I've bought 3 or 4 lawn mowers, 3 vacuum cleaners, 2 snow blowers, a large shop vac, several-hundred-piece socket set and other tools, washer and dryer and a fridge at my local sears here in Canada over the years, going back 15, almost 20 years now. Time was, you get old enough to buy a house, you go out and get all the tools and power equipment you see your dad using when you were a kid. For the past 20 years, both in US and Canada, 20, 30 year olds are being warehoused in colleges, universities or still living with their parents. New household formation has cratered to new lows. Commercial / retail rent in Canada is, I hear, crazy because there's no competition when it comes to commercial property ownership. Nothing except the largest, biggest box stores can make money any more, and people are increasingly hating the shopping experience, slogging through traffic to get there, etc.
Apparently during the first few days of my local sears starting the shut-down sales process, people were going crazy buying kenmore vaccum bags. They sold through hundreds of packages I'm told.