| by Kenneth Chase | 32 comments

Would you buy a home from Sears? These people did and they love it


Sears tried to make it as easy as
possible. You could write them and get a free catalog and go through the catalog and
pick the house of your dreams. That’s all original, painted. We saw this house and it just, it just, it was beautiful. So I thought, nah, I like it. You know, and it was reasonable. And all the woodwork is intact. So, there’s something fascinating about the thought of this whole house came on a railroad car. And was unpacked in boxes and put together like a huge puzzle. The prices in the catalog did not include the lot or the foundation or the construction labor. I’ve talked to a number of people whose parents built pre-cut homes and invariably the children’s job was to sort the boards by number. pre-cut homes and invariably the
children’s job was to sort the boards by number It’s a very well-built house. I think someday it might be worth more because it’s a Sears house. This is the 300 block of Hamilton Street in Elgin. The first house on the block is the Mitchell model. And there’s actually three Barringtons on this block. The Osborn model. It’s a Betsy Ross model from Sears. As best we know, I think we’re at 213. Elgin doesn’t have more Sears homes than anybody else. It’s just that we, in Elgin, we know a lot about our Sears homes. There’s a couple things you need in order to get a lot of mail order houses in your town. One, you need good railroad access. Two, it helps if you have a lot of population growth in the 1920s when most of the homes went up. Especially working class population growth. And it kind of helps if you’re right near Chicago, Illinois which was Sears’ headquarters. It’s been said that Sears went into this business in the hopes of selling more building materials. Which was one of the items in their main merchandise catalogs. You could buy doors, windows, millwork. I think the big change was the entire construction methodology in the housing industry. It was much more cost effective to build tract housing. I think that hurt the mail-order house industry a lot. This is just, oh my God, it’s, it’s sculpture. This is all made of old-growth timber, which of course you can’t buy anymore. I think it was a shame they stopped. They should have just kept going.

32 Comments

Visteo Bman

Jun 6, 2017, 3:24 am Reply

Nice job wapo.

Lord Pantaloons

Jun 6, 2017, 3:26 am Reply

Now I wanna buy a house from Amazon

Timothy L. ove

Jun 6, 2017, 6:50 am Reply

Junk

thephenomenalone

Jun 6, 2017, 11:04 am Reply

hopefully sears doesn't die out.

Scott Wiler

Jun 6, 2017, 11:26 am Reply

WAPO

colkid Glen

Jun 6, 2017, 12:21 pm Reply

Sears was bought by the losers who bought Kmart. They couldn't manage their way
to a profit. They sold the Craftsmen" name.
They most likely will be gone soon.

Lawrence Lewis

Jun 6, 2017, 8:08 pm Reply

I used to own a Sears kit house in Poughkeepsie, New York. About 6 of the houses on the street were Sears kits, all basically the same but changed a bit since they were built in 1930. There are quite a few of them in that part of New York if you know what you are looking at. A boxy 2 story building, Large front porch, 2 bedrooms, one bathroom, one car garage, hot air heat on a 25' x 125' lot. Not a bad house but too small if you have more than one kid.
I used to work in the Sears in Poughkeepsie as well. In the garage. The stealing privileges were awesome! Everyone who worked in the garage had the best tires, shocks, batteries and what not on thier cars. Not just stealing, but the employee prices were really low and you could make deals on stuff. A friend went in one day and the sporting goods department had a 14 foot aluminum boat that they wanted gone as a display. He bought it for $100.00! Really, it was not a bad place to work. And the women that worked there! They had to have 36Cs or better to get a job, at least it seemed that way. The girl that worked at the candy counter had some set on her!

Charles Murphy

Jun 6, 2017, 9:09 am Reply

What is this "Democracy Dies in Darkness" shit?

Mike Stanis

Jun 6, 2017, 3:03 pm Reply

Surprised they didn't get shot filming this while in Elgin

NeverStopLearning

Jun 6, 2017, 7:58 pm Reply

there's one here in Henderson, NY that is still standing after all these years

daveheel

Jul 7, 2017, 10:28 am Reply

so they were like ikea homes? 🙂

Tmobile Sucks

Aug 8, 2017, 12:53 pm Reply

College level idiots,stuffed shirts,executive paper weights RUINED Sears.
Buying Chinese junk slapping Craftsman on it, w/o warranty. The mattresses are so bad they have return requirements?

Glasses are cheap ripoffs of QUALITY name brands.

Walmart,Costco, Jcpennies, all have NO HASSLE return.
Sears sells the same products for more and will not take returns.
Brainyacts dont see the problem!?

Princess Taboo

Oct 10, 2017, 11:14 pm Reply

Elgin, Illinois is near Landford, according to the 'Roseanne' show., LOL

Jeffrey Richardson

May 5, 2018, 5:43 pm Reply

Jody's wish book…

kg062007

Jun 6, 2018, 10:13 pm Reply

They house price in the magazine was $4,000 wtf

Kristan Corsiglia

Aug 8, 2018, 7:46 pm Reply

I love these houses!

cheese

Oct 10, 2018, 12:02 am Reply

My grandma’s house is a kit Home like this

hana wa11ak

Oct 10, 2018, 5:35 pm Reply

Thats amazingly crazy.

szorohov85

Oct 10, 2018, 8:15 am Reply

is this stable,? what about termites? protection from humidity and flood,?

Adolfo Vasquez

Oct 10, 2018, 5:00 pm Reply

Some beuatiful houses from Sears!!

Rodney Spears

Oct 10, 2018, 8:13 pm Reply

Its a good thing IKEA doesn't sell houses.

Chris Wright

Oct 10, 2018, 1:12 am Reply

We have a couple in my town that are still in use!!

Alan Strong

Oct 10, 2018, 10:33 pm Reply

You would like the one at 1114 Duncombe St in Sac City, IA.

Gant Massey

Nov 11, 2018, 11:32 pm Reply

For the last three years, I have owned a wonderful 1923-vintage Sears Craftsman house in Battle Mountain, Nevada. The kit was was shipped out by rail, pieced together, and is now one of the oldest houses in town. As with all near-100 year old homes, it has needed some TLC, but even after a century, it structurally sound, wonderfully proportioned, and cute as a button. Best of all, the two by fours are actually 2"x4"! I'm being transferred for my job so I'm going to have to sell (sob), but if I can find another Sears Craftsman of a similar vintage out East, I'd not hesitate to invest. What a terrific historical artifact.

Rudy Aviles

Nov 11, 2018, 2:51 am Reply

i enjoyed watching this

R Bear

Nov 11, 2018, 2:55 am Reply

My home is a 1922 Montgomery Ward 1 1/2 story craftsman style.

Kevin Pascua

Nov 11, 2018, 10:22 pm Reply

Red Dead Redemption 2 – John Marston's Home

Kinseydsp

Dec 12, 2018, 2:59 am Reply

Love Sears always will, When I think of America I think of Sears!

Chuck Jendrzejczyk

Jan 1, 2019, 1:43 pm Reply

My grandparents house is a Sears home. A ranch.

bluesharp59

Jan 1, 2019, 6:51 pm Reply

The fun days of great shopping life is over. Now it will only be memories. R.I.P. Sears I will miss you.

Susan Sawarin

Mar 3, 2019, 7:09 pm Reply

Eaton's sold houses in Canada, as well. I have seen 2 in Saskatchewan.

Donald Mack

Aug 8, 2019, 8:54 pm Reply

There is an old coal mining town in southwestern PA by the of Mather, PA. that has a lot of sears homes. These were built by the coal company around 1920 and rented to the miners. Later in the 40’s they were sold to the miners.

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