The economy is nothing to cheer about, and there´s a looming war with Iraq. But that didn´t stop Californians from flooding to stores for the first official day of the holiday shopping season. Still, many kept and eye on their budgets and went for discounts.
At the Glendale Galleria in suburban Los Angeles, 500 people began lining up at 3:30 a.m. at K-B Toys, which had discounts and free giveaways starting at 5 a.m.
The chief economist of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation says the store is one of many that´s resorting to such stunts to stay competitive during tough times. Some of the hottest-selling items this year include knit scarves, leather jackets and video games.
But they´re not on everyone´s list. Glendale resident Brenda DeBorja says she´s worried about the economy, so she´s giving Christmas wreaths to save money — and buying toys on sale.