Is that a register I hear? No, no, no. It’s just the Libraries filling out their registries! True, the scanners didn’t make a cha-ching sound, it was more like a high pitched beep from the one at Target, but it would have been very appropriate if they did.
When it came to starting our registries, I showed no shame and wasted no time. Mother Library thought I was nuts. I think it took us the first week of engagement to decide where to register and we were off! Of course, with two and a quarter years of engagement staring us in the face, there wasn’t much we could add to them besides basics that would never get discontinued, like backing sheets. Not so exciting, but it was a start.
A few months ago, I began to really rummage through Crate and Barrel and Target‘s websites to see what was available. I. Was. Floored. There were so many options for dish patterns, towel colors, even types of spatulas. How did I know what to pick? I knew some brand names and stuck to those, but I don’t pretend to be the expert when it comes to kitchen electronics. If I see something on Top Chef, I’ll be able to tell you how to use it, but I can’t say what brand is the best. I just kind of flung up my hands, read the reviews, and called it good. It became my tradition to work on adding to the registries when I was on the train between Maine and Massachusetts to visit Beck during summer vacation. I would have him on constant alert when I added something new, and we would add to what we wanted/needed together.
Mr. Library had voiced some interest in using the registry guns (really, who wouldn’t want to? They are so much fun! ), so we made a plan that while he was available during winter break, we would go to the stores and see what was to be had. Seeing objects in person can make such a difference. Saying something is three inches tall means nothing to me; I want to see it! Our opportunity came when Mr. Library had to work on one of his theatrical productions on his birthday, which meant that we would be near a Crate and Barrel!
We had success! Well, kind of. Instead being as excited as we were, the saleswomen looked at us and repeated a few times that this store was closing in a few weeks and that their inventory wasn’t what we would “really need” for a wedding registry. Meh. Whatevs. Give us the gun and let’s get to it! We ended up walking around, scanning things, for about an hour. We found different pieces we already had on the list and a few more to add. No stress, no hair pulling, no pouty faces to make one of us agree. We totally had this wrapped up.
A few days later, we did the same thing at Target in Portland. We ended up changing our towel colors (someone should label the turquoise towels as SUPER BRIGHT! on the website just to make people aware) to something a little more calming, added a couple kitchen appliances, and called it good. And I think we’re done. We are awesome.
Have you registered yet? What has your experience been?