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"The Hater's Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog"


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#1 Kim Shook

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:41 AM

This is seriously hilarious:

http://deadspin.com/... sonoma-catalog

#2 Shelby

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:24 AM

I'm wiping the tears off my face with my sleeves. I haven't laughed this hard in ages!

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:22 PM

I'm not much for the "colorful" adjetives he used but he's 100% dead on.

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#4 Shelby

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 02:23 PM

I'm not much for the "colorful" adjetives he used but he's 100% dead on.


Oh, and to me, that's what made me laugh even harder! I'm a heathen from Kansas, though ;)

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:20 PM

I'm not much for the "colorful" adjetives he used but he's 100% dead on.

Cleanest thing that guy ever wrote!

#6 radtek

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 04:11 PM

Awesome. Just awesome.

But it's Hungarian!

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:01 PM

Chuck Williams brought me to my knees, oh, fifteen(?) years ago with his giveaways of the white chocolate peppermint bark. After spending too much for too little I learned to make my own.

The prices are a joke, a third of the products are a joke. What W-S is good for is a half hour walk through on the weekend, just for fun. And truth to tell, back in the day I'd buy a tablecloth from the sale table in the back.

I'm not sure the biz model is working out. Two W-S stores in my lovely GOP neighborhood suburbs have gone belly up.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:01 PM

This is the best, funniest thing I've read all month. Is there more where this came from? :laugh:

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:33 AM

wow.. that was too funny and informative. ... I didn't know hungarians were known know for their sacks. LOL
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#10 gfweb

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:48 AM

This is the best, funniest thing I've read all month. Is there more where this came from? :laugh:


Frequently. Its typically sports related at Deadspin.

#11 rotuts

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 06:41 AM

:laugh:

#12 Baselerd

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:02 AM

Too true...

#13 rancho_gordo

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:43 AM

Chuck Williams brought me to my knees, oh, fifteen(?) years ago with his giveaways of the white chocolate peppermint bark. After spending too much for too little I learned to make my own.

The prices are a joke, a third of the products are a joke. What W-S is good for is a half hour walk through on the weekend, just for fun. And truth to tell, back in the day I'd buy a tablecloth from the sale table in the back.

I'm not sure the biz model is working out. Two W-S stores in my lovely GOP neighborhood suburbs have gone belly up.


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#14 rotuts

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:45 AM

exactly. I got a larding needle there when they first opened.

actually used it twice!

Edited by rotuts, 15 November 2012 - 09:45 AM.


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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:47 AM

What's up with the ridiculous rotary iron at W-S? It has to be the single most ludicrous item in the catalog: $2,000 so you can iron napkins and tablecloths? http://www.williams-..._Recipe_Rule-_-

#16 Zeemanb

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:53 AM

Pretty funny, but I've been doing these same reviews (but not as family friendly) out loud WHILE walking through Williams Sonoma for years.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:16 AM

Pretty funny, but I've been doing these same reviews (but not as family friendly) out loud WHILE walking through Williams Sonoma for years.

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#18 ruthcooks

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:39 AM

I'm wiping the tears off my face with my sleeves. I haven't laughed this hard in ages!


What she said.

W-S is the only place I ever bought a cookbook where they put a sticker over the "suggested Price" so they could raise their price--by $11.00!
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:55 AM

I had to check out the Monks of the Ozarks.

http://www.trappistmonks.com/

Check out the pic on the home page. Best. Monks. Ever.
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#20 rotuts

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:15 PM

I do gotta tell ya, If I had the 30 bucks, I bet that fruit cake would be well worth it, after taking a look at the with-it crew! from them of course.

now on that 3K iron: its for the Downton Abbey folks that have had to massively downsize. I wonder if it does the morning Newspapers? soon too to be Dinosaurs.

think NYTImes with no inky hands!

#21 merstar

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 01:31 PM

Thanks for posting this, Kim! I needed a good laugh!
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#22 SylviaLovegren

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:26 AM

What's up with the ridiculous rotary iron at W-S? It has to be the single most ludicrous item in the catalog: $2,000 so you can iron napkins and tablecloths? http://www.williams-..._Recipe_Rule-_-


Ironing machines used to be fairly common and they're very popular with vintage fabrics folks who are always on the lookout for the old ones. But the old ones are becoming less and less available and more and more expensive if you can find one. Still, I'm not sure that most vinties would be able to fork over a couple of grand for a new one.

#23 SylviaLovegren

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:33 AM

And the guy shouldn't diss the Trappists monks. Those guys make some good stuff. And they're not rednecks. Grrr.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:21 PM

I have to seriously quesiton WS business model as well. Years ago, before the Internet when gourmet cooking was new, they were the place to go for odd-ball things - Cuisinarts when they first came out, for example.

Now, Amazon and others are a click away, with free shipping, and appropriate prices. For heavier items or for immediate purchase, most cities have a decent, local specialty cookwares store.

Somehow, I'm on the electronic mailing list for both WS and Sur la Table.... I'm one step from putting them on my spam list...

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:27 PM

I'm dying over here...

Every time that catalogue comes my girl can't stand me talking..umm...smack.
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