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Yes, I think we can all tell that there’s been a clearance.

the last days of Sears
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 12.26.2018

An out-of-body experience

As the Sears store got closer to being permanently closed, the store fixtures began to be moved over to the sides of the building, where they were available for sale. I don’t know what the resale market is for used mannequins, but the photographic opportunities were obvious.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 12.26.2018 and 1.3.2019

80% off really draws them in

Sears was only open two more days after this. Those deep discounts meant the store was more crowded than it had been in recent memory.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 1.5.2019

Sears (what’s left)

Our Sears store closed for good the other day. In the days leading up to the closing, I went three or four times to photograph what a dying store looks like. The first time, the Patient Spouse went along with instructions to “provide cover” while my camera and I prowled around. As it turns out, employees with only four or five days left on their job don’t care one bit about photographers and I was able to document the interior without anyone acting like they noticed.

But this – this sort of sums up the whole situation.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 1.8.2019

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