|Sears trees look real, but ...|
|Shopper and child.|
|A pause for lunch at Valley View.|
|Hanging around for the sale.|
|"As the shoppers rush home with their treasures ..."|
|My buddy Heather at Big Lots checkout.|
|Shopping rich at Finks.|
|The lot at Walmart shows that Black Friday has not fully struck yet.|
|Teens shop kiosk for handbags.|
I had no trouble getting to or parking at Valley View Mall, the largest shopping center in the region, today. The crowds inside were larger than normal, but hardly the savage throngs we've come to expect. I don't know what this says for the economy, but it means shopping is a little less stressful for many.
Now, we need to turn our attention to Small Business Saturday and buy our real Christmas gifts tomorrow in a small store where the people working there know us by name.