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The Holyoke Mall Sears is set to close this month but there was a time when people purchased nearly everything they owned from Sears, including their home.

This month, the Sears inside the Holyoke Mall will join the hundreds of other Sears stores the bankrupt company has had to close. But there was a time when Sears Roebuck reigned supreme.

Their catalogs sold everything you’d find in a home, including the house. 

On West Greene Street in Easthampton, two Sears Windsor model houses were built from plans purchased from Sears. One of the homeowners had no idea. 

Two homes were built in and around the 1920s from West Springfield to Whately, a few Sears homes still remain. But like the stores, they’re becoming harder to find. 

“I guess it’s part of the times with the internet,” said Joe Bock of West Springfield. “People are shopping online and big stores are closing down. Didn’t know they even made houses.”

But next door, a craftsman enthusiast had hoped his home’s plans and pieces had come from Sears. 

“Oh my gosh yes,” said Codey Kolasinski of Easthampton. “Just so much history there. It’s a wonderful thing. So you purchased the plans from Sears and purchased all the materials from your local hardware store.”

A Sears Silverdale house still stands in Northampton, with the plans and all of the pieces shipped from Sears. Descendants still live there, and they said the permits were signed by Northampton’s most famous politician.

“It was built,” said Peter Gross of Northampton. “The building permit was signed by Calvin Coolidge. It came in boxes. They brought it here with horses and carts I’m sure.”

Eventually, the catalogs and kit homes fell out of favor.

The Holyoke store is set to close this month.

If you think you might be living in a Sears kit home, let us know at reportit@wwlp.com

Sears Houses of Massachusetts

According to a blog, authenticated Sears houses in Massachusetts have been identified below: 

ModelAddressCityAuthenticated
Crescent339 Rockland StAbingtonYes
Jeanette194 Linwood St.AbingtonYes
Ardara25 Windsor AveActonYes
Maytown1 Martin St.ActonYes
Americus6 Orchard CtAmesburyYes
Hampton31 River StAmesbury 
Lewiston311 Blue Hills RdAmherst 
Collingwood65 Hockanum RdAmherst/S. HadleyYes
Plymouth298 Main StAshlandYes
Wheaton33 BiltmoreAttleboro 
Winona31 Curtis AveAttleboro 
Lynnhaven1525 Hyannis RdBarnstable 
Starlight96 Orange StBostonYes
Willard59 Hemlock Rd.Boston 
Kismet28 HarrisonBourne 
No. 168/Matoka28 Old Harvard RdBoxborough 
Custom214 WolcottChestnut HillsYes
Starlight13 Keith StChicopee 
Garfield107 HooperDedham 
Windsor475 East StDedham 
Windsor7 W Greene StEasthampton 
Windsor9 W Greene StEasthampton 
Langston23 Spencer Baird RdFalmouthYes
Elsmore218 Heywood St.Fitchburg 
Starlight281 Wanoosnoc RdFitchburgYes
Vallonia40 Lovisa StFitchburgYes
No. 111/Chelsea39 Milliken AvFranklinYes
No. 103109 Marvin AvFranklin 
Ellsworth15 Jackson ParkGardnerYes
Crafton19 Jackson ParkGardnerYes
Fulton27 Jackson ParkGardnerYes
Maplewood31 Jackson ParkGardnerYes
Bridgeport39 Jackson ParkGardnerYes
Hamilton56 Harrison AvGloucesterYes
Maytown15 North StGrafton 
Vallonia46 Broad StHaverhillYes
Starlight38 Lynn StLawrence 
Windsor10 Norton RdLexington 
Verona115 Belleclaire AvLongmeadowYes
Jewel62 SaundersLynnYes
Fullerton11 Boston StMiddleton 
Lewiston3 Mt Vernon StMiddleton 
Wilmore10 Mt Vernon StMiddletonYes
Alhambra19 W Walnut StMilford 
Winona1542 Grafton RdMillbury 
Hazelton51 Harding StNewtonYes
Mitchell109 Main StNorfolk 
Silverdale96 Hockanum RdNorthamptonYes
Priscilla18 Mylod StNorwoodYes
Winona21 LenoxPeabodyYes
Maplewood26 Winslow StProvincetownYes
Martha Washington54 ConantQuincyYes
Starlight56 Lenox StQuincy 
Newark175 LoringSalemYes
Solace29 Newhall StSaugus 
Solace14 Field StSeekonk 
Osborn178 S Main StSharon 
Osborn95 Coolidge StSherbornYes
Josephine11 Pearl StShrewsburyYes
Haven23 MapleSouth HadleyYes
Gladstone58 Poplar StSouthbridgeYes
Sunlight53 JessieSwampscottYes
Windsor50 Kendrick RdWakefieldYes
Ardara9 Knowles Ave.Wareham 
No. 12186 Westminster StWatertownYes
No. 132/Palmyra111 Worcester StWest Boylston 
No. 16382 Boulevard PlaceWest SpringfieldYes
Somers70 Willow StWest Yarmouth 
Chelsea20 Whitney StWestboroughYes
Betsy Ross1942 Drift RdWestport 
Cape Cod266 HaydenvilleWhatelyYes
Betsy Ross24 Sherman PlWoburn 
No. 160/Phoenix184 Salem StWoburn 
Clyde125 Farrar AvWorcesterYes
Hampton61 Boston AvWorcesterYes
Josephine37 ArbutusWorcesterYes
Starlight175 Beaconsfield RdWorcesterYes
Winona43 Denmark StWorcesterYes

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