Sears Roebuck house in Searcy AR selling again. 607 West Arch circa 1920's.

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Searcy Roebuck catalogs had a lot of uses way back a long time ago.  To name a few:

1.  Put under the baby to make him sit higher in the chair.

2.  To cut out paperdolls and choose lots of new outfits for the dolls.

3.  To select the kids a pair of shoes to begin school.

4. To read or use in other ways in the outhouse.

5.  TO ORDER HOUSES!

Yes, houses could be ordered and they'd come in kits.  We still have a Sears Roebuck house in Searcy Arkansas.  It was built sometime in the 1920's and was ordered from the catalog for about $1200.  The location is 607 West Arch and it looks like this.

Sears Roebuck house

Compare this to the advertised home found in an old Sears Catalog.  This page was sent to me by an appraiser who is doing research because he is doing the appraisal to help determine value in today's market.  What do you wanna bet it is not gonna sell for $1164!

Sears Roebuck house

 

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Anita Fuller

I LOVE this house, just 4 blocks from my home growing up.  I wish I had $l.00 for every time I have passed by it, walking to town, to school....to my music lesson.   I have never been inside, though:  think I might pretend to be a buyer and get a look-see, Barbara?

I have a book I gave my granddtr. years ago:  "The House in the Mail" which is about a house ordered from Sears.  

Wasn't this the home of Dr. Sam Albright originally?  He was the doctor who diagnosed my husband's polio....and he made house calls.

Sep 17, 2011 02:20 AM #1
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Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

With a few alterations and updates, this could still be a great floorplan.  We have a "four square" on the market right now.  Can't remember where you could order those.

Sep 17, 2011 09:06 AM #2
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Anita, I think you should buy this house and move back to Searcy....to your old stomping grounds.  It was the Albright house and was written up in the Daily Citizen several years ago. 

Kay, what is a "four square" house?

Sep 17, 2011 11:19 AM #3
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Wantulok@sbcglobal.net

SOLD!  For under 2 grand...I will volunteer my guys labor to build me a house!  You bet...

The first time an older person told me about buying a "HOUSE KIT" from Sears...I thought they were a little messed up in the head!  Isn't that something?!  I just think it is so NEAT!  That is a really a nice one too!  Right here in Searcy!

Are we taking votes, Ms. Barbara?  I vote...YES, Ms. Anita should move back to Searcy...I think she should come back and have a tea where she invites all of the Searcy Bloggers and shares all of her old pictures, stories, and what else was that....OH Yes, We should have "tarts" for treats.  We should all bring SWEET-TARTS for a house warming present.  I will never look at another "tart" again without thinking of Ms. Anita and Ms. Barbar's Blog.  I just love it!

Sep 17, 2011 11:55 AM #4
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

I'm looking forward to Anita "Tart" Hart Fuller's tarts. Can you say that fast while rubbing your stomach in a CCW direction?


Sep 18, 2011 01:36 AM #5
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Debbie, let's put the pressure on Anita Tart Fuller to move back to her old town.  She is really not very cooperative because she could have bought her old house for a pittance just last year.  She professes to loving us in one breath but in another she says she would never move back!  Two votes already for moving her back!!!

Don, while we vote for who comes back, we may as well insist on your moving back too!!  Just think how you could contribute to fixing all of Searcy's problems...........

Sep 18, 2011 02:04 AM #6
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Anita Fuller

O.K.    I'll move back if Don and Paul will!  Is my old Arch St. house still for sale?  I don't care to live anywhere but on Arch St. so you may have to hold the Mail Order house for me.

Thanks, Debbie, but I think I'll stay put.  You and any of us Searcy Sleuths are more than welcome to come up to Greers Ferry and visit, and reminese, and see all my old photos and Searcy memorabilia.

 

Sep 18, 2011 03:07 AM #7
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Luke Jones
Garver - Little Rock, AR

I can't understand why even the cookie-cutter Sears houses of the 1920s are so much prettier than the cookie-cutter subdivision McMansions of today.

Sep 19, 2011 07:37 AM #8
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Luke Jones
Garver - Little Rock, AR

Oh, and wasn't this house for sale recently? I wonder what it was selling for

Sep 19, 2011 07:38 AM #9
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Harold Gene Sullivan

I had and aunt and uncle who lived in Plummerville AR in a Sears house.  It wasn't nearly as fancy as the one above, and only one story.  They bought it second hand, already built.  It sure looked like it was amateur built.  The thing I remember about it most was the floors were very uneven.  I had a little windup car and I loved to send it across the floors and try to make it end up where I wanted it to.  A real challenge as it would change direction several times on its way. 

Sep 19, 2011 10:47 AM #10
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Anita, see!  You're talking out of both sides.  In one breath you say you are coming back and then you renege and say you're staying up there at there at that Ferry place.

Luke, in another life you were definitely a historian!  It is for sale right now and under contract.  We won't know how much it sells for til after the close and it is recorded.

Harold Gene, I think the houses were probably imperfect.  Imagine having to put one up and probably not having the materials to make sure the foundation was level and strong.  That was a good game you had!

Sep 19, 2011 01:33 PM #11
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Dana McGary
Crye-Leike Champion Real Estate Group, Searcy, Arkansas - Searcy, AR
Realtor - White County, Arkansas

Very interesting!  I have heard stories about Sears homes in the past, but I never knew of one specifically.

Sep 22, 2011 06:44 AM #12
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Dana, go inside while it is listed.  It is rather interesting.

Sep 22, 2011 09:07 AM #13
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Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
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Barbara,

This is where the "Craftsman" style home and the later "Craftsman" brand come from. :)

Steve

Sep 25, 2011 11:30 AM #14
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I'll toss one of those on my Sears credit card in a heart beat ! In fact I'll buy two !!!*L*

Sep 27, 2011 02:34 AM #15
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Steve, I didn't know that.  I consider the Craftsman style the low one story ones with lots of porch.

Michael, give me your credit card and I'll see if I can sign you up for two.

Sep 29, 2011 03:21 AM #16
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