Value-minded shoppers flock to this all-American department store for everything from sheets to new tires.. In Short Founded in 1893 by Richard Sears, this well-known brand has come to symbolize consumer trust and value. In addition to selling appliances and electronics, Sears repairs major brands (no matter where purchased) in-home or in-store. Do-it-yourselfers can purchase parts or stock up on the exclusive Craftsman tool line. The auto department offers tire, brake, oil change and shock services. A wide range of clothing, jewelry, gifts, housewares, computers, toys and sporting goods is also available.