I remember leaving to go to college. Amid all the angst my father gave me a Sears credit card. He made it clear that it was for emergencies only. Maybe in this day and age a Sears card might not be the best choice. But back then Sears was the be all and end all. They had nearly anything and everything you could ever need or want. I think that in 4 years I used the card once. We had to wear one-piece green coveralls during our large animal rotation. I had been drenching sheep and dripped some of the stuff on my coveralls. It ate a huge hole in the leg that continued to enlarge after every washing. I bought another pair. Of course the original pair was from Sears so it was an easy purchase. Once I graduated from college the only credit card I had was, you guessed it, a Sears card! My father had put me on his card for 4 years and I ended up with great credit. That card got me curtains, new tires, and some uniforms. It was wonderful. I think I bought most of my Christmas gifts that first holiday after graduation on sale at Sears. When I got married, it was Sears that provided some of the appliances, drapes and rugs. My oldest son’s first professional photos were done at Sears. In my current home Sears is responsible for the refrigerator, vacuum cleaner, washer and dryer, and the chest freezer. Our cars have Sears tires and Die Hard batteries (well all except the Prius).
Sears has been the one store that I can count on for my shoes. They carry the I Love Comfort brand that has allowed me to wear heels! They have my favorite summer shoes – Everlast. These shoes are so light weight and durable that I can wear them for urban caching and not worry about ruining them. I’ve found awesome deals on coats and purses and all sorts of men’s slacks and kids clothes over the years.
And now Sears is a ghost store. I stopped in to see if they had any shoes on sale. Well, everything was on sale. It looked like a liquidation sale. They had no selection. Nothing in my size. All that remained were mismatched sandals (leftover from last summer) and some awful hooker shoes adorned with glitter and bling with heels so high they were a danger. I wandered over to the clothing sections. The racks were widely spaced in a futile attempt to look fuller. It was pathetic. I suppose the rumors of the demise of Sears are true. I had asked back before Christmas when I visited and the sales clerk assured me that the store was going to remain open. She said something on the order that the building was being sold but that the store had arranged to lease it back and there were no plans to close. I suppose plans change. Although there are no announcements in the news paper (we are still reeling from the closure of Payless Shoes) it looks like Sears will be the next in a series of closures.
It is the end of an era….