Let's face it, a department store is a department store. You can get Ralph Lauren or Liz Claiborne or Tommy Hilfiger or Uggs anywhere. What sets Nordstrom's apart is their customer service. My mom is a regular and they call her when there is a hosiery sale so she can stock up. Although their merchandise can be a bit pricey, their Half-Yearly sales are great opportunities to pick up whatever you need.