Retail pioneer Sears was once a dominant force in the shopping landscape. But shoppers, skittish stockholders, and industry analysts fear the crumbling giant's repeated rounds of store shutdowns — liquidation sales at 46 more Sears and Kmarts put them on the path to closing in November — have placed the company on the verge of collapse, a likely defining moment in retail history. There are, however, plenty of bargains to be had before Sears closes its doors once and for all.
Looking to get back into shape (or in shape for the first time)? Sears offers a huge variety of exercise and outdoors equipment at discounts of up to 40 percent in many cases. Select items include home gyms, climbers, treadmills, cable machines, and weights.
You can't get Kenmore appliances anywhere but Sears. Though over the years Cheapism has applauded its air conditioners and gas ranges, not every Kenmore product is great — and we suggested in 2017 that buyers think twice about a refrigerator model. But for those who want a bargain on certain refrigerators, now may be the time. Some models are going for half off, or more, though clearances and discount codes.
KENMORE WASHERS AND DRYERS
We've also given a thumbs-down to a Kenmore washing machine, but Sears is also making a big effort to move the house brand's washers, dryers, and washer/dryer bundles, many for discounts of up to 40 percent or more.
ASSORTED KENMORE APPLIANCES
Sears isn't selling only big-ticket Kenmore items at bargain prices. Countertop microwaves and vacuum cleaners are also on sale, some at more than 50 percent off — not to mention a 10 percent off code advertised on the website — and hundreds of models with free shipping.
Sleep-deprived shoppers can save big on hundreds of different mattresses in all sizes and styles. In some cases, there are discounts of more than 50 percent on major brands such as Serta, Sealy, and Beautyrest. In some cases, the discounts reach up to 60 percent.
Sears might be the perfect place to scoop up a closet full of shoes. Some hundreds of items have been seen discounted by more than 80 percent.
Sears is selling select luggage sets for nearly 70 percent off, and hundreds for at least half off. Packages include two-piece, three-piece, four-piece sets, and larger. Hardshell, vinyl, and cloth are all included across top-selling brands such as Rockland, with a few from brands including American Tourister and Forecast.
Male, female, and unisex bikes are all on sale, including BMX-style bikes, mountain bikes, cruisers, electric bikes, freestyle bikes, and road bikes. In all, more than 100 models are on sale, including brands such as Schwinn and Mongoose.
Coffee lovers can take advantage of more than 100 discounts on reduced-price coffee makers and espresso stations. Brands such as Mr. Coffee, Cuisinart, Hamilton Beach, Ninja, and Black+Decker are included.
Long associated with the Craftsman brand, Sears is running a sale on select Craftsman equipment, with an especially wide selection of lawnmowers. Right now, there are more than a dozen models on sale. Several mowers are advertised for more than $100 off.
CRAFTSMAN LINE TRIMMERS AND WEED WHACKERS
Sears offers steep discounts on several different kinds of lawn and garden equipment, most notably line trimmers and weed whackers. There are more than 20 Craftsman models on sale, including corded electric, battery powered, and gas-powered models.
Sears is offering steep discounts on patio furniture, including bistro sets, casual dining sets, chaise lounges, gazebos, tables, cushions, and covers. In some cases, Sears is knocking up to half off regular prices.
OUTDOOR BAR SUPPLIES
Find discounts of more than 50 percent on outdoor bar chairs, bar tables, wicker bars and full bar sets.