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May 29, 2006

Albany--While many of you enjoyed Memorial Day by spending time with the family and cooking out, some of you saw the holiday as a time to shop 'til you drop.

Shopper Linda Russell has just one thing on her mind: "To find some bargains,"  she says.

Like many shoppers, she can't resist a good deal.  "I just walked in looking at different prices, and looking at different percentages off," she says.

And it's the low prices that have her spending more money than planned.

"I come in for just two pair of shoes, sandals, and a pair of tennis shoes, and this is what I ended up with," she says.

But she isn't the only one addicted to this weekend's holiday sales.

"They are good on Memorial Day," says shopper, Andrea Ray.  From hats to handbags, she has no problem splurging her money on bargains.

"If it comes down to that, I will," she says.

The extra spending means big business for retailers. "I've probably rung up over forty, fifty customers," says JC Penney sales associate, Binai Carroll. 

She barely has time to think. "We've had to work very hard this Memorial Day because we've had an awesome turnover of people coming in," she says.

"It's been extra busy for this Memorial Day sale," says Carroll's co-worker, Lashondra Green. 

Green says many people have their eyes on the clothes. "A lot of people want a lot of red, white, and blue stuff, and a lot of swim wear, that's what I've been ringing a lot up today," she says.

While bargains tend to cause some people to spend more money than usual, shoppers like Linda Russell, don't mind one bit. "It's worth it. It's worth it," she says.

Many retailers make their biggest profits on Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping holiday of the year.

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