Post # 1
Fiance and I have started putting together or registries at Bet Bath & Beyond and Macy’s. We’re finding, however, that we can’t find certain things, namely bed linens (which we need a lot of), at either of those stores. I know for a fact that Target has plenty of bed linens that we both love, as well as a fair few other things in other departments that we’d like to get there.
But is it gift-grabby to register at THREE stores? We don’t want to discontinue our Macy’s or Bed Bath & Beyond registries, as we’ve found things we love at both stores. But we really need bed linens and Target is the only place we’ve been able to find ones we like. Should we start a registry at Target for those items? I know Target discontinues items more often than we change our socks, so we wouldn’t start the registry there until right before the bridal shower, but still, I want to know if we should plan on doing that or not.
So what do you think: three small registries — gift-grabby or acceptable?
Post # 3
I think 2-3 registries is perfectly fine. 4+ is when it starts looking “grabby”.
I registered at the same 3 stores you are talking about: BBB, Macys, Target.
Post # 4
I think its OK, but I would be sure that you choose a high thread count. Target is a budget store and most of their stuff is made to reflect the prices so the quality isnt always the best and in the case with bed sheets means it will not wash well or be as soft.
So just a warning that you should choose both on quality and looks at Target.
Post # 5
I think it’s totally okay – those three sound like great options. But if it’s just linens you’re looking at, have you considered the Hotel Collection linens? My husband threw a fit about putting them on the registry (didn’t want our guests spending that kind of money), but now they’re one of his favorite gifts! Totally worth the money.
Post # 6
Personally I think that two is perfect, three is still fine though.
That being said, if your only reason would be the bed linnens I’m not sure that I would do it. I know from my wedding and from my friends weddings people just didn’t buy the bed stuff. I’m not really sure why. This might just be a fluke with all of ours but they didn’t. Just from our experience it may be something that you end up buying afterward anyway. If that is the case I would just wonder if it is was worth the trouble.
Post # 7
@lefeymw & @pengoala: Yep, we definitely are going to get high thread count sheets no matter where we get them from. We’re still sleeping on my 200-thread-count sandpaper sheets from college…yuck. We’re ready for an upgrade haha. I think the Hotel Collection has some of the nicest colors at Target anyway so that’s probably what we’ll do 🙂
@peacegrl099: There’s some other stuff we’ll get there too besides sheets, like some of their house decorate-y stuff, laundry room stuff, and some dining room stuff (place mats, table runners, etc.). Target’s decor styles are almost always right in line with our personal style for our house, so I’m sure we will have no problem filling up a decent registry there haha. We were trying to avoid it because of the horror stories we’ve heard about their registry system, and the fact that their stock overturns so much, but I just don’t think we’re going to be able to avoid it in the end.
Post # 8
We registered at three. I think it’s definitely acceptable.
Post # 9
I hope three isn’t too many, since that’s what we did!
Post # 10
I really like these sheets from Target: http://www.target.com/p/Target-Home-325-Thread-Count-Organic-Cotton-Sheet-Set/-/A-13516685
They actually feel softer than my other sheet set that I can’t remember the exact thread count but I know it’s over 500 (I’m thinking 600 or 650).
Post # 11
I prefer a 3 store registry when I’m invited. Sometimes you can get great deals with store charges and 0% financing + good sales/discounts and are able to purchase more, if desired. My cousin only registered at 2 stores, and there seriously wasn’t anything left to buy.
Post # 12
@Kant: Ahh okay that makes sense. The Hotel Collection at Macy’s is fantastic but is a little lacking in color choices (all neutral colors) – but boy, best sleep ever!
Post # 13
Also- the charter club damask sheets at Macy’s are AMAZING. I had to go back and change some stuff that Fiance and I chose in the store (most of it was clearanced & then some of it had terrible reviews online), but he was totally adamant on me NOT changing the sheets. He loved the feel of these. They are made of pima cotton, I think like 600 thread count. Pima cotton doesn’t wrinkle as bad, plus they are amazingly soft and come in a lot of colors. They have matching duvet covers, comorters, pillows, etc. I love the whole collection!
Post # 14
I’m registered at 3 places. One has most of the stuff and the other 2 has like 30 items or less on each of them. I like Kohl’s towels and stuff and I like some kitchen things from Macys. I think anymore than 4 is grabby OR having like 100 items on EACH registry is grabby possibly
Post # 15
We are doing 3 registries, at the same stores as you too OP! I thought it was a good balance of price points and stores that are in most regions.
Post # 16
We’re planning to register at eactly those same three — Macy’s, BBB and Target, with the possibility of Amazon as well. To counter the appearance of being “gift-grabby” — we’re having trouble deciding yet exactly what we’ll need to register for! But Amazon will allow us to add some things that aren’t traditional, but are very “us,” and which our friends will enjoy giving us. For instance, strategy board games are a traditional wedding gift in our circle of (geeky) friends.
Also — what keeps multiple registries from looking grabby, IMO, is having a nice range of price points on there. I’ve been a little shocked to read on WB at different points that folks regularly drop $150/$200 in cash and gifts for other people. Not only do I think that’s uncommon in my area…as a poor college and then grad student, I also have NEVER had that kind of spare scratch in my budget for gift-giving, especially after traveling, renting a hotel room, etc for an event. So having a bunch of smaller stuff that people can combine together to create a gift in their price range is very thoughtful. I’d rather have someone register for lots of stuff and have some options, than have to arrange to go in with other poor friends on one Williams-Sonoma stock pot (true story, y’all).