My husband worked almost 30 years at the same lumberyard. It was family owned and opened in 1926. They closed it’s doors for the final time last year.
That was when I decided to buy only from local merchants.
I shared in a post earlier that my washer was not repairable. Saturday, I put a load in, and it would not fill with water. I shut it off, and the lights didn’t come back on, except for…
“Door is locked.”
I turned it back on, no luck.
I unplugged it, no luck.
I tugged on the door, no luck.
Finally, I plugged it back in and pushed the “start” button anyway. It went through a cycle draining imaginary water, and then unlocked. After rescuing our clothes, we headed to our Hometown Sears.
Hometown stores are small hardware and appliance stores operated by independent retailers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sears_Hometown_and_Outlet_Stores
I watched the wife of the owner grow up. Now, I see their kids growing up on Facebook. I want to support this family business. That is why we bought our microwave there, (not at Wal-Mart), and our snow blower, and David’s new “doo-hicky” – a leaf blower with a vacuum attachment.
My children are grown now and our needs have changed. Our current washer is a large capacity, front loading machine. After the gasket needed replaced for the third time, I decided I wanted a top loading machine.
Following Mary Hunt’s advice, I set our budget, $400.00, and made a list of my top three must haves.
- Top loading machine
- Load size indicator
- G.E. or Whirlpool brand
We looked at the washers on the floor and only one met our qualifications. It was not the cheapest washer available.
I showed the saleslady the washers from searsoutlet.com and asked if the store would get credit if I purchased one of them. When she said no, I threw the list away.
We got a discount of 5% for using our Sears charge card, and used the rewards money from earlier purchases. We talked about having it delivered, $45.00, and having them dispose of our old one, $10.00, but decided against it. Total cost – $427.00.
We paid for the washer and drove to a local waste management company. They said they would dispose of it for free, if we brought it to their location.
David got on the phone and called a friend…who called his son-in-law…and came right over. The three of them brought the new washer downstairs and lugged the old one out. (Our Hometown Sears loaned us a 2-wheel cart.) It pays to have a truck and friends with strong backs!
When I washed the first load, I set it on “Speed Wash.” I want it to last a long time. Next to it is my dryer that has lived through 4 washers, because I dry every load on “Permanent Press” and “Delicate.” It still gets really hot!
I encourage you to buy locally!
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