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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:36 PM

Starting the holidays off with a good, solid LOL. The Hater's Guide to the Wm-Sonoma Catalog.

Best combination of lust, envy, dismissive snark and sheer confusion I've seen in a while. I might just send this as my Holiday Greeting this year.

http://deadspin.com/5959212/the-haters-guide-to-the-williams+sonoma-catalog

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Reply Starting the holidays off with a good, solid LOL. The Hater's Guide to the Wm-Sonoma Catalog. (Original post)
nolabear Nov 2012 OP
Sekhmets Daughter Nov 2012 #1
nolabear Nov 2012 #11
Sekhmets Daughter Nov 2012 #17
Cleita Nov 2012 #2
DevonRex Nov 2012 #5
Cleita Nov 2012 #8
Squinch Nov 2012 #29
sharp_stick Nov 2012 #3
struggle4progress Nov 2012 #4
justabob Nov 2012 #6
Sheldon Cooper Nov 2012 #7
nolabear Nov 2012 #14
Hekate Nov 2012 #34
monmouth3 Nov 2012 #9
stuntcat Nov 2012 #10
susanna Nov 2012 #49
reformist2 Nov 2012 #12
reformist2 Nov 2012 #13
rrneck Nov 2012 #28
Greybnk48 Nov 2012 #15
nolabear Nov 2012 #39
msanthrope Nov 2012 #16
Buns_of_Fire Nov 2012 #18
rox63 Nov 2012 #19
Butterbean Nov 2012 #20
Stinky The Clown Nov 2012 #21
larocks4552s Nov 2012 #22
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #25
SpartanDem Nov 2012 #23
Shampoobra Nov 2012 #24
nolabear Nov 2012 #40
obamanut2012 Nov 2012 #26
slackmaster Nov 2012 #27
dlwickham Nov 2012 #30
silverweb Nov 2012 #31
MynameisBlarney Nov 2012 #32
11 Bravo Nov 2012 #33
JimDandy Nov 2012 #35
azurnoir Nov 2012 #36
Happyhippychick Nov 2012 #37
nolabear Nov 2012 #41
beac Nov 2012 #38
mulsh Nov 2012 #42
CakeGrrl Nov 2012 #43
mrsadm Nov 2012 #44
DemoTex Nov 2012 #45
Hekate Nov 2012 #46
Danascot Nov 2012 #47
Romulox Nov 2012 #48
littlemissmartypants Nov 2012 #50

Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:45 PM

1. I happen to love Williams Sonoma...

my children knew any trip to the mall was going to include a look-see into Wm-Sonoma. Today they know that they can always find something there I would love to have.... Oh yeah, I own the Ebelskiver mini pancake pan...they are used to make filled pancakes. The filling can be something as easy as Nutella or homemade fruit compote....Quite delicious!

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:10 PM

11. Know what...so do I. LOL!! But it is a bastion of stuff that is cool but never gets used.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #11)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:38 PM

17. LOL... I have a few things I don't use much anymore...

but that's because I'm on my own these days...

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:48 PM

2. Thanks for the laugh.

The good news is, if that stuff really appeals to you, you can find it at the Goodwill or a yard sale near you for a tenth of the catalog price.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:51 PM

5. Haha! The chicken coop!!! And the candy!!!

That's exactly how I react.

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Response to DevonRex (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:03 PM

8. That chicken coop would fall to a pack coyotes in no time.

My son-in-law built a chicken coop that is every bit as cute and it's coyote and chicken hawk proof. He did it for $50.

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Response to DevonRex (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:26 PM

29. The hamper for the dirty cheese!

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:50 PM

3. Thanks

that was a great laugh. Oh but the Hungarians are known for their sacks... and $160 to have a chicken drawn on your coop WTF? Are some people worried the neighbors will think that smelly little thing is a playhouse for the kiddies?

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:51 PM

4. Item #02-6818686 Waffle batter dispenser

Williams-Sonoma says: "Measures out uniform circles in three sizes."

Price:$29.95

Notes from Drew: How about a spoon? How about you use a fucking spoon to dole out your waffle batter? The waffle iron itself tells you when it's had enough batter. If you overload it because you're a fat greedy pig, the batter spills off the side. You don't need a dispenser ...

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:55 PM

6. in the comments

How much is the attachment that allows the uniform circle of waffle batter to fit into the square waffle maker shown in the catalog?


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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:57 PM

7. WHERE ARE THE GODDAMN POTATO GLOVES???!!!



Edited to add: I really like this chicken coop. If I were going to keep chickens I might consider buying this. I sure as hell wouldn't know how to build one, plus for an extra $150 you get the painted chicken on the front!

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Response to Sheldon Cooper (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:13 PM

14. Wm Carlos Williams-Sonoma

So much depends
upon a custom wheelbarrow
glazed with lavender water
beside the designer chickencoop.



You're right. It is kinda cool. But I'd advocate for a coyoteproof fence. And I think I know why the chickens are laughing.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #14)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:53 PM

34. Oh! Oh! You bad!!!!!!

English majors gonna get you!

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:05 PM

9. I have not laughed this long or hard since...Well J. McCain..LOL...n/t

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:06 PM

10. my fave is $72 for 24 BISCUITS

SEVENTY-TWO DOLLARS.. for a "set of" TWENTY-FOUR BISCUITS

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Response to stuntcat (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:49 AM

49. Best from that one...

"Even the best goddamn biscuit in the world isn't $72 better than a Popeye's biscuit."

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:10 PM

12. I'm guessing this is a company very much against tax increases for the rich?

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:13 PM

13. ZOMG... they have chicken coops for sale. For $759.

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Response to reformist2 (Reply #13)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:21 PM

28. I've built an 8x8x8 plywood coop with a tin roof

on 4x4's for shade beneath for $1000.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:25 PM

15. This is a riot!

I saw this on facebook, but it never gets old.

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Response to Greybnk48 (Reply #15)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:59 PM

39. That's where I originally saw it too. I'm still laughing.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:29 PM

16. Rimming Sugar???? Oh, I think I found a great gift for my Mom!!! nt

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:50 PM

18. Still no Turnip Twaddlers, I see.

Must I go through another year of eating untwaddled turnips?

Opus? Get your undocumented ass in here RIGHT NOW!

(My apologies to Berke Breathed. )

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:00 PM

19. That was hilarious n/t

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:00 PM

20. OMFG, I am dying. Must forward.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:05 PM

21. That is hilarious!

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:06 PM

22. funniest stuff I've read in a while

 

Thanks for posting this

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Response to larocks4552s (Reply #22)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:09 PM

25. Welcome to DU!

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:07 PM

23. Redneck monk fruitcake?

LOL I'll have to be sure to order two, one with and without meth

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:09 PM

24. Item #02-375097 Holiday Chocolate Sampler

OH HOLY FUCK THAT SOUNDS GOOD. Look at the picture of all those items stacked on top of each other. I bet it took the food stylist four hours to get the caramel to drip just so. And there are little bits of toffee crumbles on the bottom and GOD I WANT THIS. Now I get how Williams-Sonoma lures you in. Just one taste of peppermint bark and suddenly your budget is screwed for life. This is the kind of thing I would buy for a co-worker only to eat myself and then give my co-worker nothing. Listen to the description of whammies: "Pretzel topped with peanut nougat and salted caramel, wrapped in milk chocolaŚ" (rips out own tongue). I want that in my body.

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Response to Shampoobra (Reply #24)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:00 PM

40. That was the one that made me decide to post it. I was in hysterics!

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:11 PM

26. I love Williams-Sonoma

And always treat myself to a few smaller goodies throughout the year.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:12 PM

27. We have a Breville programmable espresso maker with integrated burr grinder at my office

 

It looks exactly like the one pictured. I don't have a clue how to operate it. One guy who is a true java head is the master of the espresso machine.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:29 PM

30. I love W-S

sure it's overpriced but it has so many neat little gadgets that I'd love to use if I could cook

I bought my sister and her husband a set of pasta bowls from W-S for Christmas

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:40 PM

31. Okay, that was hysterical.

Very, very funny. Thanks!



PS - I did bristle at the gratuitous insults to the Trappist monks making expensive fruitcakes; that is, after all, how they support themselves. The fact that they're in the beautiful Ozarks does not make them "rednecks" or "white trash," though, and I found that objectionable.

PPS - Some of the comments are as funny as the article!

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:45 PM

32. This is entirely too funny!

And I WILL have those chocolates!

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:45 PM

33. Damn, that was funny!

I literally laughed out loud numerous times. Thanks for sharing!

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:05 PM

35. K & R for all the laughs!

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:08 PM

36. great post my fav was the Cheese Hamper

I could sell my 15 year olds gym sock hamper for the same effect

however a few years ago I got one of these catalogs unsolicited in mail and did get some ideas including a wreath made from bay leaves that went for around $50 on WS and I made from bulk purchased bay leaves for about $7 ncluding other supplies, so it wasn't all bad

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:11 PM

37. I love and patronize W-S but this is HILARIOUS!

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Response to Happyhippychick (Reply #37)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:02 PM

41. LOL I love W-S too. I lust heavily after some of their stuff. And yet, I feel dirty doing it.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:12 PM

38. And now I'm craving cheese biscuits.... alas, I haven't $72 to spare.

Thanks for the laughs!

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:17 PM

42. If you"love W.S." find your nearest commercial restaurant supply company & see if their show room is

open to the public. Most of them are and most of them are way better and way less expansive than W.S.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:05 PM

43. BWAH! And I HAVE bought

their Turkey Gravy Base. Really good with sherry or madeira added to it.

Their S'Mores were da bomb when they carried them. I hope they rotate them back in.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:09 PM

44. They have a $425 Mauviel copper potato steamer

For heaven's sake! I know copper is good for rapid response to changing temperatures, such as when you are sauteing and get to close to burning something..... but steaming potatoes? Good grief!

I'm sure, however, it looks great in those expensive granite surfaced kitchens, where the hostess never deigns to actually steam a potato.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:32 PM

45. Rude Pundit meets Bill S.

Love it!

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:44 PM

46. Reclaimed Rustic Chicken Coop $759.95

Those goddam chickens BETTER laugh!

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:04 AM

47. I read it as

European Cheese Humper. Made it briefly much more interesting.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:11 AM

48. Worth a look: Williams-Sonoma Cocktail Rimming Sugar

I make my own vanilla sugar with husks of used vanilla beans from other recipes. Madagascar vanilla infused sugar really is f-ing good on the rim of a fancy mixed drink, such as a sidecar.



Item #02-787713 Williams-Sonoma Cocktail Rimming Sugar

Full size


Williams-Sonoma says: "Spiced, Citrus, or Vanilla."

Price: $8.95

Notes from Drew: Why have an ordinary rimjob when you can add just a touch of Madagascar vanilla? That's how classy folk do their rimming.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:53 AM

50. LMSP kicking...

but only because of the mirth, For Christ's Sake!

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