Thursday, June 8, 2017

Goliaths do fall

    Little known facts:

   Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance. 
Women blink nearly twice as much as men. 

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks;
otherwise it will digest itself. 
Babies are born without a kneecap of bone. It is formed later.

Some News hurts:
Sears is closing an additional 66 stores on top of the 180 closures already announced this year. My first thought, this is the first national store I can remember.  Two things stick out in my mind, jumping from 1944 to my mind and senses today in 2017.
First: The only chicken name I remember. It was a special day when mama’s Rhode Island Reds arrived at our home near High Shoals. The mailman delivered them in amazing paste-board boxes. I can see the holes in those boxes as I type. I watched mama carefully put them in a ‘brooder’. A little contraption in the chicken house, warmed by a lightbulb. The little chicks huddled near that bulb. The chicks came to us via a catalog order to SEARS & ROEBUCK.
(I remember later wanting to write a story called, ‘My Mama Was a Light Bulb’.)
Second: I can remember the first time I went to a Sears & Roebuck store. We passed by an amazing candy counter. Most kids would have been mesmerized by the chocolate and colorful candy, not me.  I was captivated by the smell of roasting cashews. I think dad got Shirl some candy but I know he bought me some cashews.  I always loved nuts, but these were heavenly to a 5 year old.

Since 1887 the name Sears has been a household word.  How could they fold?  We who have been around a long time watched: K-Mart , Eckerd’s, Revco, McClellan’s, McCrory, Kress, Grants and thousands of others come and go. BUT Sears was a TOWER.
Then came Sam Walton.  Mr. Sears did not read the writing on the wall, were complacent thinking, “WE are the king of the hill, we have outlived other upstarts.”

Walmart climbed to the top. Throw the Sears Catalog away, we will bring your treasures to the neighborhood. No need to wait on the mail man, WALMART is in your neighborhood.
And YES, I have used ‘last years’ Sears Catalog in the outhouse like millions of other folk.
Mr. Walmart is scratching his corporate head. “WHAT? WHO?  AMAZON? This cannot happen, Walmart cannot be beat by a ‘mail order’ business.  That is so YESTERDAY!” (But this is not just mail, but e-mail)
Today’s headlines, “WALMART STRIVING TO MATCH AMAZON” but losing the battle.  WOW! Nite Shipslog


Mevely317 said...

I always wondered if the Sears catalog was really used in outhouses (or not).
But I recall poring over its pages many nights in my bedroom! That's pretty wild about the chicks being delivered. Then again, I used to save my allowance hoping to purchase a German Shepherd puppy from their catalog. In retrospect, that sounds so inhumane!

Amazon is amazing. I love em! One of their regional warehouses sits but a couple miles from our house and I'm awed by its sheer footprint ... looking like several city blocks wide and more so, long!


time changes everything. even the way we shop. sad to see sears go.

Chatty Crone said...

I have to admit I do love Amazon. I hate that Sears is losing stores. Our mall around here - seems less and less too. I think life is changing all the time with technology - good and bad. sandie

betty said...

Ma mentioned a Sears store is closing in her area. I remember the catalogs were free for the longest of time and abundant throughout the store. So fun to pour over them and wish and dream. An end of an era with so many stores closing. Retail is going more online these days; that's why Amazon is doing so well. There's an Amazon distribution center here in the Phoenix area. They have job opening sat times. If I was younger, I think it could be an interesting place to work!


Paula said...

I have lots of memories of Sears starting with the mail orders when we lived in the country. When we received a new catalog the old went into the outhouse. When Mel and I married we went to Sears on Thursday nights. (The only night it was open). We needed things to start our household but couldn't buy everything at once. An iron, ironing board. Later pants stretchers and of course my record player and records with my first pay check with my first real job before I was married. Then in the 60's I got a job at Sears as a PBX operator. I loved that job. I will have to find out if the one on the south side of San Antonio is closing. Haven't been there in years. Don't need much and then we have Walmart right here handy. Like this post Jack.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Makes one wonder if stores of any kind will be around for very many more years. We'll probably wind up with warehouses all over that ship out all the online orders. Such a changing world it is. Makes me glad I am as old as I am. I don't think I'm ready for a totally computerized world. The future generations won't know what they missed being able to shop in a place where clerks were there to help them find what they want. I will miss the personal touch.

Dar said...

Sears? It's a milestone. I also remember the free catalogs coming in the mail. From it's pages, my dad bought his first snowmobile, Ol' Blue, he called it. He also was proud of his coat...he called it his searsucker coat cuz he'd proudly say " I bought this sucker at Sears." And mama, of course, had the post office call her when her chicks were in and they'd drive many miles to pick them up and put them in the brooder just like your mama did. Not everything changes because the neighbors did that very thing this spring. We hear the roosters crowing all the time from their mail-order delivery. My daughter would pick out a dress or outfit she loved and she'd say, " I know you could make this for me a lot cheaper. " Good ol' Sears. Sad to see so many stores go. I wonder if the Craftsman tools will also disappear. Bill loves them and I mow with a Craftsman Rider Mower.
Love n' hugs from up north where we're heading west to our oldest grandsons HS graduation party...time flies

Rick Watson said...

In rural Alabama, Sears was our link to the Wishbook promise land every Christmas. It's also where we got most of our school clothes.