Be the Santa with Sears and Miss Lori

It’s that time of year again. The time when we all need to find those perfect gifts for all of the people in our lives. It’s a joyous time, but it can also be a frustrating time trying to find just the right gift for each person in your life. Sears understands that. That’s why they have initiated a great new campaign this season, The “Be the Santa” campaign What does that mean? It means that Sears is working to make your holiday shopping experience less stressful, and more valuable and festive. Why? Because they value your time, your energy and your money.

Now Sears has been in my life for as long as I can remember, but when I think of Sears I think of appliances. That’s why when I bought my first house I went directly to Sears to purchase my first set of appliances. (Because that’s what you do when you grow up and buy a home, you buy your appliances at Sears.) I found out on my recent tour of the Orland Park Sears store that you can buy your appliances even easier than ever at a newly arranged Sears store. For example in Orland Park the Appliance center is brighter, more spacious and inviting than in years past. I found customer service people at the ready, family computer stations where you can sit down to plot out a very personal plan for your home, and lots and lots of options. But the best thing I discovered in the appliance center were stickers announcing Hot Buys! Check out my on site video for details and let me know what you think.

Hot Buys in the appliance center was great news to me about the Sears that I thought I new, but as I walked through the Orland Park store with manager Theda Isenberg I quickly learned that my idea that Sears is just about appliances couldn’t be further from the truth. Theda pointed out to me that Sears has everything a modern family could possibly need from a department store. And while Sears is for the whole family, they recognize that in most families Mom is the captain of the family shopping ship so they are working hard to please her. For example, they aren’t just putting clothes out on racks they are creating wardrobe centers that offer fabulous outfit suggestions and pairing for her right there within easy reach. The styling is very modern it grows along with today’s shopper from Misses to Petites, Women’s and everything else in between. Speaking of growing along. Land’s End, a long standing staple in Sears has an innovative new idea to help parents stretch their shopping dollars to Grow-a-Long with their growing children. Check out my on site lands end department video for details.

But in order for those outfits to wear well on your body you need to stay fit, and now more than ever Sears is committed to helping you do that. At the Orland Park store in fact they have just hired on a fitness manager with several years of personal training experience. So with every purchase in the fitness department you not only get a quality piece of exercise equipment you also get some individualized instruction to help you better reach your fitness goals. Check out my on site fitness department video for details.

There were so many improvements I can’t possibly name them all, you will just have to go and see for yourself. To give you a little incentive to do so Sears has given my two $100 giftcards to giveaway today. All they want in exchange is your thoughts. So, today’s winners will be the two people who contribute the most to this conversation with their thoughtful comments. I’m not just looking for stand alone posts either, I want to see you responding to each other. A real brainstorming session. Then at 10am CST Tuesday Novemebr 23 the comments will be tallied and the winner’s will be determined. Not available to participate in a long conversations today. No worries. I will also choose one random winner on Wednesday November 24th from all of the comments posted on my site Monday and Tuesday. Click here for Details

Now whether you are in a talkative mood or just want to stand on the sidelines and watch, you can increase your chances of winning by doing one, or all of the following things:

For each additional action that you take, make sure you circle back to the giveaway posts and leave a comment identifying your individual deeds. You don’t have to leave a separate comment for each act if you don’t want to, one will do. Just make sure you list all of your deeds in your single comment so you get proper credit.

So come on, let’s get talking. Tell me…

  • When was the last time you visited a Sears?
  • What’s your favorite holiday shopping memory?
  • What have you bought from Sears in the past?
  • What would make you want to come back to a store again and again?
  • Do you like shopping with your family or by yourself?

How’s that for some conversation starters? Now talk amongst yourselves. The holidays are coming fast and we all need to…

Be The Santa

SMILE On!

ML

Level 11: Miss Lori was compensated for administering this contest or party.

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Comments

  1. Amyhill007 says:

    I have gone to stores on Thanksgiving. You would be surprised the number of people who will venture out.

  2. Thanks for finding that . . . I was just too lazy!

  3. My sis picks kids names from a tree at her church. She tries to find kids close to her kids’ ages so that they can each pick out a special toy for them in addition to the requested item.

  4. Exactly! I get that it is somewhat inconvenient for the store, but if you want people to buy at your location over another I think it is just a service you should offer gratis.

  5. We’re doing dinner followed by a movie. I think we’ll see Tangled!

  6. We’re doing dinner followed by a movie. I think we’ll see Tangled!

  7. Thanks!

  8. At least you admit it! LOL! I have been in denial . . . “I will never be like that!” :o)

  9. Sears layaway overview —
    4 easy steps to get what you want

    * Shop for virtually anything. Bring your items to any register in the store or add to your shopping cart online.
    * Make your down payment. View sample payment table
    * Make payments every two weeks online or at any Sears register. Use cash, check or debit/credit card.
    * Pick up your items if they are held at the store. For items held at the warehouse, schedule a pick-up or delivery time.

    8 week option layaway facts

    *
    Service Fee

    is $5 for all new layaway contracts.*
    *
    Cancellation Fee

    is $10 for all new layaway contracts.*
    *
    Down Payment

    is $15 or 20% (whichever is greater) and is collected when merchandise is put on layaway.*
    *
    4 Easy Payments

    are required for an 8-week layaway contract.

  10. According to their site:

    Sears layaway overview —
    4 easy steps to get what you want

    * Shop for virtually anything. Bring your items to any register in the store or add to your shopping cart online.
    * Make your down payment. View sample payment table
    * Make payments every two weeks online or at any Sears register. Use cash, check or debit/credit card.
    * Pick up your items if they are held at the store. For items held at the warehouse, schedule a pick-up or delivery time.

    8 week option layaway facts

    *
    Service Fee

    is $5 for all new layaway contracts.*
    *
    Cancellation Fee

    is $10 for all new layaway contracts.*
    *
    Down Payment

    is $15 or 20% (whichever is greater) and is collected when merchandise is put on layaway.*
    *
    4 Easy Payments

    are required for an 8-week layaway contract.

  11. I didn’t think of that, but the site says there’s a $5 service fee. Boo!

  12. I won’t be shopping after all that food! lol

  13. That is ridiculous! We don’t even watch TV that much (probably because I’m computer addicted!)

  14. That is actually why I avoid Walmart if possible.

  15. I’m not a big fan of any of that.

  16. Seems like it!

  17. That is great!

  18. Stuff like that makes me not go back to shop at certain places.

  19. Do you know if it costs anything to do it? I’m highly opposed to paying extra for layaway.

  20. That stinks for the employees, but I’m sure people shop.

  21. I never even thought of 3D sports. I don’t know that I’d want to see them, but maybe others would.

    Playing video games in 3D could be fun though. I think MarioKart or WiiSkii would be a blast!

  22. No kidding! Who knew that we’d have 3D TV in our time . . . I never would have imagined it!

  23. That’s good to know! I was actually just wondering whether that was the case!

  24. That is the worst. I was looking for sure gel at one store and I asked 5 people before someone finally actually knew (only because she purchases it as well).

  25. I agree!

  26. I’ve not noticed that . . . I’ll have to pay attention.

  27. I’m sure when I’m old I’ll be just like my uncle, whose daughter had to spend about two hours explaining to him what a DVD was! LOL!

  28. Clearance is amazing!

  29. Shopping alone I find is easier when you have a lot to accomplish.

  30. Gift cards are best for the picky people in my family . . . and Sears works for that too since they can use them in Kmart or Lands End too!

  31. I also don’t like when stores are arranged by “brand”. I can’t remember what store it was, but when I was looking for a sweater I had to go to multiple sections just to see them all. When I want a sweater I want to see all brands of the sweaters.

  32. So far as I can see, the selling point will be 3-D sports. Once football games are all broadcast in 3-D, the TVs will probably have more appeal, but for now, there are so few 3-D movies that the theater is far more efficient.

  33. Yeah, when my husband starts playing hide and seek, catch, etc. with the kids while we’re shopping I know we’re done.

  34. By time we are all old and senile there is no telling what technology will be like! I am still young, but geez…lol

  35. I should be done Christmas shopping after today, so now my goal is to avoid all sales, online or instore . . . otherwise I will overbuy!

  36. That is strange! I guess all the pregnant women have to take day trips to go shopping or just buy online, then!

  37. I don’t think I could ever live in a big city if I have to travel and extra 45 minutes or so just to shop.

  38. Seriously, where do those socks go? I had a friend tell me once that she safety pinned all socks together before putting them in the wash so that they would come out as pairs too. It seems like a good idea, but I worry that it would stretch/snag the socks.

  39. Sears is a great place to especially go for the “picky” people in your family since they seem to have everything.

  40. What do you all think about Sears being open on Thanksgiving? I feel they shouldn’t make their employees work the holiday. It is supposed to be a time of giving thanks with family and friends. I believe most of their business will be the following day.