Saturday, July 18, 2009

Cloudy skies and record cold temperatures couldn't dampen Maxwell Street Days spirits

Maxwell Street Days
I always thought that the sizzling heat and humidity of mid-July were what made Maxwell Street Days tick. I figured that, for the thousands of shoppers wandering State Street in a heat-struck daze, the propensity to shop was directly proportional to their rising core temperature. I thought that being on the verge of heatstroke was what made people see great bargains in the piles of stuff that had gone unsold all year and were now being hawked on the sidewalk.

Apparently not. Friday we had a "record low high," as the weatherpeeps put it on TV. It didn't seem to discourage anyone. And Saturday, when it was a bit warmer but still chilly and cloudy, there were even more people. People seemed to be having a good time -- and, yes, finding lots of bargains.

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