now for ten years," said Northern Virginia resident Janine Sweeney. "And it is really important because as you know there are the large retailers, but then there are these small independent shops who are keeping the business, and it’s our business to be here."

The event is being held throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.

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