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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  • Melissa D December 22, 2008

    I would buy my family the Harvard Mercury 6ft. Hockey Table (item #00625285000), which is on sale for $99.99!

    Thanks and Happy Holidays!

  • Brooke December 22, 2008

    I’d put it towards the White Kenmore 24 in. Portable Dishwasher
    Sears item# 02217702000 Mfr. model# 17702

  • Cassandra December 22, 2008

    I would buy tomtom GPS, ONE 125 Portable GPS Navigation Device
    Sears item# 05730719000 for $99.99. Thanks so much!

  • Erma December 22, 2008

    I would get the item# 02086100000 Bissell Quicksteamer Deep Cleaner. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Anthony Hedden December 22, 2008

    Craftsman C3 19.2 volt DRILL/DRIVER
    Sears item# 00911588000 Mfr. model# 11588

  • Greg R December 22, 2008

    Sears item# 00897754000 Mfr. model# JFPJ-B would be great wish!

  • Pauline M December 22, 2008

    I soooo wanted my kids to ask for Guitar Hero from Santa for christmas this year, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be. I think this would be a great game for our family since we all love music so I would get Sears item #05892384000 Guitar Hero Aerosmith Bundle! Thanks and Happy Holidays!

  • Becky December 22, 2008

    I love Dirty’s a great game…If I win this I *think* I would like to put it towards a new washer/dryer set for me..this is the washer…02628032000

    Beckys last blog post..Steven

  • Barbara December 22, 2008

    I’d buy bathroom linens.

    (8 ea) Colormate Solid Bath Towel
    Sears item # 09699915256

    (6 ea) Colormate Solid Hand Towel
    Sears item # 09699916256

    (14 ea) Colormate Solid Washcloth
    Sears item # 09699917256

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  • Sharon Seneker December 22, 2008

    For $99.99 on sale I would like the GPX Portable DVD player with 8 inch widescreen display #5757198000. Thanks!

  • Chrysa December 22, 2008

    I would get the Heys USA Tc50 Travel Concepts Nassau 4 Pc Luggage Set
    Sears item # 01499775001 for $99.99!

    Chrysas last blog post..Free Redbox Movie Rental Code for 12/22/08

  • Stephanie S. December 22, 2008

    I would buy the Mio Moov 200 GPS, item # 05710010000 .

  • Anna December 22, 2008

    I’ll need to pay the difference to get 2 of these for my kids:

    Whole Home Electric Blanket
    Sears item # 09674727000 Mfr.model # B8110
    Overall Color: Clover Size: Full

    Annas last blog post..A Reminder

  • R Hicks December 22, 2008

    I would like to have the elgins mens watch item no. 04410608000

  • MaryAnn December 22, 2008

    I’m enjoying seeing ideas of what other people would get! I would like to get this Kodak camera. #00353288000

  • Laura Emerson December 22, 2008

    I would buy the 16mm Swirl Heart Locket #0YL407202 for my daughter who is serving in Afghanistan with the Army. I would put a picture of her four year old daughter who we are taking care of while she is away. She misses her mom and her mom misses her so this way she could always hold her daughter close to her heart.

  • Kimberly M December 22, 2008

    I’ve been shopping at Sears since I was a kid. I’d get a Wii Fit – Sears item# 05892358000. It looks like a great way to stay in shape during the cold winter!

  • Sherri B. December 22, 2008

    I would love to get Nesco Professional Food & Jerky Dehydrator with 5 Trays* Sears item #00897383000. We have been wanting one for a while to make deer jerky.

  • Melissa V December 22, 2008

    we really need a new dvd player so we can have our family movie nights. please grant my wish!
    Sony DVD/VCR Combo Player with Progressive Scan
    Sears item# 05757467000 Mfr. model# SLV-D380P $99.99

  • Carolyn Nedrow December 22, 2008

    I would love to buy the computer case on wheels Sears item #09172411000!

  • Heather December 22, 2008

    With all the SNOW around here I would put it towards Yard-Man 8.5 amp Electric Snow Thrower
    Sears item# 07188087000 Mfr. model# 31A040402 !

  • Sheila B December 22, 2008

    Item ##00353288000 is at the top of my wish list!

  • Kimberly newman December 22, 2008

    Safety 1st Tubside Bath Seat
    Sears item# 04910287000 Mfr. model# 44537

  • David Bertolo December 22, 2008

    I would purchase 2 boxes of FreshLook Colorblends Contac Lenses(6 lenses) @ $48.24 per box.

  • Jay French December 23, 2008

    Here’s an item just under $100: Nikon 8.0MP Digital Camera, Coolpix – Blue
    Sears item #00353138000

  • Trisha December 23, 2008

    i would get 2 wireless 360 controllers item#05891814000

  • Lisa G. December 23, 2008

    If I won I would love to get Geo 16 Piece Tumbler Set item# 02465314000 and
    Lands’ End AntiStat Aircore Blanket item # 09655707004. Thanks!

  • Crystal F December 23, 2008

    Great giveaway! I would get something for both of my girls.

    Boston Accent Indy – Black
    Sears item# 05428527000 for my oldest

    My Real Dreamtime Baby Doll — Blue Eyes and Fair Skin
    Sears item# 05294962000 for my youngest

    Thank you!!!

  • Cynthia W December 23, 2008

    I would buy 10k Oynx and Diamond Accent Earrings
    Sears item# 04475091000

  • Leigh Nichols December 23, 2008

    Crane Air Purifier-Penguin

    Sears item #03298509000
    Mfr. model #EE-5065-P
    You Pay: $99.99

  • Janet F December 23, 2008

    I would get:

    My First Craftsman Wooden Workbench
    Sears item# 05213333000 Mfr. model# WN-07425

    Thank you!

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

    Janet Fs last blog post..Family Tree Maker 2008 Essentials Giveaway

  • Janet F December 23, 2008
  • Lauren December 23, 2008

    Mio Moov 200 Portable GPS Navigator w/ 3.5 in. Touchscreen Display
    Sears item# 05710010000 Mfr. model# MIO MOOV 200 $99.99

  • Janet December 23, 2008

    Craftsman 16-gal 6.5-peak hp Wet/Dry Vac with Detachable 265 mph Blower
    Sears item #00917066000 ty 4 the awesome giveaway and entry:)

  • Kristi Gilleland December 23, 2008

    I’d get a backless barstool like this: Sears item #00859065000. My hubby’s current one is lookin’ bad.
    Thanks for the contest.

  • Joanna Smith December 23, 2008

    All I want is some necessities for our baby! I found this wonderful highchair that is just perfect for her. Here is the information:

    Graco Meal Time™ Highchair, Annabelle
    Sears item# 04988740000 Mfr. model# 749621001101-7

    Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity to enter!

  • Joanna Smith December 23, 2008

    I Twittered about your fantastic giveaway! Here is a link to the Tweet:

  • Nadine L December 23, 2008

    Since the battery door to my camera now has to be taped on, I would chose the Nikon 8.0MP Digital Camera, Coolpix – Blue Sears item# 00353138000 Mfr. model# L18-a Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Geoff K December 23, 2008

    I’d love to own a Keurig Single-Cup Coffee Maker — I’ve heard such great things about it, and it would be very convenient for day-to-day use: Sears # 00833340000 ($99)

  • Teresa E December 23, 2008

    I would buy Farberware 10 Piece Set – Red
    Sears item# 00860025000 Mfr. model# 20686

  • vicki andrew December 23, 2008

    I would get the Kenmore Blender/Food Processor Red
    Sears item# 00880575000 Mfr. model# 204215

  • Jill December 23, 2008

    Sears item #03050015000
    Paint for my house, it needs it badly.

  • Ruthie Madewell December 23, 2008

    Here is my Sears Wishlist:
    10k gold Butterfly Pendant ##04470258000 for $99.00

  • crystal adkins December 23, 2008

    If I won I would buy the OXO Good Grips Mandoline
    Sears item# 00858890000 Mfr. model# 1054752

  • Catherine KingChuparkoff December 23, 2008

    #00801294000 is a toaster oven and would help save energy by using it instead of the large oven for small meals.

  • Patricia Mortimer December 23, 2008

    I’d get a Wii fit.Handy after the holidays.

  • Tsoniki Crazy Bull December 23, 2008

    I would put it toward a Kitchen Aid mixer in red (#00847807000). I have wanted one for years and still don’t have one!

    Tsoniki Crazy Bulls last blog post..Learning About Native Heritage

  • Kobi Hendrix December 23, 2008

    1/10 ct. tw.* Diamond Heart Pendant
    Sears item# 04426447000 is just beautiful

  • Susan P December 23, 2008

    Black Kenmore 2.7 cu. ft. Compact Refrigerator
    Sears item# 04692779000 Mfr. model# 92779

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