Christmas Shopping

by Jeff Abbott on December 11, 2008

The Organized Writer will soon return: I am just having to deal with Christmas and with, you know, writing.
Yesterday I took my sons Christmas shopping. I don’t do a lot of shopping and it was the first time I’d seen exactly how much the retail meltdown is happening: the stores were the least busy I’d ever seen them during the holidays. Granted, we were at an outdoor, strolling-type mall, and it was a cold day, but I’ve never seen shops so dead. Even the big anchor stores (save one) seemed nearly deserted–you certainly didn’t have a sense that Christmas and Hanukkah are right around the corner. The salespeople were more helpful than ever: telling me about sales, items that had been discounted–all this without me asking, usually after I’d taken about four steps into the store. I don’t think I paid full-price for anything and some items were 50% off.
But the busiest store, by far, was the bookstore (a new Barnes and Noble). It was busy, lots of browsers, lots of kids. I didn’t have to wait in line to check out, but hopefully those browsers were buyers as well.
Books remain a great entertainment value in hard times. And of course they make great gifts. :-) Anyway, I was glad to see that the bookstore was busy and that they had a good stock of my own books. (Yes, I always check.)

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    Ann Victor December 11, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    At least here (South Africa) we’ve got the sunshine to cheer us up! :)

    Kristan December 11, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    LOL how could you NOT check your own books?
    Yeah, I ventured out on Black Friday for the first time ever, and I was like, Seriously, this is what all the hype is about? But then I was told it was a relatively tame BF (despite what happened to that poor Walmart employee in NY).

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