Sears Holdings, the parent company for Sears and Kmart, filed for bankruptcy today. They’ll close 142 of their 700 Sears and Kmart stores and continue their online sales. BUT, a part of my youth is dying off.

Amazon rules the world, Americans choosing price, convenience and ease over the traditional retail model. It is understandable.

Sears was the Amazon of it’s time. They were all things to everyone. From socks to skateboards to sofas and single family homes (yes, they sold house kits), Sears was THE go to retailer.

I guess at 52 years old, I don’t like seeing staples of growing up fade away. My parents only bought Sears brand appliances because of their quality and reputation. As a fat kid, I bought my Toughskin Husky pants at Sears. You could even buy your Cub Scout and Boy Scout uniforms there.

THEN, there was the Sears Wish List catalog that would come in the mail about now, infuriating my mother, as we started our Christmas lists two-and-a-half months before Santa Claus came to town!

Great memories. I wish they made Toughskin Huskies for men, now. I would still be a customer!

Those Sears Toughskins!