I think it happens to most of us. You move into a neighborhood and it seems the neighbors know more about your home than you do!
Along with my new purchase, came new neighbors. Some came by with baked goods, some just waved hello, and some with a story.
The "old" man down the street... my new neighbor, a large man, with an intimidating stature, a gruff voice and a huge smile, said to me with a twinkle in his eye,
"You know, that home you bought came straight out of the Sears catalog!"
What? My beautiful little house, a mail order home? Really??
Apparently, as a child, he had seen it delivered!
Between 1908 and 1940 Sears sold more than 70,000 Sears and Roebuck Homes right through their catalogs! They were shipped by rail in kits to be assembled by the purchaser, his friends or a professional. Not only did they advertise that "a man of average abilities could assemble a Sears kit home in about 90 days", but, they were quality homes that one could customize.
What Could You Buy?
A Bungalow, an American Foursquare, a light Queen Anne or even a Farmhouse!
Imagine purchasing a home for as little as $700!
Have a Sears Home?
Over the years, I forgave that "new neighbor" and found that the homes I truly fall in love with are these Sears Homes. Doesn't matter the style, for the most part, they seemed to be built rock solid, filled with warmth and character! I just love them! Apparently so do others! There is a following!
But, they don't make them anymore so,, the only way to get one is to buy a resale!
How To Recognize A Sears Home
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