An Animal Instinct To Shop

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Trend alert! Ellen Warren, the Chicago Tribune's "Shopping Adviser" is seeing octopi all over.

On YouTube, t-shirts, at craft fairs and greeting card shops. Seriously, look around. You don't need to go to the Shedd Aquarium gift shop to see octopi all over the place. Artists, crafters and — especially jewelry designers — seem to be captivated by the charms of these intriguing eight-armed sea creatures. (No, they're not tentacles. You're thinking of squid, which are often confused with the octopus.)

Me, I'll buy just about anything with a bird on it, but you, maybe you're all about the octopus. What's the animal whose image or shape you can't resist?

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