Today I would like to discuss the problem of catalogues. Does Pottery Barn really think that by sending me three catalogues a week I will order more? This week alone I received their regular Pottery Barn Catalogue, Pottery Barn Teen, Pottery Barn Baby & Child, and Pottery Barn Bed and Bath. I get that they want me to buy some Pottery Barn stuff but seriously, are four separate catalogues from one source really necessary? I’m actually a huge Pottery Barn fan who orders plenty from there, most of it online but only after perusing their catalog. In fact, I have an entire guest bedroom that was decorated with Pottery Barn furniture. Ordering from Pottery Barn is a sport around here. They could save money on advertising and just take pictures of my house but still, even I don’t need four catalogs in one week!
At any rate, I have to wonder at the sheer volume of the mail order industry in general. Obviously, we’ve already discussed how much my husband loves mail order. I mean, looking through the J. Crew and Territory Ahead catalogues are his biggest stress reliever, but today alone, I received a Pottery Barn, The Company Store and a Ballard Designs catalog in the mail. And that’s just today!
The sheer number of trees killed for this industry are incredible. My household alone receives about three different Restoration Hardware catalogs, a number of different Frontgate catalogs, Hanes, Title IX, Free People, Delia’s, Oriental Trading, Williams Sonoma, L.L. Bean, Patagonia and don’t even get me started on Victoria’s Secret. They are in a category all their own. They must know that I need some sort of serious frontal support because they send me a catalog about four times a week. I GET THE HINT!! Speaking of Victoria’s secret, obviously if I looked like those models I would have no problem wearing those sexy items, but that would be like trying to shove a hot dog into a straw: it’s just not happening. It’s like some sort of water torture having these beautiful women constantly showing up in my mailbox saying “You will never, ever look like this!” And they do show up. Almost every fucking day!
I spend more time bundling these catalogs up and shoving them in my recycling bin than I do on running my household, not that that’s much to compare to, but you get the point. Well, I feel better now sharing my dismay about the welfare of trees in the world due to the overabundance of catalogues.
I mean, I’m just saying ...