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October 12, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Even by the outré standards of the 1980s - when music was full of smooth criminals and material girls - the Pet Shop Boys stood out. Two fashion-conscious English guys with the crisp enunciation of schoolteachers, the pioneering duo made electronic synth-pop that looked to the future just as it drew on the old-fashioned storytelling of Noel Coward and P.G. Wodehouse. But nearly 30 years after it broke out with the worldwide smash "West End Girls," the group might be more singular now than it was back then: It's the exceedingly rare veteran act that's gone about its business - and held onto much of its fanbase - without coming across as desperate or uninspired.
December 17, 2010 | By Sandra M. Jones
Early this fall, James Reinhart noticed something odd happening at ThredUp, the children's clothing swap site the Harvard Business School graduate and his buddies dreamed up a year ago. Swappers started using the online exchange to trade toys. As the volume of toy trading increased, ThredUp decided there was enough demand to expand its service. The San Francisco start-up officially launched its toy exchange site Dec. 6, just as holiday shopping shifted into full gear. The turn of events at ThredUp signals how dramatically shopping is changing in the wake of the Great Recession.
December 17, 1987 | From Reuters
A Houston consumer electronics concern said it is terminating its shop-by-television operation, citing doubts about "whether the home shopping industry is viable into the 1990s." Entertainment Marketing Inc. said it will terminate its Consumer Discount Network home shopping unit Dec. 21 to stem losses in the division. While the division's sales grew rapidly in the first nine months of 1987 to $6.6 million from $721,591 the year before, losses grew even more quickly.
July 20, 2008 | Rosemary McClure
Grab a cafe au lait at a sidewalk restaurant, see the Eiffel Tower and shop, shop, shop on a holiday tour to Paris. The deal: The four-night Christmas-shopping package, available during November, starts at $978 (airport taxes add $130 more), double occupancy. Included are round-trip airfare from LAX, four nights' accommodations in central Paris, daily breakfast, discount coupons and a Paris map. Reservations: For information, contact Adventure Vacations at (800) 600-5587 or (858)
September 5, 1994
It's an American ritual as old as the public school system, the annual fall trek to buy new clothes, pencils and paper before the start of the new school year. Members of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Northridge-Chatsworth Rotary Club maintain that new supplies are more than just a luxury: They can also be a part of building a child's self-esteem. And too many Los Angeles children have never known the excitement of the back-to-school shopping trip, they say.
January 28, 2012 | By Alice Short, Assistant managing editor/features
Travel is broadening, we are told. The experience of new customs and foods and landscapes  is sure to make us better citizens of the planet. And while we have no quarrel with this worldview, for some of us, travel is about shopping - not to the exclusion of all that other spirit-enhancing stuff, but rather, as a soul-affirming enhancement. It's the thrill of a great find - a secret designer outlet store, an antique bracelet, or a great pair of shoes. Most of us deserve only an “amateur” rating when it comes to shopping while traveling, but a series of experts will gather at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show for a panel  titled “In the Bag: A Shopper's Guide to the World.”  The event is in the L.A. Convention Center's West Hall.
December 1, 2002 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
In this season of "buy now, pay later" promotions and budget-busting largess, debt counselors warn that bills rung up today can haunt consumers long after the holiday decorations have been put away. "Everybody starts the season with the good intention of not overspending," said Howard Dvorkin, vice president of the Assn. of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies in Fairfax, Va.
July 12, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
As a heat wave sweeps eastward through much of the United States, residents of the affected cities are bracing for the worst. A few words of advice: Protect your young, your elderly and your residents of bad shopping areas. It's true. People who live in areas without "inviting" businesses are more at risk of dying. A 2006 study published in the American Sociological Review looked at the 1995 heat wave in Chicago and found that mortality rates were higher in areas where businesses were not well tended and leaned toward the bar-and-liquor-store variety.
It's as American as the post-Thanksgiving stomachache: throwing reason out with the wishbone and stampeding to the nearest mall to help usher in the holiday season. But if the day after turkey day spend-a-thon isn't going away, it can at least go a little smoother. Fully aware that shopping for the holidays can be a colossal headache for many people, area malls plan events and special services to keep customers happy.
February 27, 1994 | BILL HIGGINS
By 1:30 a.m. the number of customers at the only 24-hour Good Guys store has dropped off dramatically. There's a ledge of time only hard-core retail vampires choose to leap. One moment there are dozens of shoppers, the next only six or seven wandering past the "toys and distractions," as one salesman calls the TVs, cameras, phones, computers, boomboxes and stereos. "After 1 a.m.
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