Marshall Field

Those old Sears catalogs may be good for a trip down memory lane, but they probably won't make you rich

Those old Sears catalogs may be good for a trip down memory lane, but they probably won't make you rich

Sears’ bankruptcy filing on Monday drummed up plenty of nostalgia for its heyday as the world’s biggest retailer.

As Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp. works to save its business, there’s no shortage of people willing to sell you memorabilia from its days as a retail empire. Resale websites like eBay hawk decades-old Sears catalogs, employee pins, vintage advertisements and items like ceramic kitchenware sets.

But a stash of old Sears catalogs in the attic, while good for a trip down memory lane, probably won’t make you rich.

A case in point: A 1935 Craftsman power tools catalog sold for $34.49 on eBay on Monday, the day Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy...

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