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ooliyo
141 Posts
14 years, 1 month ago
It used to be one of my favorie stores to visit when I was little. I don't know weather it was a department store that only existed in California, or if they just stoped opening up new locations. Is it still around?

There is a downloadable 80's ad for it in X-entertainment.
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    snkreed99
    139 Posts
    14 years, 1 month ago
    What type of store is this?
    Are you ready for a report card????
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      ooliyo
      141 Posts
      14 years, 1 month ago
      It was a department store like "sears".
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        ooliyo
        141 Posts
        14 years, 1 month ago
        Their 5 dollor catalogs were massive.
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          Timothy1964
          520 Posts
          14 years, 1 month ago
          I live in Southeastern Pennsylvania near Philadelphia, and there used to be several BEST stores in the area, with the closest one to my house being in Northern Delaware. I think all the BEST stores in my area closed in the late 1980s or early 1990s. The store was pretty much a catalog showroom, where if you see an item you want to buy, you would fill out a slip with your name and the item's catalog number, then you would take it to a counter to place the order, then you would wait until your name was called and then you would go to the "pick-up" counter to get your merchandise and pay for it. I remember another similar store called BASCO, which BEST I believe bought them out since BASCO stores became BEST.
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            pikachulover
            2944 Posts
            14 years, 1 month ago
            I remember it. I remember my family bought an iron there in like 94 or 95. I remember you had to ask for the product you wanted instead of getting it off the shelf.
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              SharonTheJedi
              317 Posts
              14 years, 1 month ago
              I remember BEST stores. My sister and I went occasionally when we lived in Littleton, CO. I don't know if they were here in MI though.
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                14 years, 1 month ago
                BEST in my town was more of a catalog showroom. Pretty boring place. My parents only went there to make payments on stuff they bought.

                All the cheesy crystal 80s knick knacks that you could stand.
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                  Strandysmommy
                  617 Posts
                  14 years, 1 month ago
                  My dad worked in the warehouse at BEST here in MN. He had worked there since 1972 when it was still "La Bells". He was eventually the Warehouse manager, and he had it pretty good until the company went under in 1992.
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                    jenniferswe
                    403 Posts
                    14 years, 1 month ago
                    I live in Oregon and there was a Best in Salem. It has been gone for years. Our family bought several things from Best.
                    What are you people!? On dope!?

                      JohnB23
                      55 Posts
                      14 years, 1 month ago
                      Did anyone grow up in southern california? Remember the BEST store in Culver City, right by the 405 freeway?

                      I remember it more as a showroom. My main toystore was Toys R Us in Culver City, that store was packed with stuff, what a dream store for a kid. Even though it was junky and kind of dirty and disorganized, it didnt matter.
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                        80sVidKid
                        1169 Posts
                        14 years, 1 month ago
                        Although someone had already stated they were like Sears, they were far different in terms of concept than just being a regular department store, as their they were known as a catalogue showroom. There used to be one in my town several decades ago. Today, it's location was turned into a Home Depot.

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                          tigediane
                          331 Posts
                          14 years, 1 month ago
                          YES. My family used to go there all the time until it closed in the late 80's. One of our Christmas decorations still has a tag from Best.
                            howierules86
                            133 Posts
                            14 years, 1 month ago
                            There was also a BEST in Wilmington, NC that closed up in March 1997 (just two months after I moved there!). After about two years of nothing in its place, it got replaced by a Dick's Sporting Goods.
                              SchwinnGirl
                              350 Posts
                              14 years, 1 month ago
                              tigediane
                              One of our Christmas decorations still has a tag from Best.


                              That's awesome.
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                                seatown27
                                28 Posts
                                14 years, 1 month ago
                                hey everyone i am new here.. i just wanted to say i do remember best stores, we had one in everett washington... also before it was best it was called jafeco!
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                                  14 years, 1 month ago
                                  I have very fond memories of BEST. I can't remember when our town's store closed down... it had to have been the mid-90's. Maybe sometime between '93 and '96? I can't really recall exactly.

                                  The store here had a really unique setup. It was basically divided up into two (connected buildings). The one main area had the majority of their stuff, and it was your basic store setup. The other half, though, was this huge wherehouse-looking thing. That is, it had really high ceilings (think like Sam's Club height), and had a really lifeless look to it. Anyway, it was in this area of the store that they kept all of their toys, and so what's why I remember it.

                                  I also vaguely, vaguely remember the electronics portion of the store. I can remember gawking at the Genesis games and accessories through the glass display cases.

                                  Again, I really don't know why I liked that place so much, but I always enjoyed going there.

                                  Oh yeah, that reminds me: this dollar store recently opened up in the wherehouse-area of what was formerly BEST. While the main area of the old BEST is off-limits, you can look in there from the other part. It's really a creepy feeling seeing a big, empty abandoned place like that. I like to go in that dollar store not only because they have some good deals, but also because I get to get a glimpse of what used to be one of my favorite places to shop with my parents.
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                                    HarryReems
                                    2067 Posts
                                    14 years, 1 month ago
                                    What about the store called Gayfers?
                                    No one seems to care about Gayfers.
                                    Why doesn't anyone remember or speak of Gayfers anymore?
                                      System
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                                      14 years, 1 month ago
                                      Best is all over in Okinawa, I bought many a video game there.
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                                        14 years, 1 month ago
                                        Baburu
                                        Best is all over in Okinawa, I bought many a video game there.

                                        Is or was?
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