(Closed) Registry suggestions: A place to register for some atypical items?

posted 4 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Amazon

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Etiquette Snob here…

Ok, generally speaking, when it comes to Registries one should choose two different kinds (so you are on the right track).

So perhaps…

A Department Store & a Sporting Goods Store

A Kitchen Store & a Outdoors Store

A Linen Store & a Bookstore

etc.

In your particular situation, I’d propose Bed, Bath & Beyond and say a BIG Box Bookstore (many have a lot of what you are looking for… Cookbooks, Books, Music, even some Games)

Hope this helps,

PS… Confused about the whole Towel reference … BB&B have towels.

 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@CakeyP:  Amazon’s registry is great because you can add anything from any online store, it doesn’t have to be sold on Amazon. We have one, but we are still a couple months out from the shower so I can’t really say how it’s working yet.

My family does also use Amazon for Christmas wish lists though, and it always works out well. The only downside I have seen is that the prices on some items fluctuate a lot. I registered for an item that was $5 and when I went back to finish the registry it was $20! It only mattered to me on that particular item because I wasn’t picky about the brand so I switched to a cheaper one, but I don’t want to have to keep doing that!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@CakeyP:  Oh and if you only want two and one of yours is really small anyway, just put those items on the Amazon registry.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I’m using one registry at myregistry.com that has items from BBB, Amazon, REI, etc etc.  It’s great, you can add anything that’s available for sale online.  (AND you can add notes like you want!)  

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

myregistry.com

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@CakeyP:  Yes, I created one anyway.  I haven’t used it as in given it out to people.  It’s pretty much like using their wish lists.  Amazon is just great because they have everything, including a wide variety of books (with reviews), games, absolutely anything.  Amazon does have other stores sell through them, so in that sense you can also put those things on your Amazon registry.

I love Amazon, and since I have a Prime membership I get all 2-day shipping for free.  Last wedding we went to they had an Amazon registry and I ordered some cookbooks and other things off of it because I personally love to buy cookbooks.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

To @CakeyP:  Re – Towels

Towels (and sheets… and other linens & upholstered items) in the store are NEVER what they’ll be in real life after they are laundered. 

This is because if they are made of 100% cotton, they are technically “organic”.  As such they are sprayed / coated with a product that makes them deter mould & mildew… and other such things in transit (including attracting bugs).

This is WHY one should always wash such items BEFORE using them (and also why you’ll find upholstered items come with those stupid… DO NOT REMOVE TAGS… to prove they are new & have been treated by a registered manufacturer US / Canadian Manufacturer.  It is a HEALTH Requirement)

So if your Fiance is feeling Towels in a store, and saying they aren’t soft enough… it could be because he is comparing oranges to apples (towels at home which are nicely laundered = soft… and ones in the store that have been coated / sprayed = stiff)

My best suggestion…

1- Find out what “name brand” of Towels he likes… and find them again

(lol, this is my own proven method of finding a towel I like… I may buy a small hand-towel and see how it launders… then stick with the same brand name in the future)

2- OR go for quality Egyptian Cotton or Bamboo Towel.  And make the decision on whether you are sheared or looped towel lovers… as the feel of those / absorbency will be slightly different

Hope this helps,

PS… Towels should be washed in Warm to Hot Water (the latter is best for White Towels… altho some may shrink*), with plenty of water & soap.  And NOT with any other items in the load.. towels give off fibres (they are meant to) so they are the biggest culprits when it comes to pilling up other fabrics.  Dry them on a warm temp, and fold them while still warm.  Towels should be laundered every 7 to 10 days (at the most) because in addition to soaking up the water on you, they’ll also accummulate skin oils too.  Towels well taken care of should last a minimum of 5 years.

Fabric Softener might make your towels more cozy… but it builds up on the towels, and stops the “shedding” process.  So it will effect both the absorbency of the towel, as well as the life span overall.

* If you don’t like shrunken towels (what happens is “the band” puckers) then you can go with Warm Water and use Bleach (don’t recommend Javex) to keep them white.  I find that Tide Vivid White (the white lid does a good job).

And when White linens get really bad (discolour) I wash them alone (no other colours) in Laundry Soap and a dab of DiDi 7… it is a Whitener and does an amazing job on stuff.

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@This Time Round:  I just love this post about towels. I can’t wait to go out and buy some now 🙂

 

Seriously, my parents are the worst about buying low quality everything and using it for decades. Ever since I’ve been on my own I’ve been experimenting with higher quality textiles and there is nothing like it, I swear. People spend so much money on flashy things but are so miserly on intimate purchases. My ears are always open to be educated on this!

Edit: I highly recommend registering for things like this, especially if you’re not the type to spend on it for yourself. I’m not sure where the best place to register would be though. I wish Sheraton had a registry!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@CakeyP:  I LOVE Amazon registries.  That said, I’ve heard non-tech-savy people have trouble with them.  I buy so much stuff from Amazon that I can’t fathom not knowing how to use it, but if your family is pretty luddite that could be an issue.  Otherwise, it is seriously my favorite place for people to register. 

 

Just beware of things listed from third-party vendors (ie not Amazon.com) since those items can come and go sometimes.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @sablemuse:  Sheraton… as in Sheraton Hotels & Resorts (SPG / Starwood) ???

Like most Hotel Chains now they have Websites where they’ll sell you their line of Bed & Bath Products

http://www.sheraton-hotelsathome.com/index.aspx

You might not be able to Register for items, but you could certainly pass the word around, or use some of your Wedding Cash to buy some items.

Lol, Mr TTR & I travel a lot (we are semi-retired) and I have to admit I TOTALLY GET your passion for Hotel Bedding…

The Hotels have truly upped their game in recent years… there are some chains now where honest to goodness I have wanted to stay in bed all day, strictly because of the awesomeness of the cocoon and the silkiness of the sheets !!

The Sweet Dreams Bed by Hilton / DoubleTree – and The Heavenly Bed by Westin (also part of the SPG Group) come to mind for sure !!

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@This Time Round:  Yessss the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper! FI and I had one night of luxurious, sleep-once-your-head-hits-the-pillow never-want-to-get-out-of-bed bliss a couple of years ago and have been dreaming of that night since. I looked them up immediately and found them online, but we have been putting off purchasing one because of money/moving issues. I doubt we’ll get enough wedding cash to buy one but it would be nice 🙂 I would love to have the bedding too but I hate that they are all white!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

That’s funny . . .  I’m picky about towels and so now we have a Macy’s registry specifically picked up for the towels (apparently Macy’s Hotel Collection towels are the most amazing towels according to 80% of all blogs/reviews/posts on the internet? crazy. I’m suspicious so I only registered for a couple lol).

So originally we had BB&B and Amazon (and yes, I totally agree about wanting blurbs on BB&B – Amazon let’s you do this). I added the universal registry button for Amazon so that I could add used china, netflix, stuff that wasn’t on Amazon . . . (included the Macy’s towels). We were doing great until I wanted a bowl at Macy’s and found out they might give us some coupons for my FI’s suit, so I ended up opening up a Macys registry with only a few things on it so we might get some of the perks. Everything was good with the three registeries. 

Recently we started getting gifts (or at least, I started buying things off the Amazon registry that I could no longer wait for -my frying pan was bust) . . and it’s amazing but they must pawn off the worst stuff on wedding registry purchases. I’d say 60% of the stuff that came is low quality/defective. I buy a lot of stuff online and rarely have problems, but it’s been insane! I hate returning stuff by mail, so this week I moved everything off Amazon that I could to the BB&B and Macy registries just for ease of returning to a store (plus Amazon has no perks). I still have the stuff that’s worth it on Amazon, but that Foodsaver definitely got moved to BB&B where they will replace it if it’s broken! Geez. Why do people pack the crappy plates for a registry??

That’s my experience. Hope it helps.

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