Back in the day, you could buy just about anything you ever needed at Sears. While they still boast an impressive inventory today, they offered much, much more back in the early 1900s. Every sort of home good imaginable, from furniture to fine clothing was available at Sears – and, until 1940, they even sold entire homes!
That’s right, between 1908 and 1940, Sears sold a whopping 75,000 DIY home kits in their famous mail order catalog. For just under $2,000, customers could select a style of home that best fit their family’s needs. Then, Sears would mail them everything they needed to build a fully functioning home! I have enough trouble putting together a dresser from IKEA – can you imagine building your entire house from a catalog kit? And if you’re thinking that catalog houses must have looked pretty boring and generic, you couldn’t be more wrong. Sears offered a wide variety of styles and models, many of which would still be cool to live in today.
Yesterday, a Reddit user by the name of RealHotSauceBoss shared pictures of his family’s Sears home from 1916. After 100 years, he decided to remodel it and bring this nostalgic living space into the 21st century. It has held up remarkably well for being a century old, and its classic look really benefitted from a new coat of paint. Check out the images below to learn more about the history of the Sears catalog, as well as what this family’s 1916 home looks like today!
A family from North Dakota ordered their home from a Sears catalog in 1916. Once all the materials were delivered, the entire clan got to work building.
Today, people know Sears as a department store attached to most malls, but over 100 years ago, Sears Roebuck & Co. was selling families just about anything you could think of. All of this was thanks to their trusty catalog, which was a staple in every American home. Here’s what one of their 1897 catalogs would have looked like:
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Or, perhaps a firearm?
I’m pretty sure the Sears employees today would look at you a little funny if you asked where the livestock section was …
Automobiles were available by mail and cost as much as a new video game console today.
I’d be willing to bet Dr. Rose lost his medical license pretty quickly.
While all of these items are pretty surprising to their modern reader, the most surprising, perhaps, is the fact that they used to sell entire homes!
They included everything you needed to build a home, minus the elbow grease.
These homes were the perfect fit for young American families trying to get on their feet. They were competitively priced, only costing around $1,200, which in today’s money would only be about $27,000!
Sears didn’t create any new or revolutionary designs. All of their homes were inspired by looks that already existed so that they would fit in with the other homes in the neighborhood.
Remember that house we showed you at the beginning? Here’s what it looks like today!
One hundred years later, it still looks like a great fit for any family. Thank you, RealHotSauceBoss, for fixing up this old beauty and sharing a little piece of nostalgia with us.
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