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The end of Sears: shoes

Sears was nearly gone for good and not much merchandise was left over. But, somehow, even at 80% off these shoes hadn’t sold. A retail mystery, I suppose.

Sears (the last days)
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 1.3.2019

The end of Sears: clothes

Our local Sears store closed at the beginning of 2019; during the last few weeks it was open, I went there often to photograph the ever-diminishing inventory. At first, I made the Patient Spouse go with me to provide cover, in case the employees weren’t too keen on wandering photographers. What I learned from that was that if your job at Sears is disappearing in a matter of days, you really don’t care one bit if wandering photographers are on the premises. So, the Patient Spouse got to stay home while I wandered.

Sears (the last days)
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 12.26.2018

Indeed

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

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