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POSTED: Friday, November 28, 2008, 1:11 PM

Inquirer staff writer Sam Wood reports:

Robin’s Book Store, a favorite haunt of the Philadelphia’s literati, announced last week that this will be its last holiday season. It will be closing up shop at the end of January.

Early this afternoon there were a handful of customers at the store. The customers appeared suprised at the store's demise. 

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POSTED: Friday, November 28, 2008, 12:10 PM

Inquirer staff writer Matt Katz reports:

Yay, recession!

That was the sentiment on the minds of many shoppers at the Cherry Hill Mall. They said yes, maybe they should spend less because their retirement savings were being annihilated in the stock market. But who could resist these deals?

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POSTED: Friday, November 28, 2008, 11:51 AM

Inquirer staff writer Sam Wood reports:

A sour ecomomy isn't going to spoil Lenore Cooper's holiday shopping plans.
She was out early at Walmart to take advantage of special sales on pajamas and fleecewear with her mother and two children in tow.
"We couldn't get toys today because the kids are here," the Port Richmond resident said.
As Alyssa, 8, and Matthew, 3, each dropped a dollar bill into a Salvation Army bucket in front of the store, Cooper swore she'd never bring them shopping on Black Friday again.
"It's just way too crowded," Cooper said as she prepared to dodge traffic in the trash strewn parking lot.
The shopping excursion had been successful, she said.
"Four dollars for pj sets and sweatshirts!" she said.
:Cooper said despite the economic downturn she planned to spend more this year.
"It's not affecting me," Cooper said. "I save up all year putting $5 a week into a Christmas account.
"If you save up all year it don't hurt you too bad."

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POSTED: Friday, November 28, 2008, 11:35 AM

Inquirer staff writer Maria Panaritis reports:

The crowds were out at King of Prussia Mall this morning. Mall officials say traffic so far is on par with what they saw last year, even though the economy has created an air of caution among shoppers and retailers, alike.

 Mall spokesman Mark Bachus reports that so far things look about as hopping as this time last year. The real proof though will come at the end of the season, he said, when the more important sales tally will show whether shoppers actually spent the kind of money that retailers hope they will.

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POSTED: Friday, November 28, 2008, 11:10 AM

Inquirer staff writer Kathleen Brady Shea reports:

Patty Morgan was a model of efficiency today, finishing her shopping before 9 a.m. and still smiling.
Morgan, 54, of West Chester, said she started her expedition at 5 a.m., hitting four stores from Exton to Downingtown that had attractive sales.
“I’m trying to stay within my means this year but still have fun,” she said.
She also deliberately stayed away from a major mall. Her final destination: The Christmas Tree Shop in Downingtown.
“You can’t beat their prices,” she said. “Economically, I think I did very well.”
Pittsburgh residents John Doucette, 49, and Heidi Miller, 34, also enjoyed a productive outing.
Visiting relatives for Thanksgiving, they arrived at the Exton Square Mall, where some shoppers took advantage of a promotion to wear pajamas and receive a gift bag.
“I just thought it was a fashion trend,” said Miller.
Ignoring the dismal economy, she and Doucette bought themselves a holiday gift: a washer and dryer, which Sears will deliver to Pittsburgh.
Many shoppers said tradition trumped bleak financial forecasts.
“We tried to cut back, but we’re not doing too well, admitted Christi Mowery, 34, of Baltimore.
She said she and her relatives have been coming to the mall the day after Thanksgiving for years and found the crowds a bit heavier than usual.
Patty Tunnell, 38, of West Chester, has a similar family routine that was expanded this year because her brother, Joe Conahan, 46, of La Plata, Md., just retired after 26 years in the Navy.
“Usually, I come with my five sisters,” she said. “But we decided to let him in.”
Tunnell said she and her sisters go their separate ways but stay in cellphone contact, reconvening for periodic food breaks.
Conahan opted to stick with Tunnell, the group’s diehard, who began shopping at 4 a.m. and expects to complete her list by 5 p.m.
“I’ll have everything wrapped by next week,” she said.
Having her brother by her side, and not in Iraq, made a fun day even more special.
“I’m having a blast,” Conahan said.

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POSTED: Friday, November 28, 2008, 9:59 AM

Inquirer staff writer Matt Katz reports:

It’s busy, but not jam-packed at the Cherry Hill Mall. Shoppers are saying there are fewer people at the Mall than during previous Black Fridays. They attribute that to the state of the economy.

“I don’t think we stood in line for 5 minutes at any store we went in,” said Evangelina Henry, a teacher from Camden.

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POSTED: Friday, November 28, 2008, 9:33 AM

Inquirer staff writer Sam Wood reports:

Macy’s in Center City opened at 5 a.m. this morning as a clutch of shoppers waited at the doors eager to pounce on steeply discounted items.

But by 7 a.m., there were no lines -- and no waiting -- at the cash registers.

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POSTED: Friday, November 28, 2008, 8:07 AM

Inquirer staff writer Robert Moran reports:

To make sure she got the best Black Friday deals, Carol Highfield got in line at the Best Buy in Springfield, Delaware County, at 3 a.m.
That’s 3 a.m. Thanksgiving morning.
You think that’s way too early — and maybe a little crazy? Well, the next group in line came about a half hour after her. And the next group about another half hour later.
The first people in line were in groups and Highfield was joined by her sister and three friends.
“If you’re not the first in line, you’re not getting anything,” said Highfield, a school bus driver and mother of two college-age kids.
This bit of extreme shopping is a tradition for her family and friends, who’ve been doing this for five years. And the other super-early shoppers have been doing this for a few years, too, so it’s become a hangout scene.

To be clear, they didn't all just site there the entire time. They rotated with some going home for a few hours while one or more stayed. And they staggered their Thanksgiving dinners so everyone could spend a little time eating turkey with their families.

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