Sears department stores have just about everything. You’ve probably purchased at least one item from them, probably something for your home. Recently, reddit user RealHotSauceBoss fixed up his family’s century-old house in North Dakota, one of the 75,000 DIY homes that Sears sold between 1908 and 1940. See what it looks like now…
1. In 1916, a family in North Dakota ordered a house from Sears.
In 1916, a family in North Dakota ordered a house from Sears. The materials arrived at their 120-acre property in horse-drawn wagons, and the family started building.
Today, the house still stands — and the family pictured above continues to grow.
But recently, their descendant, Reddit user RealHotSauceBoss, fixed up the lovely old house for generations to come…
2. It required considerable renovations.
Weatherproofing and a new roof plus an extension was added, which replaced the old outhouse. Despite its modern upgrades, the old Sears house still retains its historical charm.
However, few people today know about these fascinating Sears home kits much less the many other products they provided to American families.
3. Back in the day,
Back in the day, the Sears catalogue had literally everything you could possibly need, and they shipped across the U.S. It was kind of like an early version of Amazon, which today, incidentally, sells a book version of one of Sears’ 1897 catalogues.
4. You could buy clothes and ….
Apart from wide range of beautiful clothes you could also buy firearms from the shop. Yes, that’s right you easily buy firearms.
Apart from wide range of beautiful clothes you could also buy firearms from the shop. Yes, that’s right you easily buy firearms. Also you could buy livestock like chicken,etc. You could lso buy the latest automobile available in their shop.
6. From 1908 to 1940, Sears also sold home kits, and plenty of questionable health and beauty products.
From 1908 to 1940, Sears also sold home kits, and plenty of questionable health and beauty products. These DIY houses came as kits that would then be assembled by the customer, following the included instructions.
7. The houses came in a variety of sizes and models.
The houses came in a variety of sizes and models, and customers bought them depending on their budget, family size, and needs. They could even draw up their own blueprints and have Sears make a custom kit for them.
8. Sears didn’t try to create new styles.
Sears didn’t try to create new styles, though. They drew inspiration from existing designs so that their houses would blend in with neighborhoods, like this little Cape Cod–style model.
9. Not bad for a house so old!
And as you can see, the prices looked very different than they would today! RealHotSauceBoss’ family bought their house for $1,200. Of course, adjusted for inflation, that would be about $27,000 today. Still not bad for a house!
10. Take a look at the final product of this renovation!
It might have needed some repairs, but considering all it’s seen in the past 100 years, it’s held up beautifully!