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Crazy Days promise a bargain

WORTHINGTON -- If you enjoy great shopping deals, plan on being up early Thursday morning.

Worthington's city-wide Crazy Days event is set to kick off 7 a.m. Thursday and will run through Saturday. Organized by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, Crazy Days is a joint effort among businesses that participate voluntarily.

"It's one way for businesses to give crazy prices to the public," said Darlene Macklin, the Chamber's executive director.

Participating businesses include stores located downtown and along Oxford Street, as well as Northland Mall.

Maria Thier of Lit'l Wizards plans to have sidewalk chalk to keep children entertained. Lit'l Wizards, which sells educational products and toys, will be having a moving sale accompanying its regular Crazy Days deals. The store is relocating to 211 10 th St.

"A lot of our story books are going to run 50 percent off," Thier said.

In addition, customers will be able to enjoy at least a 20 percent discount on in-store merchandise. Popular Lit'l Wizards toys include puzzles and monster puppets.

"I think people, at Crazy Days, somewhat start to think of holidays and birthdays," she added.

Crazy Days customers will be able to enjoy sidewalk sales downtown Friday and Saturday, when stores resume regular business hours.

Northland Mall will have an extra day -- Sunday -- of crazy prices. JC Penney will be featuring clearance items, some of which will be within the 50 to 70 percent discount range. Also at bargain prices will be back-to-school items and winter coats.

"Check out the clearance racks," advised Deb Steinle, store manager.

Crazy Days is a prime way for residents to support local businesses.

"These businesses are the ones that contribute back to events here in Worthington," Macklin said.

Steinle said that although JC Penney is administered through a corporate office, she likes to support local chamber events.