Friday, November 2, 2012

Holy Cow! It’s holiday catalog season

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

I don’t know about you, but for the past week or so, my mailbox has been stuffed with holiday catalogs.  EVERY DAY-- and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Mind you, they do hold me captive.  I’m such a sucker.  If money were no object—and if I had a 50,000 square foot house—I’d fill it with lots of items featured in them.  I'd order most of that stuff for myself, too.  I mean ... hey, isn't that what capitalism is all about?

For instance . . .
For a mere $69.95, the Victoria Trading Company has a ceramic foot bath large enough for both feet, AND it’s decorated with a Chintz floral pattern.  How have I lived this long without one?  (And shouldn't I buy a a bunch of them for all my relatives, too?)

The Lakeside Collection catalog has a beautiful set of 52 pastel gel pens in a handsome case.  I once bought such a collection of pens.  It would have been a terrific bargain had any of the pens actually worked.

I’ve yet to see a Harry & David catalog (and make no mistake…it WILL arrive, and not just once, either), but the Carolina Cookie Company, Lands End, LL Bean, and many, many more have already ended up in my recycling bin; most of them without ever being looked at.

I hope these catalogs were made with recycled paper, and that the forests the trees came from are well maintained and replanted on a regular basis.  At this time of year, when we get so many political mailers, and now the glut of holiday catalogs and other advertising circulars, why is the Post Office in such dire straits?  (The Cozy Chicks and I are holding up our ends by sending out bookmarks to our readers on a regular basis.)

That said, I’ve actually found a few items I intend to order as Christmas gifts—things I would have never considered were it not for those catalogs and circulars. I may look to see if they’re available for cheaper on other sites (such as Amazon), but they have at least given me potential gift items to think about.

How about you?  Do the holiday catalogs ever entice you to buy?


Aurian said...

Here in Holland we have stickers to put on the mailbox, that state if you do not want unaddressed advertisements. And if you have it posted, the mailpersons are not allowed to put their junkmail in your mailbox. I have had it for years and I love it. It sure makes for tons less garbage. I don't like browsing folders, I just go shopping for what I need, and if I see something on sale in the store, I might buy it or not.

So, no catalogs for me, only those I am subscribed to from my favourite stores.

Katreader said...

I haven't been getting as many catalogs as I used to...and I miss them. I love perusing them and dreaming of all I could buy, if only I had tons of money. And yes, most of it would be for me! I have bought and do buy things from catalogs, both for myself and as gifts-though not as much as I used to. Perhaps that's why I don't get as many catalogs. Still I enjoy looking at those I get, even if I don't buy anything.

Anne said...

I love looking through catalogs, but they rarely entice me to actually buy. I do regret not buying 2 bathroom pictures though. I saw them in a animal protection fund raising catalog 5 or 6 years ago. The pictures had penguins and frogs waiting in line to use a shower. They were really cute and more than I wanted to pay, but I should have since it's been so long and I still think about them.

Annette said...

I love catalogs. I get catalogs. I have purchased from catalogs. In fact for some Christmas shopping in the past, I have done nearly all my shopping that way. It is a nice way to shop. They always have things I did not even realize I needed. And when I am finished they go into the recycling bin to be made into some of next years tempting catalogs.

Linda in MA said...

I love looking through the catalogs. I have gotten ideas for gifts through them. Some which I purchased through the catalog and some which I just made myself. Also plenty of things which go on my wishlist for myself.