Buying furniture online may seem like a strange proposition, considering you really can't touch or feel the (typically) big-ticket merchandise, but there was a time when we not only purchased furniture from catalogs, but entire homes as well! From 1908 to 1940, folks could purchase a brand new home from Sears and Roebuck, with 400 different floor plans to choose from. Homes were delivered by freight car, disassembled. The average house had some 30,000 pieces, and were installed using easy-to-follow blueprints. Pieces and parts were number keyed to the blueprint for easy assembly (hellooooo, IKEA!). Every part of the home came from that kit, with the exception of the lot, foundation, plumbing, electricity and heating. Many Sears Roebuck bungalows still stand today, with home values anywhere from $300,000 to over $1M!
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