I used to get tons of catalogs in my mailbox all the time. Harriet Carter, Lillian Vernon, Wireless, Newport News, Signals, etc. and there was always something I simply HAD to have. And there was always things I had to ask myself, "Who in their right mind would EVER want something like this?"
One of the best catalogs I ever got was called, "Ruby Montana's Pinto Pony" and it was full of Swell Stuff. Really. It said so on the cover, "Swell Stuff." I loved RMPP and one time, when I was up in Seattle, I had to stop in at her store and I actually met Ruby herself. I told her I came all the way from California just to visit her store and she was all, "That's great, you whackjob, get a life!" Ok, she didn't really say that but I know that's what she was thinking. I was sad when Ruby closed up shop.
I received a catalog in the mail the other day called, "As We Change" and it's aimed at women who are, oh, let's call us "Pre-and-Post Menopausal." And along with the clothing and undergarments and spa-type of things, there's some, how shall I put this, interesting items offered in this here catalog. Oh sure, they have fancy names for these items, like "Feminine Personal Trainer" and the "Kegelcisor" but we all know what they REALLY are. There's even some pyramid looking thing called "The Cone" that on one hand I'm dying to know how this thing works but on the other hand I'm not sure that I do because it looks pretty dang uncomfortable. And weird. And it's supposed to be for both men AND women and I'm all, "Uh, ok?"
I also got the Vermont Country Store catalog and talk about nostalgia. I saw a dozen things in there that I don't need but am simply itching to have and not one of them is a Kindle. I know, that's just crazy!
Speaking of books (books, Kindle = same thing), years ago (early 80's) I received a catalog from a bookseller I had never heard of. There were so many great books in that catalog that I never saw at my local bookstore. I thought I had died and gone to Book Heaven. And based on the number of books I ordered and the amount of money I spent, I'm pretty sure I'm responsible for Barnes & Noble's success today.
One of the things about ordering from a catalog is that you get put on mailing lists for other catalogs and sometimes, you get a catalog that comes in a plain brown paper wrapper and you have to hide it from the kids and when you do look at it you're all, "No WAY!" and wonder if people actually DO that kind of stuff and then you go to throw it away but then you worry that the trashman is going to see it and tell all the other trash guys that the people who live at my address