Some years ago I worked in an acute hospital..and came across an very old Sears Catalog.
The very "wish book" that used to come to our home every year when I was a child. Something we waited for, watched for.
But this catalog was something I wish I had saved...Oh, how I wish I had saved it,
because..it had homes in it.
Price's began as low as $400. This one was $1294 to 1906 complete!
This one sold for $2978...
Ok...so prices were probably a lot for the times.. but certainly nothing compared to what eventually happened."Entire homes would arrive by railroad, from pre cut lumber to carved staircases, down to the nails and varnish. Families picked out their houses according to their needs and tastes and pocketbooks.
Sears provided all the materials and instructions, and for many years the financing, for homeowners to build their own houses. Sears homes stand today as living monuments to the fine, enduring, and solid quality of Sears craftmanship."
Now..would you believe that when I moved to our town..there were A few Sears houses along our main street. 1972. One day as I was driving by, I was shocked to see them bulldozing them to make way for a strip mall..AND a Bank of America! Arrrggg...
I pulled over and watched..I could see the beautiful old rose covered walls..winding staircases..and I felt like crying. They were still beautiful..but in the way of progress. Tree's were cleared and the yards dug up. ..and soon stores were built..stop lights put in. A huge shopping mall and today..it's different. So different. The small town look is almost gone completely.
In 1962 my husband bought this little home (not that tiny any more) for $11,000. Can you imagine?
We were still a little sane back then. He can't even remember when he paid it off it's been so long ago.. Smart man, my husband. I've tried to contribute by having my son-in-law put in curbing, patio, walkway..and there's more to come.
Soon there will be a stone walkway right there between the Crape Myrtle and the flower bed and it will run from the edge of the driveway the full length of the home and around the corner to the back gate...
The front porch has become such a cozy place to gather. This yesterday morning three of us gathered and visited to WAY too long ..but it was fun! So nice.. such a beautiful morning.
Behind that gate is stacked the stones for the walkway... Oh..can you say "HI!" to the gardener?? heh heh..:) Yep..that's Patient Husband in his gardening hat.
It's our home sweet home. Almost a cottage. It's a cottage wannabe.
Bye now... and hugs,