It never ceases to amaze me how many homes have chain link fences around the back garden proudly displaying the iconic “Sears Armadillo” plaque on the gate.
In fact, it’s hard to believe that Sears has filed bankruptcy all closed down all their stores. The products they sold were in so many homes, still are in so many homes.
Its a shame that the dishwashers, refrigerators, garage door openers that are in so many of the homes we inspect are no longer available from a Sears store. Inspecting homes you realize that Sears was a huge part of America coming into the 20th century, selling everything from Craftsman homes in kit form, to the furniture that filled those homes and the work clothing the carpenters wore building the homes.
It’s obvious as we look around homes today what happened to one of the biggest influences in American retail until Amazon came along. Amazon arrived with the electronic age of instant searches and easy purchasing on computers and cell phones, making paper catalogs a thing of the past with their coveted 800 numbers to place your order.
In just fifteen years we have seen homes become automated with everything from simple wireless connected light switches to stoves that are operated by a phone app, media rooms with sound systems that would do justice to a live concert, streaming music and movies to TV’s that take up most of a living rooms wall. With all that high tech becoming obsolete every few years you have to give credit to that Sears fence that still does its job years after been installed with no monthly fees or maintenance contracts.
Just remember to shut the gate!