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Dec. 29, 1989: Frenzied post-holiday shopping makes for a familiar scene

While differences in stories through time are always interesting, it's the sameness in things 25 years later that captures my attention.

Pleasures and Pasttimes is gone, and the Premier Store is no longer in Kenmore, but most other details in this story could have appeared in today’s News.

"Holiday-week buying is in full tilt"

"AS IF THE FRENZY before Christmas weren't enough, consider the days immediately following, when shoppers shop with a vengeance.

"Nancy Messing, her husband and three other family members, for example, set their alarms for the middle of the night the morning after Christmas so they could hit the road by 3 a.m.

"Destination? The Ralph Lauren half-price sale at the Niagara Falls Outlet Mall.

"Purpose? To be among the first in line.

" 'It's my husband,' Mrs. Messing said. 'He likes the clothes.' So much, in fact, that they drove from Grosse Pointe, Mich., to join an estimated 200 other 'Polo players' in bitterly cold weather waiting for the store to open at 9.

"This wasn't the only crazy crowd out this holiday week. Dedicated shoppers hit the sale aisles to buy up half-price Christmas ornaments, wrapping paper and artificial trees. They lined up at department store counters to return Christmas gifts -- too big, too small, too many, too ugly. They crammed the parking lots of food stores to stock up for New Year's festivities."

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