American Retail, Where Christmas Comes Six Weeks Before Halloween

The kids are barely back in school, but in American retail, it’s Christmas. Here are two new entries in the annals of Christmas creepiness: department store Kohl’s and closeout chain Ollie’s.

Kohl’s being Kohl’s, of course, the Christmas merch is already on sale. Well, “sale.” Consumerist reader SC sent this photo along from a Midwestern store on September 21.

Reader Jay snapped this picture at Ollie’s on September 17th. “I watched for a minute and listened to the two unhappy employees discussing how ridiculous it was to be putting them out this early with people walking around in shorts and flip flops,” he writes. Yes.