Post # 1
So, FI and are HUGE foodies. But…we are POOR huge foodies! 🙂 (I’m starting my own business as a makeup artist and FI is a teacher..yeah..the dough is ROLLING in here!) Therefore we have never been able to afford Williams Sonoma. I have heard that WS is a good place for people like us to register. However, looking on their website and cross refrencing to the BBB website, I can’t help but notice that BBB has just about everything WS has, but for less money. Like, the knife sets, and cooking sets, and electronic kitchen stuff, and, and, etc…
So, my question. For those of you who registered at both WS and BBB, what did you register for at which place? What was worth registering at one place that the other either didn’t have or didn’t have something as good quality as the other? (I’m not sure that sentence made much sense…but I think you get my point)
Post # 3
I registered at Williams Sonoma rather than BBB because the quality of the things I want are better. I want my wedding gifts to last. My mom has things that she got as wedding gifts that still work great 30 years later! I want that too, so I’m going quality for my registry (and some cheaper things as well for those on a budget)
Post # 4
Eh…WS has pricier items and some things that are hard to find elsewhere, but not enough for me to choose them over BBB.
Unless all you’re registering for is cookware and kitchen items, BBB has much more of a variety, making it easier on guests to not have to registry hop. I hate having to go back and forth when someone has 4 registries!
Post # 5
I think that WS has better quality products for the most part! The BBB items are not normally quite as well made unless they have the exact same item like a Kitchen Aid mixer. (If you don’t have one… put it on your registry!) The other thing that I would do is register at a department store. I don’t tend to think of WS or BBB as a department store, but I know that Macy’s, and Dillard’s and Belk would have better quality items. I also wouldn’t worry about having the same item on more than one registry, just plan on being proactive about updating the registries. So if you get a mixer you don’t get two! Because there are going to be some guests who will only shop at one store because the others are not available!
Post # 6
They have the most awesome popsicle maker ever…
Zoku Quick Pop Maker
Post # 7
“I registered at Williams Sonoma rather than BBB because the quality of the things I want are better.”
What things did you register for that BBB didn’t have good quality of? (I know both stores carry good knife brands like Shun and Wusthof. They both carry nice pots and pans like All-Clad, Le Creuset, and Calphalon. They both carry Kitchenaid. Etc.)
Post # 8
It’s just preference. That’s it. They both carry similar items as abbyful stated.
Post # 9
They DO have the same stuff. Sometimes the exact same xxx (blender, toaster, etc..) but WS has it for a higher price than BBB. Plus, with BBB I know people can use those 20% off coupons tha come in the mail. We did a BBB registry and an Amazon registry so that we could add random WS/CB/Target/etc. stuff to that. (And we’re major foodies too 😉
Post # 10
haha, interesting. Now I’m even more confussed. Are the exact same items made better if they are sold at WS?
Post # 11
WS has the composter I want… But besides that, they have a lot of the same products. And I think a lot of people have already signed up for the BBB coupons. I know some people don’t like looking at multiple registries, but I say register at both. And just price compare on what you want.
Post # 12
WS definitley has better quality. BBB stuff tends to fall apart, rust, and break in my experience. 🙁
A tip: If you register for baking pans at WS go for the gold touch or make sure not to put the regular ones in the dishwasher. 🙂
Post # 13
While there is some overlap in the products they carry, seems like generally BBB carries more basic things and WS carries more specialized things for people who already own “starter” dishes, cookware, etc.
Post # 14
so would you guys recommend registering for cookware and other kitchen things at WS since they are ‘better quality’ and then either a department store or BBB (which do you think is better?) for bedding, bath, and other homewares?
Post # 15
“so would you guys recommend registering for cookware and other kitchen things at WS since they are ‘better quality’ and then either a department store or BBB”
My advice is to judge by brand/line, not by store.
All-Clad is All-Clad. Shun is Shun. It doesn’t matter if they come from WS, BBB, Macy’s, etc.
Just know the quality brands (and quality products within the brands, for example, Wusthof has some lesser-quality knives that are carried in some stores to appeal to a wider base of consumers that won’t spend $150+ on a knife), but if you research the products and know which brands and lines within brands are the higher and lower quality, that’s what matters.
Post # 16
@abbyful: that makes sense. I guess i was wondering if all the BBB brands that WS also carried were lesser-quality versions?
this whole registering thing is so confussing! 🙂