Heading into Thanksgiving under the limitations of a pandemic holiday shopping season, we thought we'd take a look back at some of our favorite commercials from the old days.

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I know the people back then probably thought 2020 would be a lot different than it is now, too.

Check out this classic Christmas ad for Sattlers department store (1979)

There wasn't much more excitement to be had than holiday shopping at Kmart (1979). Especially since we got to pick out our toys early -- a lot of moms and dads put their holiday purchases on the store's "layaway" program.

Kmart (1985)

Hills is where the toys are! And to this day, I haven't been able to replicate the specific taste of Hills popcorn with a red Icee. We miss Hills a lot, and you can see why from the commercial (1986).

Hills & WIVB Channel 4 (1988)

Hills (1995)

 

Hills (1993)

Kmart (1980s)

Another Western New York retail staple, AM&A's was one of the region's largest department stores. (1990)