I had a meeting in Soho the other day, and couldn't help but notice the sales. Full window neon letters and stock signs made anyone within fifty feet aware of the percentage savings (50! 75!) or the "last chance to save big." The signs were so ubiquitous that, though certainly eye catching, did little to lure me in. I had visions of messy, picked over clearance bins with nothing but purple gloves or boots in size 5 or 11. No thanks. Since I hate to shop anyway (I mean, really, really hate it), I passed even though my beloved boots are *this* close to retirement. As I walked around, I thought back to a few of the sale signs in Paris. It's sale season there as well, and though there are plenty of neon signs graced with hastily scribbled messages of savings, there were a few cool ones that I thought were really integrated with the shop aesthetic.