It’s not my fault.

I understand I haven’t shopped there in years but can I be blamed for Sears shutting down their store I went to in childhood. You didn’t shop there too and there are more of you. IT’S YOUR FAULT.

Here is the list of the havoc you have caused.
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/31/sears-plans-to-close-72-more-stores-closing-sales-to-start-in-near-future.html

Where am I going to buy my leisure suits now? 😉

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15 thoughts on “It’s not my fault.”

  1. 10 Cents:
    When is the last time you shopped at Sears?

    It was probably around 1978.  I ordered a pressure cooker from the catalogue and picked it up at the local store.

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  2. John Walker:

    10 Cents:
    When is the last time you shopped at Sears?

    It was probably around 1978.  I ordered a pressure cooker from the catalogue and picked it up at the local store.

    I think I bought some tools in the eighties .

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  3. 10 Cents:
    I think I bought some tools in the eighties .

    I’ve related this story on an xAMU.

    In the 1960s, I was using my father’s Sears Craftsman socket wrench set to disassemble a Briggs & Stratton engine.  Leaning very hard into one of the head bolts, the socket fractured.  Looking at it, it was clear there was a defect, dating from its manufacture, which had allowed corrosion to enter and weaken it.

    “Lifetime guarantee”.

    I went into the local Sears with the failed socket.  After being bounced from department to department, I ended up with a hardware guy a lot older than I who looked at it and said, “Yes, it’s defective.  When did you buy it?”  I said, “I didn’t buy it; my father did, around 1936.”  He went off into the store and found a replacement and after I signed a simple form, I walked out with it.  Lifetime guarantee—he didn’t even ask if my father was alive (he was).

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  4. Yeah, it was probably tools. Then I saw that they had sold off their propriety brand of tools. I also used their auto centers a billion years ago. Tires. It was certainly one of my first credit cards back before MasterCard/Visa displaced retail cards.

    Actually I may have gone appliance shopping there within the last decade? Can’t remember specifically so (as these things go in my dotage) it may have been more than a decade.

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  5. The Sears from my childhood is one that closed in the first round. I can still picture the swingsets on display, right next to where they sold the caramel corn. I can still smell it. And yes, my screwdrivers are Craftsman from Sears.

    I was in a Sears a few months ago looking for dress pants for my 15 year old son. There is a Lands End in the store, but I bought him two pair from the actual Sears portion.  When we’re talking about dress pants that will be worn once, I’m not spending a lot of money.  No one who shops there speaks English.

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  6. 10 Cents:
    When is the last time you shopped at Sears?

    I bought a water heater from them about 14 years ago.  Before that, I don’t remember.

    When I was but a wee lad on the farm, all our Christmas shopping was done via the Sears & Roebuck catalog.  We’d drive the hour or so to the city to buy the stuff, but perusing the toy section of the catalog was how my brother and I made our wish list.

    My dad had a Sears (J. C. Higgins) 30-30 lever action rifle.

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  7. 9thDistrictNeighbor:
    The Sears from my childhood is one that closed in the first round. I can still picture the swingsets on display, right next to where they sold the caramel corn. I can still smell it. And yes, my screwdrivers are Craftsman from Sears.

    I was in a Sears a few months ago looking for dress pants for my 15 year old son. There is a Lands End in the store, but I bought him two pair from the actual Sears portion.  When we’re talking about dress pants that will be worn once, I’m not spending a lot of money.  No one who shops there speaks English.

    Write more about the caramel corn. Did you ever buy some? How much was it?

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  8. Must have been in the mid 80s. Janet was in a furniture-building phase. She wanted a router (wood, not computer) so I got one for her for her birthday along with a set of router bits. Ordered it through a Sears catalog. When I picked it up, the lady behind the counter asked if I was going to use it in my wood shop. “It’s a birthday present for my wife,” I replied. Boy, did I get a stink-eye from the woman. (I think I enjoyed that more than Jan enjoyed the router, and she really liked it.)

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  9. Seawriter:
    Must have been in the mid 80s. Janet was in a furniture-building phase. She wanted a router (wood, not computer) so I got one for her for her birthday along with a set of router bits. Ordered it through a Sears catalog. When I picked it up, the lady behind the counter asked if I was going to use it in my wood shop. “It’s a birthday present for my wife,” I replied. Boy, did I get a stink-eye from the woman. (I think I enjoyed that more than Jan enjoyed the router, and she really liked it.)

    Did she make things with it? Or was it for marriage adjustments?

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  10. 10 Cents:
    Did she make things with it? Or was it for marriage adjustments?

    Made several pieces of furniture, including a big set of shelves for the kitchen, complete with routed grooves for the shelves.

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  11. Seawriter:
    Must have been in the mid 80s. Janet was in a furniture-building phase. She wanted a router (wood, not computer) so I got one for her for her birthday along with a set of router bits. Ordered it through a Sears catalog. When I picked it up, the lady behind the counter asked if I was going to use it in my wood shop. “It’s a birthday present for my wife,” I replied. Boy, did I get a stink-eye from the woman. (I think I enjoyed that more than Jan enjoyed the router, and she really liked it.)

    This reminds me of the time that my wife asked me to go by the bank and pick up $50 in one dollar bills she needed for a project she was working on.  I couldn’t figure out why the teller at the bank gave me such stink-eye.  Later, I realized that she probably thought I was getting the singles to use at a topless bar.

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  12. Terry Mott:

    Seawriter:
    Must have been in the mid 80s. Janet was in a furniture-building phase. She wanted a router (wood, not computer) so I got one for her for her birthday along with a set of router bits. Ordered it through a Sears catalog. When I picked it up, the lady behind the counter asked if I was going to use it in my wood shop. “It’s a birthday present for my wife,” I replied. Boy, did I get a stink-eye from the woman. (I think I enjoyed that more than Jan enjoyed the router, and she really liked it.)

    This reminds me of the time that my wife asked me to go by the bank and pick up $50 in one dollar bills she needed for a project she was working on.  I couldn’t figure out why the teller at the bank gave me such stink-eye.  Later, I realized that she probably thought I was getting the singles to use at a topless bar.

    This reminds me of the poor guy who had a packet of this product in his wallet. “It’s for cleaning glasses, honey. What do you think it was for?”

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