Goodbye Sears

Oliver and I took our last run up to Sears tonight; it closes on Monday forever, so we didn’t quite make it to the end, but we were close enough. And given that we were pictured in The Guardian on opening day, we can truly say we were around for the entire 13 year run.

Sears in Charlottetown always seemed like an implausible proposition, and I can’t recall ever visiting the store when it seemed remotely busy. But we bought a lot of sheets and pillows and towels there over the years, a couple of appliances, three mattresses, several suitcases and a smattering of clothes.

For things like sheets and towels, I’ve no idea where else on Prince Edward Island one might buy such things now that Eatons and Sears are both gone. The Internet, I suppose?

The final weeks at Sears were a fascinating look at what’s left over when everyone’s bought everything: from the look of things tonight, it’s small men’s shirts, sheets for twin beds, Lagostina frying pans, and curiously compelling stationery.

It was the stationery that was my last purchase: we waited in line for 20 minutes for the privilege of buying half a dozen gold ink pens, a collection of beautiful, simple, colorful greeting cards and a pencil case.

Goodbye Sears: I never really loved you, but I’ve a feeling you will be missed.


Krista-Lee Christensen's picture
Krista-Lee Chri... on January 7, 2018 - 14:37 Permalink

Homesense may offer a suitable alternative for sheets and towels. Martin and I have been chatting about what exciting possibilities that building could have for the city, if it weren't to be reused for retail purposes. Is there any talk about what the plans are for it?

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Timothy on January 8, 2018 - 09:04 Permalink

The place for sheets and towels is surprisingly close to (your) home. Beaton's Wholesale Dry Goods Ltd. ( on lower Queen Street has great ones. My parents bought several sets for the cottage, and my dad's sister marvelled at them during her summer stay. She has repeatedly discovered on her world travels since that these fine sheets are in use at fancy hotels (even in China), and that impresses her to no end!

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Peter Rukavina on January 8, 2018 - 09:06 Permalink

What a revelation! The “PEI Mussel Shirt” in the window all these years was a red herring, obviously. I’m going to visit today. Thank you.

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Ann on January 9, 2018 - 22:22 Permalink

The place for sheets and towels is HomeSense. Well priced and good quality