I haven’t shared items in a while that I find absolutely ridiculous, but today I hit the jackpot of ridiculousness. For some reason my normally empty mail box held an invitation for my grand daughters second birthday party and a mail order catalog. Out of curiosity I browsed through the catalog and having no one here to vent to I thought of you my wonderful readers.
First up, washing feet in the shower is difficult and dangerous. So manufacturers have made the perfect item to help you scrub your feet. $17.95 isn’t much to guarantee your safety while making sure your feet are squeaky clean.
Now I will admit that with balance issues it is dangerous for me to scrub my feet, which is why I do my feet immediately after my shower from a chair and then dry well. Even if you have trouble, like I do, take a good look at the picture. How will you get your ankle clean unless you bend down and wash it?
Next up, produce is so hard to peel. Potatoes, apples, other fruits and ready for this? It can even be adjusted to remove the skins off tomatoes. No need to blanch a tomato any longer
This wonderful peeler comes with a thumb knife to remove potato eyes, and 3 sturdy plastic blades (with stainless steel cutting edges) and can be operated with 6 volt adapter or 4 AA batteries. One catch you must hand wash the pieces. Forget those difficult to use hand peelers that will cost you less than $5, now for $29.95 you can have a machine to do all the work for you. With the included adapter you won’t even have to buy batteries, if you don’t want to.
Now for the perfect way to prepare your hot dogs and warm the buns at the same time.
No longer will you need to light up the barbecue or pull out that sauce pan to cook your hot dogs or the need to turn on the oven to warm your buns. This appliance will steam up to 24 hot dogs at a time, again you will need to hand wash this when finished. This is only $79.95, and think of how often you will use it.
Want cotton candy, but the circus isn’t coming to town this week? Now you can make it at home.
Just add your sugar to the plastic bowl, the plastic dome will prevent spills on your counter and wind your cotton candy on the paper cones. Most of these parts are dishwasher safe. Just think for $59.95 you will no longer need to wait for the amusement park or festival to open to enjoy a sugar rush.
Now I don’t know about you, but I have always wanted a PVC lounger chair that can be converted into a bed. I love the feel of plastic, don’t you? And that smell, some say it gives them head aches. But this is the ultimate lounger, it can be converted to either a twin or queen sized bed for guests or as a recliner for movie watching. Where else could you get 3 pieces of furniture for $99.95?
On to the subject of showers again, I want to enjoy a different type of shower each day. Some days I may want a stimulating massage from my shower head, other days I just want something a little more gentle. This shower head gives you the main shower head, plus the ability to use up to 6 more mini heads for the ultimate enjoyment. That means I could feel as if I were in a different shower every day of the week. At $49.95 that’s quite a steal.
Have you been looking for dance shoes? Well Dr. Scholl’s has come up with the perfect dance shoe for you. It’s feather-light, flexible EVA plastic is extremely comfortable. it even comes with an adjustable buckle for the perfect fit. Our feet are worth the $69.95 you will spend on these.
If you need to purchase a new alarm clock, forget about those old-fashioned ones that need you to set the time, get one that allows you to use voice commands to set time and alarm all in a lovely plastic case for durability. This will only set you back $49.95 and so much better than using your cell phone for an alarm.
This mail order catalog came with pre-approval for credit up to $400. I did the math for you, each of these products totaled together will cost you $457.60 plus tax and shipping and handling. I know you want each and every one, now how many hours will you have to work to pay for this? Then you will need to make room to store these items, and of course the lovely plastic is yours forever.
Okay, I’ve been sarcastic, I think it’s the fact that I planned to go out and explore my town then pouring rains arrived and I am stuck inside, I’ll be serious…
When you look at these catalogs (and yes there were plenty of other items I rolled my eyes at) we really need to think whether they are worth our hard-earned money and if we have something already that could do the same job without buying more stuff. Do we really want to be consumers of this type of junk, just to be able to say we own this or that? I think a minimalist mindset is more to my liking. I like knowing that I have items that can be used for many purposes and eliminate the need to store and own different things for different tasks. Just take my rice cooker, it’s seldom that I actually use it to cook rice but it’s used almost every day.
I did find one item that got me thinking. When space is an issue, like in my home, having items that serve multiple functions is much appreciated. While I won’t be spending $129.95 on it, I have put the idea away to make something similar for myself.
Isn’t this a great idea, a rolling cart that can store many things from fabric to sewing notions or maybe even fit under the counter to store fruit and items not wanted left out on display. Then can be pulled out and turned into an ironing board.