This Old Find: Sears Edition | Ty Pennington
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Ty’s Take | This Old Find… Sears Edition

Ok so I’m really into anything that’s vintage and recycled. There’s something totally unique and incredible when you find a product, a painting, a piece of furniture or décor, etc. that has a history to it: a cool story or bit of information that has since passed, but not forgotten.

Now I’ve been working with the people over at Sears for a while now and I know they have a pretty amazing collection of products in just about every department you can think of, but I was totally shocked to find out that they used to make DIY Swedish Massagers! You don’t even need to take a class …

This Old Find: Sears Edition | Ty Pennington

I‘m curious just how relaxing this thing actually was. I’ve been needing a massage lately…

So I did a little more digging…

From the early 1900s until around 1960 Sears sold a few different bicycles under the J.C. Higgins brand name. They also sold gold clubs, rifles, motor buggies, and shotguns… pretty eclectic catalog don’t you think?

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And if you search the web, you can probably still find Flightliners used and refurbished. But remember, antiques cost a pretty penny!

Sears even used to be in the auto industry manufacturing motor buggies under the Sear & Roebuck name! They came out with a few different models into 1913 and boasted top quality comfort and power… especially for the ladies.

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*she looks so comfortable… ha! This Old Find: Sears Edition | Ty Pennington

From the early 1900s until around 1940 or so, Sears even had their hands on real estate. But this wasn’t your average home buying venture….

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Sears, Roebuck and Co. actually had a mail-order Modern Homes program, where you can select a design (over 400 different styles!) to be shipped to your house with an instruction booklet on how to build it.

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Rather than being innovative architects, these homes let the customer have some creative control and modify their homes to their style and specific needs. I wonder if anybody finished one of these in 7 days? Extreme finds!

And last but not least there’s this bad boy….

This Old Find: Sears Edition | Ty Pennington

I’ll let you be the judge of this Heidelberg Electric Belt.

Thoughts?! Share them in the comments.

 

Photo Source: Sears Motor BuggySears Homes, flickr/paulmalon

Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington is best known as the Emmy-award winning host of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" and as the co-host of ABC Daytime's "The Revolution." He has been recognized as a home design expert, carpenter and leader in the field of volunteerism. TyPennington.com is a space to share his inspiration, design tips, daily musings and more. Ty can currently be seen on TLC's Trading Spaces.

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