Catalogues are my favorite trashy reading material. There I am at breakfast, poring over items I’ll never buy. I peruse Dover, L. L. Bean, Writing Festival catalogues (yes, I might want to take Marilyn Abilkdskov’s class, The Messy Self: Advanced Memoir”), Harry & David, and Fingerhut, which offers gadgets ranging from cameras to “electric guitar kits” to “Ninja Master Preps” to Candie wedge sandals.. The Fingerhut cover informs me, “This Could Be Your Final Catalogue!”
The Affordable Mail Alliance, which represents catalogues, magazines, non-profits and corporations, is protesting the Post Office’s recommendation of an 8 percent price increae, now under consideration by the Postal Regulatory Commission. It says the new prices will make the price of mailing catalogues prohibitive.
Personally, I love the U.S. mail but am sorry to think they’re raising prices. And I do love my catalogues. Heavens, print is superior to online! I have gleaned hours of amusement from catalogues, and was especially pleased to receive the Nordstrom catalogue the other day. This upscale department store offers many fashionable clothes I would never dream of wearing, though I realize they are conservative by urban standards (we’re kind of urban, but hardly at all). You have to keep in mind that I like Nordstrom but NEVER go to the mall except to visit the genius bar at the Mac store, never see anybody wearing tight faux leather miniskirts, or carrying $1,000 handbags. The people I see at the grocery store, library, cafes, and, yes, the Shakespeare festivals are casually dressed. Some of them are even wearing bicycle helmets.
One thing I like about the Nordstrom catalogue is the way accessories are prominently featured at the front instead of hidden in the middle or the back. I love handbags, shoes, hats, watches, etc. But I ask you: Who is going to buy the Jimmy Choo leopard-print haircalf leather purse ($1.995)? It’s hideous.
And wouldn’t it be difficult to don the Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee lace-up “ultrasuede” “workit” boots ($595)? I just can’t see the appeal of stuffing my legs into these suede thing and taking them off without the help of the servants (ha, ha!).
Now here is a purse I’d actually like, the Marc Jacobs quilted shopper. But why is it $1,295?
The Robbi & Nikki black feather miniskirt (click on link for picture) ($264) is, well, just silly. Where do you wear it exactly? Again, it’s a hooker style, though the leopard-print purse above wouldn’t go with it!
Now there are some very nice items in the online catalogue, but very little in the print catalogue (aside from cardigan sweaters and some jackets) that I like. High fashion is not for me. Oh, well.
But the catalogues are so much fun!