November 17, 2003

A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

L and I decided to buck the trend just a little by registering at a local housewares and design store. We had, of course, already gone to Bloomingdale's and Williams-Sonoma, but decided that we also wanted to do something unique. A mixer is a mixer is a mixer no matter where you buy it, but we wanted to avoid sticking to chain stores if at all possible. As my sister commented in her endorsement of the idea, we don't want people leaving our home thirty years from now saying "Their house is nice, but it is so Pottery Barn 2003." Yes, these are the gut-wrenching considerations one must make when getting married.

So we woke up bright and early on Saturday morning and headed down to Living on Seventh. The owner, a small woman named Eva with platinum-frosted hair, met us one hour before the store's normal opening time. With some classic Ella Fitzgerald playing over the store's stereo system, Eva showed us around, answered our questions and made some helpful suggestions. There was no scanning gun, just a short German woman with a pad and paper, ready to write down our picks.

We were in and out in less than one hour, able to make our choices before Eva had to open the store to her regular customers. It was an altogether pleasant experience, as the peaceful surroundings helped ward off the shopping fatigue so common when navigating crowded department stores. Of course, the entire endeavor was very early 1990s, as our list will not be available online. But there was something much more satisfying in dealing with an actual person and not feeling like I was feeding some giant and impersonal wedding industry. Danke schoen, Eva.

Posted by The Groom at November 17, 2003 10:46 AM

What an original, smart way NOT to get presents. Unless of course you were hoping for a random collection of ceramic fruit bowls and casserole dishes from 40 different non-refundable places of your guests' choice. Cause that's what you'll get for registering at a place that is a) not accessible to anyone -- or rather, anyone with money (i.e., your parents friends who live in Boston and Milwaukee!) and b) not available online for the rest of us who are lazy!

This is, however, a BRILLIANT strategy for ensuring lots of checks! So well done!

Posted by: Amy at November 20, 2003 03:09 PM

If you take Amy's advice, you'll end up with a living room filled with $120 corkscrews and four types of mixers.

Posted by: Adam at November 22, 2003 12:18 AM