Overturning the Home-Improvement-Store-Registry Conundrum (or Trying to Anyway)

After we got engaged, but before we starting talking about registering, we just knew there was one place that we couldn’t wait to tackle head on with a scanning gun: Lowe’s.

Being a bad modern couple who bought their house prior to tying the knot, we frequent home-improvement stores on the weekends and get lost in them—and lost from each other—as we gaze at paint, tools, planters, electrical boxes, sheet rock, and gardening supplies.

We were giddy with the excitement of unwrapping things that we desperately need as we hammer, revamp, and refinish our way through our adorable 1950s dream house.

Well…as many of you bees know, Lowe’s and Home Depot both discontinued their registries to the disappointment and outrage of brides- and grooms-to-be across the country. Trust me. Just Google “Lowe’s” and “registry.”

After digging and digging, I wound up finding this:


Image Via Home Depot Online

So…in the year 2011, Home Depot conveniently allows lovers of home improvement to register in store. Nothing will show up online, nothing anywhere—well, except for in that brick and mortar building. I checked with HD Headquarters, and they told me that they do old school registries in store.

Well! That’s better than nothing, and off to our local Home Depot we went.

The service desk was more than friendly handing me their registry sheet and a pen—no scanner guns here—and we could run through the store pen in hand, registering for anything we wanted.

Being a little obsessed with gift giving, I just knew that guests would want to log on to see the goods to know if it was worth the trip to the home-improvement mecca because…what the heck did we really want there anyway?

Enter Blogger.com.

We set up a Blogger account, took pics along the way through the big aisles and yards of lumber (including pics of our handwritten registry to get the sku numbers), and made sure to include the link to our finished makeshift Home Depot online registry in the shower invites.


We wrote a little welcome letter and explained to visitors that Home Depot doesn’t have an online registry, but we are registered at our local [insert town name] Home Depot. And then we included pics and sku numbers. The girl at the service desk suggested to do it this way since it is the same in all Home Depot stores. If guests go to a different location, they just call the local store and get it crossed off our registry. I promise it’s worded a lot more simply (see above!).

Now I don’t really know how this is going to work out. I’m not sure if we are going to get four mailboxes and 12 smokers. (Imagine all the waistline damage I could do with that!) I guess its a roll of the dice.

We are also registered at Target and Kohl’s, but we just had to give the Home Depot registry a try because there were some things that we just really, really wanted at our favorite home store!

Well, you may be thinking, what the heck did we really want there anyway??


We can picture this cooler on the deck we make after our wedding. Next summer we will be hanging out, cold beers in hand, thinking how clever we were to register this way (fingers crossed)!


I’ve wanted a smoker for as long as I could remember but never bought one. Now is the perfect opportunity to get one!


We desperately need a fan once we redo the kitchen. Mr. Sweet Cream hates the way the kitchen heats up with all the baking and cooking I do!


A shower head? Trellises that I will use to plant climbing roses? We need these things!

We also registered for a bird feeder, wood chips (for the to-die-for smoker), a tree trimmer, a bedroom ceiling fan, a mailbox, and a pressure washer, to name a few. Keep your fingers crossed that this runs as smoothly as I first imagined when I jumped for joy in front of Mr. Sweet Cream, telling him my devious master plan to overturn the home-improvement-store-registry conundrum.

I can’t wait to share with you how it goes down.

Is there somewhere that you are dying to register that just doesn’t have a registry? If you could take a magical little gun into any store with you to register, which one would it be?

*All pics are from our Blogger.com registry unless otherwise noted.


Miss Sweet Cream

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    stephbonthego 710 posts, Busy bee @ 3:17 pm

    I <3 Lowe’s!! What a great idea

    @Season: Thanks for the site tip.

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    Sarah, Guest @ 11:22 am

    We registered for some home improvement stuff on Amazon 🙂 Great prices!

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