Just a quick note to make others aware of a great site I came across after reading a recent Real Simple magazine: catalogchoice.org
If your household is anything like mine, you get ten bazillion catalogs in the mail each day and don't look at any of them. After I buy baby gifts for friends, or some new skin potion online, or a wedding present for someone, I start getting the catalog of the vendor/store in the mail. it's the worst... it makes me feel guilty for inadvertently killing trees!
So that is why I jumped at the chance to stop the catalog insanity with catalogchoice.org. You register with the site, and then each time a catalog comes that you don't want, you look it up on the site and hit "decline" and then within 10 weeks it should stop coming to you. I just did 2 Crate and Barrels, 1 Pottery Barn and 1 Williams-Sonoma today alone. I enter in the customer number on the back, too, just to be SURE they get me out of their system.
While it takes a few minutes of effort each time a catalog comes, in the long run I know it will be worth it. And I also check the "I'd like to help the environment" choice at the end of the process (you don't have to select anything, though) just to help get the message through to these printers that they need to get with the times! I found all of the stuff I've bought from these places without a catalog...why do they keep thinking it's going to help get me to buy more if they barrage my mailbox with mounds of paper?!?!
I hope some of you find the site useful...