I left empty handed, ordered what I needed online, and promised myself I would not ever waste time at a Radio Shack again.
But once, long ago, boys and girls, in a country called America, there was a business called Radio Shack. Here's the catalog from 1945.
They branched out and made an industrial catalog for a while. Here's what they were selling in 1965.
When was the last time I could have walked into a Radio Shack and got a silicon controlled rectifier? How about a 10 amp power relay? A assorted box of resistors in various values and power ratings?
Radio Shack has been gone for a long time.