LORENW said: Most likely they found it in the store, under or behind some other stuff, the few Kmarts that are still open in my area, sure seem cluttered and a mess.
But it did bring back an OLD memory.
Kmart stores are a strange breed.
We have 2 Kmart stores in town and one looks like time forgot about it, for the most part.
Sometimes you find items that originally came in the plastic clamshell packaging, that hangs on a display hook. The plastic has gotten old and has yellowed.
(The only real accurate way to tell how old something is, is by the "included batteries" you can see through the packaging.
When the batteries say,"Best by 2009" and it's now late 2012, then those such items have spent more time inside Kmart than alot of Kmart employees have.
Our 2nd,newer Kmart store is like any other retail store. Seasonal stuff on shelves in a timely manner, shelf choices kept up to date, etc.
As far as these Lava lamps are concerned:
It seems that Kmart might be looking to liquidate all of these lava lamps and not replace them.
Both of our stores used to carry the lava lights.
One store is out and has not restocked.
Surprisingly, for as few workers as you see in Kmart stores these days, the stores I go to locally are both fairly well maintained.
Certainly some of the kid's toy aisles get ransacked by kids during regular hours but as the afternoon/evening draws closer to closing time, things get cleaned up fairly well.
Who knows with Kmart.
While folks are looking for these $6.05 lava lamps, they may actually come across some Lava lamps that say,"Made in the USA",
If you do, then that particular lava lamp truly has been inside the store since the 70's.