I saw this, from Caleb Daniloff's blog (What i saw today):
Strolled the Church Street marketplace during lunch. The annual summersidewalk sale was under way. The crowds were thick under the whitetents, hands rifling through clothes-racks, shopping bags hanging fromelbows. I picked up one dress shirt, just to see what a $185button-down felt like. It felt like protection from the embarassment ofshowing up in the same shirt as a lower-paid co-worker. Lots of merch,lots of money changing hands, lots of 50-percent-off signs. For somereason, this was a newsworthy event. I spotted several TV crews and alocal columnist, eyes and cameras trained on all the swooning consumersexcept for those of us seeking out the 50-percent-off health-insurancetable, half-off fuels stand and drastically reduced war-casualtiescounter.
This is a post from Wed, July 26. I saw the same sale, and had some of the same thoughts this morning.