I was in a Sears today. They didn't have what I was looking for, but I took a little stroll through the store just for fun…well, that's a bit of an overstatement. It wasn't really fun, but it was interesting, in a land-that-time-forgot kind of way. I gotta hand it to Sears. They're not going to be browbeaten into 21st century merchandising techniques. You know how people today enjoy stores that are "cool" or "fun" or "clean"? Sears is having none of it. Just stick the stuff on racks or put it on the floor. What you see is what you get--a sweater with a wolf on it, for instance. Or a shovel. Sears' shoe department has a beige sign saying "Footwear." That's sexy. It's like they said, "Shoes are kind of fun…how can we kill that?"
I'll always be grateful to Sears, though, for the guitars in the catalogue. SO cool to fawn over when I was a kid.