Modern Living: The Boston Supershoppers

Boston men call it the "snake pit." To their wives and daughters, it is the "fabulous FABB." By any name, Filene's Automatic Bargain Basement is the town's most riotous mob scene since the Boston Massacre.

Filene's has been in business for 61 years, and is testament to the curious fever that infects bargain hunters. Driven by the notion that they are saving while spending, they not only buy more than they need but, as Basement General Merchandise Manager James Gormley says, "they end up spending more money than they would normally." Each day throngs...

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