Post # 1
first, i will give you a little background on FH and myself.
we do not live together and will not live together until we are married. That being said, we do not have anything to furnish an apartment with.
We are going to register at the nearest target or walmart (we’re not into high price items such as jc penny or places like that) for the bridal shower and for people who just want to get us a gift BUT what we would really rather have is money towards big furniture. like a bedroom set and couch.
now, i know most people aren’t going to give large amounts and that’s ok…if someone was thinking about purchasing us a $15 coffee maker, we’d rather have that $15 towards the other stuff. and i know it is extremely against etiquette to ask straight up for cash.
our entire guest list is very close friends and family. so were just going to pass on by word of mouth that this is what we wanted to do. but if there were a more “conventional” way to do it..like paypal or soemthing like that, i would rather go that route.
i was reading another bees post about how they set something up with paypal so people could just put their “gift” into that…how does something like that work?
we just know that it would be much easier for us to go out and buy all the small things if/when we needed it…
What’dya say bees? any idea how to go about this?
Post # 3
You should set up a honeyfund. I think it’s typically thought of for the honeymoon but you could put anything on there. You would list the couch and then say you need 10 of item at $25 increments. It gives people the impression that they are buying a gift (which lots of people like) but it just deposits cash into your paypal account.
Post # 4
@Talishazwi: could you tell em how to do this?
Post # 5
@cllyons:It was actually really easy to do just by following the directions on the site. They show you an example.
Post # 6
A couch is a “big ticket” item, but it wouldn’t be too crazy to put a couch on the registry, would it? Worst case scenario, no one buys it for you. Best case scenario, ten people go in together and get you a goshdarn couch!
Post # 7
I think your “word of mouth” plan is a good idea. That way, you’re not “offending” anyone by putting it on your invites/registry, but those closest to you (who want to get you what you actually want) will have that option. You’d be surprised with your closest guests…they might just go in together to buy you a couch! LOL
Post # 8
I don’t know about local furniture stores there but where we used to live, some of them had registries that people could donate to.
Post # 9
http://www.depositagift.com is a great registry that you can use for anything from a coffee maker to multiple people helping you get furniture or even a down payment on a house! It’s an easy to use site and you can add your story and personal info to the site. It’s working great for us!
Post # 10
I recently signed up for a Wish registry at UponOurStar.com. Instead of asking for cash, we were able to ask for our most meaningful wishes to be granted — we asked for things we need in our dream home (this fixer upper won’t fix itself!!) and even a few fun things like fancy restaurants and a couple fun honeymoon excursions! We received rave reviews from friends who say they love the idea of giving meaningful gifts instead of just *stuff* they know we probably don’t need …. and we really love the fact that we get cash in our bank account without being blatant about it!
I highly recommend looking into the “other” registry, it sounds like it might fit for your situation!