Could ice shanties like this one, built on Wisconsin's Lake Waubesa in 2005, be considered something of an economic indicator? Joseph W. Jackson III/Wisconsin State Journal via AP hide caption

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Professional shopper Lauren A. Rothman, who personally shops for those who don't have the time or fashion sense, works her way through the women's department at a major store. Paul Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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