These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…

Since August 2010, I’ve written almost 700 blogs. That’s a lot of blogs. Each blog has three or more photos. That’s thousands of photos.

Some of these blogs took several hours to compose, and then get bumped off the page within a week of their creation.

So I’m posting a few of my favorite blogs below. If you’ve enjoyed this site, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

The Sears Corona has always been one of my favorite houses (1921).

The Sears Corona has always been one of my favorite houses (1921).


Sears Corona in Gillespie, Illinois.

A perfect Sears Corona in Gillespie, Illinois.


Last year, I wrote a blog about the San Jose. I’ve never seen one, but this was Rebecca’s find. Awesome house. Click here.

This blog was devoted to Alhambras, and had pictures of my favorite Alhambras of all time.

The Magnolia is my favorite house, and this blog has photos of all six Magnolias that are in existence today.

In this blog (also picture heavy) I provided lots of info on how to identify a Magnolia.

And this features a story from a 92-year-old man that built a Magnolia in the 1920s.

This blog was created from photos sent in by Pat, an Ohio resident. LOTS of Sears Homes in Ohio!

West Virginia is one of my favorite places in all the world, and Lewisburg is loaded with Sears Homes. Click here to see many fun photos.

And if you have about 10 hours to spare, click here to read the story of my Aunt Addie’s apparent murder. Let me warn you, her story is addictive! You can’t read just one link!!

Click here to read about her exhumation, and let me tell, that’s quite a story too!

Really awesome photos of Carlinville, IL (which has 150 Sears Homes) can be seen here.

This is one of the MOST popular blogs at this site. It’s picture-heavy tour of my old house in Colonial Place. We sold it a couple years ago, and yet this blog is a perennial favorite.

Another perennial favorite is the story of how we redid our bathroom in the old house. Came out beautiful, but what a project!

Here’s a detailed blog on one of Sears most popular homes: The Vallonia.

This was another fascinating historical research project: Penniman – Virginia’s Ghost Town. Wow, what a story that turned out to be!

Those are just a few of my favorites.  If you want to read more, look to the right of the page and you’ll see this (shown below). Click on any one of those months to navigate through the older blogs.


Click on this column (to the right) and you'll find the rest of those 680 blogs!


Thanks for reading the blog, and please leave a comment below!

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1 Comment

  1. Joanne J

    I worked as a Real Estate agent for a couple of years when I was in my 20s. The RE office was located in Massapequa, Long Island, NY … walking distance from the railroad.

    Jane a fellow agent was a sort of historian of the area having worked as a writer for the local paper and the mayor and other things that added a lot of knowledge that many others did not have.

    Each week we would get a list of the new houses for sale and try to get to as many open houses as possible to see what was out there. It seemed as if Jane always knew more about the interesting ones than the agents themselves.

    Which ones had been part of the silent FOX movie studios on location homes for directors and actors and crew while making pictures on Long Island. All sorts of interesting info. You could never see all the houses but if you followed her you’d see the most interesting ones.

    And one of the intering homes that would come up every now and then were SEARS kit houses. Wow those Sears homes were impressive and well made always standing the test of time.

    I had never heard of such a thing as a SEARS kit house it was so interesting whenever I arrived to view a SEARS kit home when Jane was there at the same time and she could tell me all she knew about it. She should have specialized in those listings because she was better than any historical tour guide at any museum could have been.

    Here is a link to an article about kit homes it goes into pre-SEARS kit homes also SEARS starts in the fifth paragraph (the article begins below the Construction Company Listings).

    Many of the houses here on Long Island were built close to the railroad and all the supplies made the main trip to the homeowner by RAILWAY.

    Thanks for putting up this site and helping keep the memory of SEARS ROEBUCK kit homes alive!

    sincerely … Joanne J