I saw this story this morning about how economists are predicting the worst season of holiday sales since that last big recession we had in the early '90s. I suppose this is good news if you still plan to hit the stores come Christmas time, because I'm betting there will be some crazy good sales. Of course, that doesn't forgive the fact that gas, food and everything else is so horribly expensive.
Apparently Crate and Barrel reads the WSJ, because sure enough I had an e-mail this afternoon from the company pushing corporate Christmas gifts. I know everyone says the Christmas sales begin earlier and earlier every year, but I have NEVER been hit over the head with a Christmas sale in September. I realize they're trying to reach corporate customers, and those people make decisions about whether they're buying their clients/staff holiday gifts sooner than you and I start buying, but still. It just shows you how much the stores are already freaking out.