The SideWalk Sale began as a get-together of ham radio enthusiasts in 1972 meeting on the 1st Saturday of every month in the parking lot of the Wholesale Electronics company. The idea was conceived by Walt Jackson, a principal then at Wholesale Electronics, as a means to generate trade in the used ham radio market. When Wholesale Electronics moved to Ross Avenue and Central Expressway in 1974, the monthly swap meet moved with it and stayed there until 2005.
With the advent of PCs in the early 80s, the focus of the SideWalk Sale has grown and changed to mostly computers and software. Not to forget, though, all kinds of other treasured electronic apparatti can be found there also. And, ham radio operators still frequent the sale and deal in radios and related equipment.
Although he may shift credit to others, the real shepherd of the 1st Saturday Sale has been former Dallas City Councilman and Texas State Senator John Leedom. John is the last active member of the team that founded Wholesale Electronics and, over the years, has been a strong advocate when dealing with city officials. The event might not be the success it is today with out the guiding hand and support of Senator Leedom.
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Woodall Rodgers Plaza
2200 N Record St, Dallas, TX 75202, USA
Dallas, Texas, United States
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