Saturday, September 30, 2006

Harriet Carter

All right, which one of you jackasses signed me up to get the Harriet Carter catalog? Because I got it in the mail a couple days ago, and it wasn't addressed to "Resident." It was addressed to me. How did they get my address?

Harriet Carter is the largest purveyor of useless junk on the planet. It even surpasses Oriental Trading Company for the amount of things in one catalog that a person doesn't need (at least OTC supplies party favors, which are inherently disposable - HC stuff is supposed to last). Take, for instance, this "hair umbrella." This is so you can get a haircut at home and the hair won't go all over the floor or down your neck. I think it looks like a man pot pie. How do you suppose this guy got the gig modeling the hair umbrella? I bet his agent got fired after this one.

Or how about this tiki face tissue dispenser? What genius thought this up? I think Harriet Carter might be the home for ill inventions - you know, you send away for that patent kit and your brilliant item ends up on page 86 - but at least you got some media coverage.

Harriet Carter - C- (points awarded for the hours of amusement I can get flipping through the catalog)

5 comments:

equippedtofascinate said...

I wish I had been the one to sign you up for this, but I wasn't. I could use the hair cut thingy. I hate when hair falls down my neck. My birthday is coming up...

bethro said...

i am so glad you posted on this. I've gotten this catalog before and I sit at home and get cracked up over the stuff in it.

queenb2u said...

I love catalogs, but yuck and double yuck to Harriet Carter. I didn't do it!

Erin said...

Actually, my friend Greg has the tissue dispenser and LOVES it - he thinks it's hilarious. I think it was a gift from his students. Now I know where to shop for him! (although I agree it's not the decorating statement I would choose to make...)

Bonnie said...

My step-dad bought me that Tiki kleenex thing for my birthday last year.