Monday, March 28, 2016

Catalogue Shopping

Well I, Sweet William The Scot, read that some of you do Catalogue Shopping.
I think every dog in the States knows about Sears and Roebuck catalogues.
Why Lee remembers as a child the one that came at holiday time filled to the brim with dreams.
Well darn would you ever buy a house from a catalogue.  I mean a real house.
Yep in their catalogue they use to sell houses.  You would see their picture floor plan and description.
Pay your money and shipped by railroad boxcar and then usually trucked to a home site.
Sears Home kit had approximately 25 tons of materials, with over 30,000 parts.
Why Easy folks could do that!  Easy Peasy like a puzzle.

From 1908–1940, Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold about 70,000 - 75,000 homes through their mail-order program.   Sears designed 447 different housing styles from elegant big homes to cottages. You could get indoor plumbing or an outhouse.   A house to suit individual tastes and budgets.
Well here is the house from the design above.
Cincinnati has around four hundred Sears homes of all different styles.  More than most cities
Sears helped popularize the latest technology available to modern home buyers in the early part of the twentieth century.
We found two Crescent homes in Nati City.
These home garner more money because of their history.
This home was built in 1922.
This is an eight room house with a solarium.
Why this Crescent Home now serves as the home of the Madeira Historical Society Museum.
This sunken garden in the back was once a pond where the owners kept an alligator.
Sears sold everything!
And do you know what Lee says she got her training bra from Sears to train her puppies.
What the devil!

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine

Signing Off 
Sweet William The Scot

I mailed out a few Easter Boxes.  Hope my friends got them for Easter.


  1. Imagine my staff would order such a house... how many funny diy-disaster posts would we get before they throw the towel in? wow, they even sold gators? really? how cool! my dad ordered a monkey once via catalogue. his name was Fipsy and he did weird things with his you-know-what and upsetted all ole aunts of the furmily that way... the dad of my daddy said that was the best buy ever LOL

  2. How cool is that. I wouldn't mind haven't that house delivered to me
    Lily & Edward

  3. Catalog shopping? No thanks, I get enough catalogs in the mail.

  4. Hari OM
    Good grief... I guess that was the shopping a body did before the advent of "AMAZIN'"... Not sure one would get the quality oh home nowadays! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  5. Our mom and dad knew some folks in Zanesville who lived in a SEARS house... We hear it was pretty COOL DROOL.
    OH the FUN HOURS spend browsing the Sears Robuck or MONKEY WARD Catalogs...

  6. Wow! We didn't know that Sears used to sell houses! Why, I can't believe you found some right there in your Nati City, Sir William. That is very cool!
    Your friend, until the end...

  7. That was when Sears & Robuck's Name meant something. You knew you would be getting your money's worth with a Sears Home. Let's see Amazon try that one on.

    1. I have not forgotten what you sent me and I will post about it soon.

    2. You do not have to make a post. Just hope it works for you.
      Bentley & Mom.

  8. Wow, isn't that neat?? Imagine anyone trying to build a home like that now...and without using any web browsers to help:)
    Just like back then. We have a few of those Sears homes here too.
    Have a great week!

  9. that is so cool and even better that there are still of those house around

  10. A mail order house!
    That is a new concept to us.
    We are wondering what Sears' returns policy was like?
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie (and Gail).

  11. Every September a big order from Sears and Roebuck arrived with HER new school clothes. Very exciting. And SHE remembers those Christmas catelogues....
    Didn't know about the houses, though.

  12. My grandma said they use to keep the Sears and Roebuck catalog in the outhouse for reading and wiping. BOL

    Aroo to you,

    1. Yep and when you washed those tighty whities they had streaks of page ink in them Lee's Grandmother said. Not like oh so soft Northern Quilted tissue!

  13. Mom remembers looking forward to the catalog coming in the mail
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  14. We did not know ab out these homes. Thanks for the history lesson. Cool

  15. Aw you are so sweet to mail out packages to friends for Easter!! Such a thoughtful friend! xxxoo

  16. We always love coming to your blog to learn neat things and of course you found a Sears home in our Nati City area.

  17. Nessa sent me this message ~~~

    We are both glad you didn't get hurt in the mudslide.
    Mom said your new header drawing is beautiful.
    It is snowing here today, and the wind is blowing from the north. That means no walk for me today. I have been playing in the house, and got a chunk of banana. Yum!
    That is interesting about the Sears houses. McGill was a company town, and the mine built most of the houses.
    Take care of yourselves

    Nessa and

  18. Momma didn't know Sears sold houses - how interesting!

    Momma ackshually went to Sears today - her and Finley's momma wuz lookin at stuff for da kitchen remodel.

  19. WE love Sears houses! They are so wonderfully detailed. We love the one you pictured. mom got her first trainer from Sears, too!

  20. I am looking on Amazon as we speak ordering this house a Kitty Jungle for is so easy just type in the number....heheheheh Wienie

  21. Mommy does everything on this place called "The Amazons". That was fun stuff today!!

    Ziggy Out!!

  22. I loves that! I remember my Gma had one of those catalogs! I thinks Ma could put one of those togethers!!! Okays, it might look like somethings Picasso painted, butts it would be funs! Too bad they don't do that anymores! BOL
    Ruby ♥

  23. Our school clothes all came from Sears for years. The Christmas catalog was full of things we could only dream existed.

  24. oh how strange that Sears sold houses! The first house reminds me of the house in Miracle on 34th Street - one of my favorite holiday movies

  25. That is really cool. I think there are some of those houses here in Portland!


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