July 26, 2004

Buyer Beware


Man, I thought I was smart. I remember meeting with a registry consultant at Bloomingdale's last October and feeling so confident in my status as a modern groom. When I said we should hold off on registering for towels and bed linens - seasonal items that, way back in October, were likely to change by springtime - both L and the consultant in that back office in Bloomie's were impressed with my Martha-like understanding of housewares.

Would that I had been so careful when registering for our dishes at Crate & Barrel not too long after. Three weeks ago, while checking our registry list online, I noticed the following qualifier under the link for the sets of dishes and mugs we had registered for as our everyday place settings: "Limited quantites. Item is no longer available online." That was not good, especially since we had already received one of the sets a number of months ago and only needed two to finish it off.

We thought about returning the one set we had and registering for a new pattern, but it seemed impractical. If the store wasn't selling them anymore, would they take back a nearly six-month-old set of dishes? Even if we could return it, getting the set to the nearest Crate & Barrel in a cab would cost more than the plates, mugs and bowls were worth. In weddingland, where even choosing the right kind of paper for confetti can turn into a crisis worthy of U.N. intervention, this was a big problem.

But, every modern groom has to admit his mistakes and I took full responsibility for mine. I also took on the full task of figuring out what to do. Luckily, a visit to the retailer's 59th Street location proved fruitful as a friendly store associate was able to track down another two sets...in White Plains. I called the store and, using some of the money we received as a gift, arranged to have them shipped to Brooklyn. They arrived today, wrapped in copious amounts of packing paper. Taking the paper off of each one felt the same as opening some of the other gifts we've received, but I kept wondering...to whom do I write a thank-you note?

Posted by The Groom at July 26, 2004 07:15 PM

now you better make sure you don't break any!

Posted by: jt at July 27, 2004 08:40 AM

Love the pattern - nice job - good for both you and "L"

- another engaged "L"

Posted by: Lynsey at July 27, 2004 03:56 PM