My grandpa only bought his appliances, tools and batteries from Sears. As a kid, it always felt like a big deal to go get a new fridge or washer & drier. Somewhat of a challenge in getting it home and unloaded. I remember tackling the task of taking the doors off their hinges for many things to fit in the house.<quoted text>Not in their present incarnations. But what kid growing up in the '60s and '70s didn't love Sears? The Christmas Wish Book and the weekly trips to Sears at the mall on Saturdays? Back when they had a candy shop, a cafeteria, a toy department and a music department? That was pure Americana.
Sears started sh!tting the bed in the '90s.
Another story I recall, which I think was Die-Hard battery related, was that my grandpa said them batteries didn't blow up on you if you hooked them up wrong or opened them. I don't know if it was true or not, but he showed me an old scar or rash type mark across the side of his neck where he said a battery done that to him back in the day. I might've been 8-9 years old at the time, so I always believed they sold nicer stuff from there out.
Later in the 90s as you'll likely know, I wound up working for Sears Distribution.