Sears department stores have just about everything. You’ve probably purchased at least one item from them, probably something for your home.
No, they didn’t handle real estate. They actually sold kits so that people could build their very own houses.
They came in several models, from simple bungalows to more elaborate, multi-story homes. Buyers put their houses together according to a plan, but could also customize certain aspects to fit their tastes. It’s a little like an IKEA item, but it’s the whole house!
Building your own house is of course possible, and plenty of people have done it, even those without a lot of training, like the young single mom who built a tiny getaway for herself and her three children.
But Sears made it even easier with a selection of models large and small, pre-drawn blueprints, and materials cut to size. And yes, they lasted.
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. And it still looks amazing!
Check it out below, and see some of the other incredible houses Sears shipped to their customers. You may even have some in your neighborhood!