Too Many Toasters

I mean, say you want to register for a toaster. You go to the Bed Bath & Beyond site and look up toasters—and get this.

Toaster

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Four pages of toasters—and with 15 on each page that’s over 45 toasters. For people who have really specific tastes, this is probably awesome. Lots of choices! Customize your toaster! Heck, if you want you can get this toaster at $339.99.

Toaster

Image via Bed Bath & Beyond

Not only does this toaster have four extra-wide slots and an insulated stainless steel body, it has an auto shutoff and apparently a bell that rings when the toast is done.

To be honest, I was just looking for a toaster that, you know, toasts bread. Like you put the bread in and a few minutes later it pops out warm and browned?

Obviously, this was just an example. I could have proven my point with cookie sheets or blenders—and don’t even get me started on flatware. There are just so many options! I know how to cook and actually enjoy cooking, but up until now I’ve either cooked out of my mom’s kitchen or out of my fully equipped kitchen in my furnished apartment. I didn’t have a brand preference and really had no idea what I even needed. Basically, I was overwhelmed.

I started with bridal registry checklists from sites like The Knot, Real Simple, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Although I definitely don’t agree with all the items on these checklists—ahem, I’ve never heard of anyone registering for a snow blower before?—it gave me a good starting point. I was able to look through the items and come up with basics of things we needed. It was easy to see “Oh, I need to register for a vegetable peeler, ice cream scoop, etc.” while disregarding the things I wasn’t interested in—such as a bar cart or patio furniture.

So I have a basic registry, but just like Miss Mongoose talked about last week—how do you know how many items to put on? Is it really two per guest?

I know we need to add at least a few more items. Right now we have basic kitchen utensils, cookware, etc. But tell me: Is there anything else we need to have? What do you use most in your kitchen? Anything you didn’t register for that you wished you had? What about the other way around?

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Mrs. Lemur

Location:
Greenville, South Carolina
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    brooklyn55 743 posts, Busy bee @ 10:30 am

    I have struggled with the registry. Mainly because my fiance and I are sort of in limbo after we get married. We will be living in a furnished apartment for no more than 4 months. Then we plan on moving (hes a teacher so we plan to move after the school year ends in June). Its hard to know what you are going to need for a new place when you don’t even know what that place is. The other problem is we have a TON of stuff. His mom is one of those who upgrades everything ALL THE TIME. Thanks for her we have really nice dishes, brand new casserole bakeware, multiple crock pots, pots and pans and all this stuff looks brand new because its at my fiances apartment and he never cooks. We also somehow ended up with a brand new dyson vacuum. When I started registering the only thing I could think of that we needed was new bakeware (cookie sheets, muffin sheets), desperate need of towels (we have a bunch of worn out mismatched towels), kitchen towels, flatware and drinking cups (again, ours are mismatched). We also need new bedding for both our king bed and the queen we will put in the spare room (but again this furniture will be in storage until June) and i’d like to know what our place is before we decide on something. I probably only have about 35 items on my 2 registries (Belks and Target). We are inviting 187 guests. Most of my items are getting purchased because I am having a shower in 2 weeks with around 30 guests. I am having our families spread that we prefer gift cards or cash since we don’t have a lot of room to store stuff (which is true) but we know we need to have the option available. I may just register for random stuff at Target and if it doesn’t work, Target has an easy return policy!

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 10:39 am

    I agree with Wallaby, don’t put anything on your registry that some person or some list tells you to buy just because! We made sure that every item on our registry has a specific usefulness. Interestingly enough, this is why we did not register for patterned fine china (instead we just registered for a nice set of matching dishware).

    Mr. M and I are just not the fine china type of couple. Now maybe sometime down the line we’ll see that we do need it but at that point who knows what our tastes/decor may be like in the future? I’d rather wait for something like that to see if I’ll actually use it.

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    ghiagirl893 347 posts, Helper bee @ 10:40 am

    They have way too many options! That is, for everything but sewing machines.

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    ItalianTraveler 57 posts, Worker bee @ 2:40 pm

    Forget things besides kitchen items!!! You still needs sheets for your bed, bath towels for getting out of the shower (extra if you ever plan on having guest), and other things around the house. Its amazing the little things you don’t realize you need and could register for. Picture frames for all your wedding photos you plan to display?? Put them on your registry! Decorational items like baskets and shelves?? Put them on your registry!! I registered for a TON of kitchen stuff, and really, I think it was all the other things I needed the most and loved when I got them.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:06 pm

    Mr. P used to have a toaster/microwave combo and it rocked, but he said he wouldn’t buy one again because if one part goes out, you need to replace two things. Just putting that out there.
    I say register for quality things, you’ll use them all the time and they will last years!

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 7:02 pm

    @futuresoccerwife: I had the hardest time with flatware! I put one on my registry, saw it in person and decided it was too cheap (even though I hate putting expensive flatware on), upgraded, took it off, couldn’t decide… I too wasn’t happy with Bed, Bath, & Beyond’s flatware!

    @Brooklyn55: That’s so awesome that you have all of that stuff! My mother-in-law is graciously giving me a lot too. She also loves Pampered Chef so she put in a huge order. So excited to get it :) I also feel you on the not knowing where you’ll be living thing… ours is so up in the air. Mr. Lemur just got a full-time job last week so at least we know the city we’ll be living in. I still need a job and to finish school and to move 800 miles though ;)

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 7:06 pm

    @Miss Mongoose: We didn’t register for fine china either, although I did register for nice dishes. Although they’re not “fancy,” they’re definitely great quality and simple enough to use with anything! I figure later in life I can have two sets of dishes :)

    @ghiagirl893: The options are so overwhelming! Although I can’t say I looked for a sewing machine so I have no idea about that :)

    @ItalianTraveler: I did register for nice sheets for our bed (two pairs) and plenty of towels! I didn’t think about registering for extra little things (although I still can) but we did get some sweet decorative items that weren’t even on our registry at my first bridal shower.

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 7:09 pm

    @Mrs. Pony: Good thought! I’m also pretty sure the apartment we’re looking at moving into already has a microwave. Although I know not all places do :) I wanted to go with good quality without being over the top expensive, you know?

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    ender1687, Guest @ 6:45 pm

    A salad spinner is for when you are putting together a salad from a head or heart of lettuce or greens. You need to wash and dry the leaves to get rid of dirt or pesticides. A salad spinner has three parts: a basket that spins, a knob or plunger, and the outer bin. You put the wet lettuce in the basket, spin the basket with the knob with the knob, and the water is forced out of the basket into the bin and your salad is dry!

    You could also buy prewashed, precut salad, or dry lettuce with paper towels, but the salad spinner is what you can use if you don’t want to do those.

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