Win $100 & Don’t Just Give a Gift, Grant A Wish


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Sears Grant a Wish ProgramThe Sears in my home town is attached to a Mall, and I walk in on occasion, but only to pass through to the inner sanctum of the mall.  The last time I actually took the time to look at the items in Sears, was when I was a little kid.  Most of what I remember wasn’t anything I was ever interested in.

But when Sears sponsored a $100 gift card through IZEA for their “Don’t Just Give a Gift, Grant a Wish” program, I got the chance to revisit the store of my childhood memories.

The Revelation

Sears, I found out, is no longer the store of my parents generation.  They have changed with the times just as any other store has.  It’s weird how biased many younger consumers are towards stores like Sears because of how they remember it as a child.

I’m glad I had this opportunity, because it has opened my eyes.  Not only to the newer, and better Sears, but to the possibilities that other stores I haven’t visited since childhood could be and probably are a lot different than I may think.

Heroes At Home

Heroes at HomeThe absolute best thing I saw during my shopping spree at Sears was that they have a program that supports our troops on the home front.

This strikes home for me.  I am in the military myself, and I know the hard times service men and women can face when returning from deployment.  I have had friends and family return home, that walk a little slower or are a little edgier.  Who find it harder to cope knowing what they now know, and having seen some of the most horrible things anyone could ever experience.

The Sears Heroes at Home program is great, and it shows me that there are still people who support our troops each and every day.  If you’d like to donate to the Heroes at Home program, please click here.

Granting a Wish Brooklyn StyleThe Sears Offerings

If there is one thing I’ve noticed about Sears since my shopping experience, it’s that you have to be very creative to buy more than a couple of things at Sears when shopping with a $100 budget.

Sears is pricier than many of the other stores where I live, but they do offer some really great items.

Sears had almost everything you could imagine a big store having.  Clothes, Electronics, Home Furnishings, Appliances, Shoes.  But the one thing I noticed that Sears didn’t have, was Toys.  I was a bit stunned.  So I went to their website after returning home, and was relieved to see they do carry toys.  Just not in this store in our hometown.

The electronics sections was a little on the skimpy side, but out of the things they did offer, there were some nice items.  Here’s a small selection from what stood out most in my mind.

  • iPods
  • Flip Videos
  • Giant Flat Screen HDTVs
  • The Wii & Other Game systems
  • Movies

Sears also had seat messagers set up to try out and relax after a long day of shopping.  My pregnant wife really enjoyed those.

The Wife at SearsMy Purchases

As I walked through the store, I was so mesmerized with the number of things I wanted to get.  But $100 wasn’t going to buy them all.

I’ve gained about 40 pounds since my wife got pregnant with our first child and while she lost it all, I find that I haven’t, so I’m beginning to work out and do some running, maybe eat a little healthier.  So the first item I picked up was an armband iPod holder.  I’ve got the iPod but have never had a way to carry it while running.  I’m hoping this purchase will be a motivator to actually start running.

All of my family Christmas get-togethers involve a little game called the “Chinese Auction”.  I’ve noticed others call it Dirty Santa.  In fact it’s probably better known for that name.  So my next couple of purchases were a Retro Style Hot Dog Cooker and a couple of other items that can’t be mentioned until after Christmas (I’ll leave them in the comments after our Christmas game is over).

The Results

I was overall please with my 4-5 hours of time spent in Sears, as well as with the number and quality of items that were offered.  I still think toys would have been a big seller, especially for the holiday season, and maybe a bigger selection of electronics, but other than that, it was a great experience.

Granting a WishNow It’s Your Turn

Sears wasn’t only interested in sponsoring my gift card, but they’re interested in granting your wish as well.  So they’ve partnered with IZEA (who is the contest sponsor) to offer you $100 as well.  For your chance to win a $100 gift card to spend on anything you’d like at Sears, simply do one of the following:

  • Blog Comment – Leave a comment on this blog post with the items you would buy with the $100 gift card.  Make sure you also include the item number of each item.  You can go to to research the item numbers.
  • Twitter Tweet – Simply tweet the following message on Twitter:  “RT @steven_sanders please grant my wish to win a $100 #Sears gift card – tweet to make your own wish
  • Blog Post – Write a blog post about the contest and link back to this post.  Make sure you leave a comment letting me know, so I don’t miss you.

Each tweet, comment, or post counts as one registration.  You can register up to three times by doing all three.  The winner will be chosen at random by IZEA based on all entries.  The contest ends at Midnight EST on December 23.  So make sure you get your entries in by then.  For more on the contest rules, go here.

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All of the Izea Insiders did the same thing I did, so visit all of them below to enter their contests as well:

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  • Linda M December 23, 2008

    I’d get a pair of Adidas tennis shoes for my daughter item #07650181562 and a micro fleece blanket for myself item #09671778001. Happy Holidays!

  • Carrie Miyake December 23, 2008

    Since I am due to have my baby in under 4 weeks, I would get the Fisher-Price Rainforest™ Melodies & Lights Deluxe Gym™ item #04922553000 and the Fisher-Price Rainforest™ Healthy Care™ Booster Seat item #04911006088

  • Betty C December 23, 2008

    I would get a new printer HP Sears item# 00398970000 $99.99

  • Melanie Lee December 23, 2008

    Journey Diamond Star Pendant. 10K Yellow Gold
    Sears item# 04421719000 Mfr. model# P462310W02
    Was $199.00
    Sale $99.00

    I broke my favorite necklace and I feel naked without one. I would love this necklace!

  • Robin December 23, 2008

    I would get my Son some new school clothes. He’s about outgrown everything he owns.

    Here are some items for him that I liked from the Sears website.

    Levi’s ® Boy’s 8-20 Painter Jean
    Sears item # 04004784140
    Levi’s ® Boy’s 8-20 569™ Loose Fit Jean
    Sears item # 04004733140
    Canyon River Blues Boy’s 8-20 Husky Layered Woven Plaid Shirt
    Sears item# 040S3041000

  • Catherine copeland December 23, 2008

    I blogged about your great giveaway. Check out my post.

    Catherine copelands last blog post..Here We Come A Caroling

  • Valeen N December 23, 2008

    I would love to win the George Foreman Family-Sized Grill w/Indigo Bun Warmer Sears item# 00848513000 and the Kenmore 10 cup Food Processor Sears item #00881002000. Thanks!

  • Sherry R December 23, 2008

    I would buy the Mia Moda Cielo Compact Stroller in Chocolate,
    Sears item# 04990578000.

  • Dawn K December 23, 2008

    Waring Food Slicer
    Sears item# 00810494000 Mfr. model# FS150

  • Tesa S. December 23, 2008

    My family needs this: #03298470000 – a cute little red fan heater for the bathroom.

  • Melanie W December 23, 2008

    Thank you for this great contest! I am moving into my first apartment and would love this: Kenmore 10 cup Food Processor

    Sears item #00881002000

  • joan olson December 23, 2008

    really want the Craftsman 16 volt Lithium-Ion 3/8 in. Drill/Driver Combo with Worklight
    Sears item# 00911820000 Mfr. model# 11820

  • Donna K December 23, 2008

    I would like the 1/2 ct. t.w.* Diamond Composite Stud Earring. 10K White Gold
    Sears item# 04421558000 Mfr. model# E60190C00W -$99

  • Donna K December 23, 2008

    I blogged about this at

    Donna Ks last blog post..Sears $100 Gift Card

  • Donna K December 23, 2008

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    Donna Ks last blog post..Sears $100 Gift Card

  • Debra B December 23, 2008

    I would love to get a new electric blanket and I found this one in cranberry its the Sunbeam Elite Heated Blanket Sears item # 09671795708 for 69.99 and they are so nice to have on these chilly winter nites, I also found this for my husband the Covington Fleece Robe
    Sears item # 03319742096 for 28.00, it looks so warm and cozy too, thanks for the great giveaway, I shop at sears often and they have a great selection on quite alot of things, Merry Christmas everyone

  • Erin Walsh December 23, 2008

    I would spend it to organize:
    Organize It All Stackable Storage Shelf
    Sears item #00891619000 Mfr. model #1707 $34.99

    And (2) of the Whitney Designs Triple Storage Bin
    Sears item #00899627000 Mfr. model #7119 $27.99

    Thanks for the chance to win, to both you and Sears!

  • Angie P December 23, 2008

    I’d use it towards this camera for my daughter:
    Sony 7.2MP Digital Camera, W120 – Pink
    Sears item #00338408000

  • Becky Grady December 23, 2008

    I would pick this:

    Sony 4GB Walkman® MP3 Player – Red
    Sears item# 05721623000

  • A Casson December 23, 2008

    The Brother XL2600i 26 Mechanical Stitch Sewing Machine
    Sears item# 02094042000. love to have a sewing machine, this would be so handy & Useful indeed for me.

  • Annemarie December 23, 2008

    I would love to have the Eureka Upright Vacuum Sears item# 02037761000.

  • Connie December 23, 2008

    Since I’ve shopped for everyone else, I’m going to be selfish and look for some things for myself.

    Disney Mickey Earrings Sears item# 04463426000

    Levis Perfectly Slimming Jeans Sears item # 01693355026

    Covington Pleated ORing Top Sears item # 01680317049

    Connies last blog post..Contests and Giveaways Galore

  • Connie December 23, 2008
  • Connie December 23, 2008
  • Robert R December 23, 2008

    would put it towards the PS3, Guitar Hero World Tour Band Bundle – Sears item #05896868000 $189.99

  • Terry C December 23, 2008

    Cuisinart Chefs Classic 7 pc. Stainless Steel Cookware Set
    Sears item# 00882590000 Mfr. model# 77-7 Thanks for the giveaway!

    braaisjo at gmail dot com

  • Jennifer December 23, 2008

    We really need a new microwave so I would choose: Sharp 1 cu.ft. 1100W Microwave Oven w/turntable – White, Sears item# 02094124000.

  • Ashley December 23, 2008

    I would put the gift card towards this: Sears item# 00858441000 Mfr. model# 88600304

    Ashleys last blog post..And then, the whole sky comes crashing down…

  • Helen December 23, 2008

    Sears item #05892346000: Wii,Mario Kart & Wii Wheel
    & Sears item #05892537000: Wii,Lego Batman

    Total: $99.98

  • Dawn December 23, 2008

    The gift card would go towards buying the following:
    White Frigidaire 12.5 cu. ft. Upright Freezer -Sears item# 04628212000

    Dawns last blog post..Random Linkage: The Value edition

  • Caryn B December 23, 2008

    I sooo want a Wii Fit & Wii Balance Board
    Sears item #05892358000

    Caryn Bs last blog post..WW: Santa…Scary?

  • Caryn B December 23, 2008
  • Elizabeth Ray December 23, 2008

    My digital camera died, and I really need one for work. Therefore, I pick Sears item #00353288000.

  • Auriette December 23, 2008

    Good luck with your new resolution to run with your iPod!

    I spent some time visiting the various sections of — jewelry, digital cameras, lawn & garden, and I finally settled on this: I’d like to buy a couple of sets of Lands’ End 400 TC Supima No-iron Sheet Sets (item # 09655826004), they’re under $40 each, so my husband and I could each have a set. We have only one set of really nice sheets, but they taught me thread count really does make a difference.

  • Heather December 23, 2008

    I’ve always wanted to try the Shark Steam Mop, which is Sears item# 02037267000.

  • esther December 23, 2008

    I like Sears item #00869943000 and Sears item #00869044000

  • Carissa December 23, 2008

    The Gladiator Clean-Up Caddy #00959693000 and the Hyloft 45×45×28 in Ceiling Shelf # 00959310000

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