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  •  When I was a kid, Sears, (13+ / 0-)

    Montgomery Ward, and JC Penney competed at a similar price point in the clothing and linens departments. My mother factored in quality and thus, never shopped at Sears or Montgomery Ward. Of course that was back in the days when textiles were manufactured in the US.

     

    •  Ooops, yes, how could I have forgotten Sears. (8+ / 0-)

      There were Sears stores too in the small communities where I grew up, but we, like your family, were Penney's people.

      Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

      by JTinDC on Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 02:03:59 PM PST

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      •  Sears is still around. (0+ / 0-)

        We just bought a house and had to buy all the requisite appliances. We looked at HD, Costco, and Best Buy. (And we drive past Lowes -- which is just down the street -- several times. Lowes sure messed up with its little bigotry episode right before we bought a fixer-upper.) I ended up buying Kenmore Elite for most of my appliances. Only the refrigerator came from Costco. The Kenmore Elites offered better features and better design at a better price.

        When I was young, I bought Kenmore because it was the cheapest and most reliable. My last house had a washer/dryer from 1967 that died 3 and 4 years ago respectively. Now, though, the products are also good products that can compete on features. I love my high efficienciency appliances. They cost more upfront. But the rebates through our utility companies are amazing and each according to energy star info,  cost less than about $50 per year to run.   Assuming that's wrong by half, it's still amazing.

        © grover


        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 12:48:18 AM PST

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    •  yes, good luck finding bedsheets not made in (5+ / 0-)
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      China or India. grrrrrrrr

      "We're here to start a dialog, nothing more. We keep quiet and let the press, the politicians, and the Wall Streeters hang themselves." h/t .- pistols at dawn. I'm a Sacramento/San Joaquin Kossack. Are You?

      by mrsgoo on Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 02:39:36 PM PST

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    •  It was also a time (3+ / 0-)
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      when children were sheathed in tight polyester with wide collars. I've never been able to shake my mental association between JC Penny, Sears, and that miserable, tight, staticky, airless, Brady-bunch polyester.

      "YOPP!" --Horton Hears a Who

      by Reepicheep on Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 04:01:49 PM PST

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      •  Cotton, wool, linen, nylon, and rayon is what (3+ / 0-)
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        I recall from when I was a kid. I associate the dreadful age of polyester with the 1970s. The years I had to either make it myself or shop at Brooks Brothers to get non-polyester clothing.

        •  Mom made me a few shirts in grade school. (3+ / 0-)
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          And they were polyester. And they looked home made and I didn't like them much. But about 15 year back dad got her a surger for Christmas and mom's home made clothes looked store bought and I was asking her to make me stuff that I loved wearing. It was fun going to Joanne's Fabrics with her and chosing the mateiral, the buttons, etc. And she makes the most beautiful Easter dresses for my nieces.

          Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

          by JTinDC on Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 04:44:40 PM PST

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