END OF AN AMERICAN RETAIL ERA
Sears has slowly succumbed to the malaise many retail stores are facing. Generations have relied on the iconic retailer for clothing, Craftsman tools, Kenmore appliances, and home goods. In August, the company announced it will close another 13 Kmart stores and 33 Sears stores in November, and today it is on the edge of bankruptcy. But there are things to grab at Sears right now before the retailer becomes the stuff of "remember when" stories. Here are some of the best products still available at Sears that offer an excellent reputation for quality, price, and workmanship. Check out these tips for scoring the best deals at going-out-of-business sales, too. (Note: Prices and availability are subject to change.)
BLACK & DECKER TRIMMER AND EDGER
Price: $86 | Buy It
If you need to get your yard under control, you can do it without feeling tied down with electric cords. This cordless model offers a 12-inch cutting swath, an extended life battery, and two speed options, and it weighs just 6.3 pounds. (Note: Another Black and Decker model made Cheapism's list of top weed eaters.)
CRAFTSMAN PRESSURE WASHER
Price: $200 | Buy It
This easy-to-use Craftsman electric pressure washer puts out 2,050 PSI of power for cleaning cars, house siding, driveways, boats, and more. It also has a removable detergent tank and comes with a 25-foot high-pressure hose, and it's electrical cord is 35 feet long, making for wide-ranging maneuverability.
Price: $50 | Buy It
You can have it made in the shade for a very reasonable price with this instant canopy. Easy to set up, the 10-by-10-foot canopy can be used in the backyard, at the beach, or picnic areas. It comes with a wheeled bag for easy portability and storage.
KENMORE FRENCH-DOOR REFRIGERATOR
Price: $1,723 | Buy It
Keep your most-used foods and snacks handy with this refrigerator's innovative Grab-N-Go door. The refrigerator has 23.9 cubic feet of space, and its drawer freezer lets you store large items that won't fit in some side-by-side freezers. It also has a special "slim" ice maker that doesn't take up a lot of storage space inside the refrigerator.
CRAFTSMAN 21-INCH LAWN MOWER
Price: $380 | Buy It
This mower starts at the push of a button and features front-wheel drive and a reliable Briggs & Stratton engine. Its high rear wheels make it easy to maneuver, and it also has a deck-wash system that makes it easy to clean the undercarriage.
CRAFTSMAN AIR COMPRESSOR
Price: $125 | Buy It
This compressor can push up to 135 PSI of pressure, which is plenty for spray painting, powering nail guns, keeping tires inflated, and other household chores. It has a 3-gallon tank and a quiet 1-horsepower electric motor. It comes with a 25-foot coil hose and other accessories.
CRAFTSMAN RIDING LAWN MOWER
Price: $1,979 | Buy It
For folks with large yards, this Craftsman Pro Series riding mower offers 24 horsepower of grass-slaying muscle with a 46-inch cutting area. Its 5-inch turning radius means exceptional maneuverability, and the Craftsman Smart Lawn App lets you get service updates and troubleshoot using your smartphone.
MEN'S LEVI JEANS
Price: $19 | Buy It
The popular Levi 505 men's denim jeans feature extra room in the thigh area and a traditional zipper fly. They are straight-legged with five pockets, and while they're currently only available in the "Hunters Moon" color, the price has dropped dramatically from the original $60.
BASIC POWER DRILL
KENMORE GAS RANGE
Price: $435 | Buy It
For under $500, you can get a sleek gas range. The Kenmore 74423 has electronic oven controls, a 12,000 BTU power-burner feature, and 5,000 BTU simmer burners. Add to that a 10,000 BTU center oval burner for larger pans, griddles, and odd-sized cookware.
KENMORE FRONT LOADING WASHER AND DRYER SET
Price: $1,450 | Buy It
Listed at 38 percent off the normal cost, this duo has high review marks and the capacity for big laundry loads. The pair cost what one item would in other brands. The washer features Smart Motion Technology that combines unique wash motions like tumble, rolling, and saturation.
DIEHARD GOLD CAR BATTERY
Price: $132.74 | Buy It
This DieHard Gold car battery delivers long-lasting, reliable power with 730 cold cranking amps. It features sturdy construction, easy-carry handles, and top-mounted posts.
CAR TOP CARRIER
Price: $300 | Buy It
This gold-standard Thule gear hauler can handle 150 pounds with 16 cubic feet of storage on the roof of the car. The aerodynamic design minimizes excess noise and fuel usage. This hard-shell carrier is lockable and designed for most SUVs and vans.
KENMORE UPRIGHT VACUUM
Price: $240 | Buy It
The Kenmore Elite 31230 Pet Friendly CrossOver Ultra has an LED dirt sensor, bagless two-motor system with cyclonic action for strong suction, a quick-draw telescoping wand and a variety of other tools, a swivel steering system, and a 35-foot cord. Other features include a bare-floor brush and pet brush.
ANIMAL CHARACTER PLUSH CHILDREN'S CHAIR
Price: $79 | Buy It
The Trend Lab Plush Character Chair is available in an owl, elephant, walrus, fox, lamb, and moose version. It's a perfect cozy companion for a child to read, relax and snuggle in. The chair is made with soft velboa "fur." The chair measures 18 x 18 x 20 inches and is intended for children 12 months and older.
ALL-IN-ONE CAR SEAT
Price: $248 | Buy It
This top-rated Graco car seat offers 10 years of utility by transitioning from a rear-facing infant car seat to a booster seat for older children (40–120 pounds). It boasts six reclining positions and a 10-position headrest.
LOUNGE ROBE FOR WOMEN
Price: $39 | Buy It
A basic yet luxurious item that is both plush to the touch and useful, this robe has ample room and comes in three colors, with the right length and easy-care fabric for washing that makes it a great find for gift giving, too. It's not too heavy and has classic detailing.
MEN'S COTTON CREW SOCKS
Price: $14 | Buy Them
Great deals can be had on Everlast men's crew socks featuring reinforced heels and toes, a half-cushioned insole, and odor control. The fabric is the right blend for comfort: 76 percent cotton, 23 percent polyester, and 1 percent spandex.
MEN'S V-NECK BASIC T-SHIRTS
Price: $15 | Buy Them
A highly rated wardrobe staple, Sears brand Simply Styled classic V-neck 100 percent cotton tees are comfortable and are made with reinforced seams, and contoured armholes that make them perfect for wearing under a dress shirt or by themselves.
BOYS' SCHOOL UNIFORMS SHIRT
Price: $15 | Buy It
Marked down 31 percent, Dockers boys' polo shirts are school-uniform compliant and come in five colors. The quick-dry short-sleeve knit shirt has a traditional fold-over collar and rib-knit cuffs, and is machine washable.
GIRL'S SCHOOL UNIFORM SKIRT
Price: $17 | Buy It
Snag big savings on a Dockers skirt that features attached shorts and a classic A-line cut providing a flattering fit. The skirt has a wide waistband with decorative button tabs, inverted pleats, and is made from a woven 100 percent polyester fabric for easy machine washings.
Price: $848 | Buy It
Well under $1,000, the 65-inch flat screen Samsung UN65NU7100FXZA has a SmartThings App for your smart phone to control and monitor your new TV and connected devices. Its enhanced technology promises more vibrant colors and improved viewing from all angles.
Price: $470 (queen) | Buy It
At less than half its regular price, the Serta Perfect Sleeper Harlington Plush Queen Eurotop Mattress boasts a hybrid design that pairs cooling memory foam with the support of innerspring coils. Buyers praise the mattress for its comfort and value.
Price: $650 | Buy It
Sears is offering free delivery and nearly half off retail on the NordicTrack SE5i Elliptical. The machine has 20 on-board workout apps, 18 resistance levels, and is iFit-compatible with Google Maps. It features soft-touch upper body grips and cushioned pedals, too.
GOOSE-DOWN ALTERNATIVE COMFORTER
Price: $30-$40 | Buy It
Big savings can be found right now at Sears for goose-down alternative comforters that fill duvets or can be used without a cover. This Heart & Home Super comforter is an easy-to-wash 100 percent hypoallergenic comforter with a microfiber-fabric shell covering that is perfect for people who cannot handle feathers.
EGYPTIAN-COTTON BATH TOWELS
Price: $13-$21 | Buy Them
Time to stock up and save at Sears with Cannon Egyptian-cotton bath towels. These towels are 100 percent cotton. Thick and absorbent, they have an excellent range of colors and are impressive to the eye, touch, and are also highly rated and durable.
COTTON BATH RUG
Price: $17 | Buy It
Useful, durable, and luxurious, Colormate's reversible bath rugs are all cotton with no rubberized or textured backing that can harden or melt in the dryer. Reversible, absorbent, and thick, this is a great basic for the home to stock up on at Sears' listed price.
CLASSIC SOLID GOLD HOOP EARRINGS
Price: $78 | Buy Them
Just the right size, these stylish and classically chic pierced-ear hoops are priced perfectly for anyone who wants understated luxury. They have a hinged click closure and are right for everyday wear and especially unfussy for anyone who travels.
OUTDOOR DINING SET
Price: $400 | Buy It
A perfect table and chair set for entertaining, this deeply discounted seven-piece Garden Oasis Harrison dining set includes six chairs and one rectangular dining table with a center hole for an umbrella. The table features a heavy-duty, scratch-resistant tempered glass top with steel frames that have a rust-resistant coating. The quick-drying chair fabric is UV-protected to resist fading.
Price: $140 | Buy Them
It's not common for steel-toe work boots to be a fashion statement, but these Timberlands are the height of cool. Sears has them on sale, and they are all-season, insulated, and waterproof. In wheat-tan suede, these padded all-purpose boots have an antimicrobial lining and lugged outsoles that are slip- and oil-resistant.
Price: $630 | Buy It
Sears has great buys right now on their Craftsman 26-inch, five-drawer rolling tool chest in black. This deeply discounted splurge has double-wall steel construction with a locking system you can operate with a smartphone. It has a 2,000-pound load rating, a power strip with 6 outlets and two USB ports, and pre-cut drawer liners.
Price: $700 | Buy It
This top-of-the-line Kenmore Elite smart dishwasher is a highly rated, highly efficient bargain right now. You can use an app or voice commands to start or stop it, and remotely monitor cycle progress and customize diagnostic alerts. For those who hate noise, the 44-decibel rating means it is whisper quiet.
CRAFTSMAN BIT AND SOCKET SET
Price: $25 | Buy It
This 42-piece Craftsman is marked down 75 percent. The bits in this set are coated in rust-reducing black oxide to ensure years of service. The set features Torx, hex, and an array of standard fastener heads along with a fast turning ratchet and a sturdy carrying case.