LIMITED POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR SECTION 16 REPORTING PURPOSES

     Know all by these present, that the undersigned hereby makes, constitutes and appoints Charles J. Hansen as the undersigned's true and lawful attorney-in-fact, with full power and authority as hereinafter described on behalf of and in the name, place and stead of the undersigned to:

     (1) execute for, and on behalf of, the undersigned, in the undersigned's capacity as an officer and/or director of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (the "Company"), a Form ID and any other forms (a “Form ID”) required to be filed or submitted in accordance with Regulation S-T promulgated by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (or any successor provision) in order to file Forms 3, 4 and 5 and any other forms required to be filed in accordance with Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and the rules thereunder (a “Section 16 Form” and together with a Form ID, the “Forms”);

     (2) seek or obtain, as the undersigned's representative and on the undersigned's behalf, information on transactions in the Company's securities from any third party, including brokers, employee benefit plan administrators and trustees, and the undersigned hereby authorizes any such person to release any such information to the attorney-in-fact and further approves and ratifies any such release of information;

     (3) do and perform any and all acts for and on behalf of the undersigned which may be necessary or desirable to prepare, complete and execute any such Forms, and any amendments thereto, or other required report and timely file such Forms or reports with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the NASDAQ Capital Market and any stock exchange or similar authority as considered necessary or advisable under Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act; and

     (4) take any other action of any type whatsoever in connection with the foregoing which, in the opinion of such attorney-in-fact, may be of benefit to, in the best interest of, or legally required by, the undersigned, it being understood that the documents executed by such attorney-in-fact on behalf of the undersigned pursuant to this Power of Attorney shall be in such form and shall contain such terms and conditions as such attorney-in-fact may approve in such attorney-in-fact's sole discretion.

     The undersigned hereby gives and grants to the attorney-in-fact full power and authority to do and perform any and every act and thing whatsoever requisite, necessary, or proper to be done in the exercise of any of the rights and powers herein granted, as fully to all intents and purposes as the undersigned might or could do if personally present, with full power of substitution or revocation, hereby ratifying and confirming all that the attorney-in-fact, or such attorney-in-fact's substitute or substitutes, shall lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue of this power of attorney and the rights and powers herein granted.

     The undersigned hereby acknowledges that (a) the foregoing attorney-in-fact is serving in such capacity at the request of the undersigned; (b) this Limited Power of Attorney authorizes, but does not require, the attorney-in-fact to act in his discretion on information provided to such attorney-in-fact without independent verification of such information; (c) any documents prepared and/or executed by the attorney-in-fact on behalf of the undersigned pursuant to this Limited Power of Attorney shall be in such form and shall contain such information and disclosure as such attorney-in-fact, in his sole discretion, deems necessary or advisable; (d) neither the Company nor the attorney-in-fact assumes (i) any liability for the undersigned's responsibility to comply with the requirements of the Exchange Act, (ii) any liability of the undersigned for any failure to comply with such requirements, or (iii) any obligation or liability of the undersigned for profit disgorgement under Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act; and (e) this Limited Power of Attorney does not relieve the undersigned from responsibility for compliance with the undersigned's obligations under the Exchange Act, including, without limitation, the reporting requirements under Section 16 of the Exchange Act.

     This Power of Attorney shall remain in full force and effect until the undersigned is no longer required to file any Forms with respect to the undersigned's holdings of, and transactions in, securities issued by the Company, unless earlier revoked as to the attorney-in-fact by the undersigned in a signed writing delivered to such attorney-in-fact.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has caused this Power of Attorney to be executed as of this 19th day of October, 2012.

Signature: /s/ JOSEPHINE LINDEN

Name: Josephine Linden