Wednesday, November 16, 2011

That Time of Year Again

And I’m stepping up on my soapbox on two familiar fronts.

catalog_choice-logo The first is battling the influx of catalogs hitting our mailboxes. I don’t know about you, but I don’t shop from catalogs. I try to shop locally, but I’m not religious about it. But if I do order from a company, I shop their online catalog and order from there.

So once again, it’s time to visit and re-opt out from any companies that have since ignored your request not to send more catalogs.

You did that last year, right? No? Well, you can start from scratch, then.

And the other soap box – wait – did soap really used to come in boxes strong enough to stand on? Hang on …

From Wikipedia:

“Throughout the 19th Century and into the 20th, prior to the invention of corrugated fiberboarsoapbox-1d, manufacturers used wooden crates for the shipment of wholesale merchandise to retail establishments. Discarded containers of every size, surprisingly well-constructed and sturdy, were readily available in most town. These “soapboxes” made free and easily portable temporary platforms for street corner speakers attempting to be seen and heard at improvised “outdoor meetings,” to which passersby would gather to hear often provocative speeches on religious or political themes.”

Well, whadaya know? I hear they’re good for making derby cars, too.


goat Soapbox #2 is a plug for Heiffer International. Now, I’m leery of recommending charities, because often you don’t know the real story about them. But I like these guys. I like that you can buy as much as a whole farmload of animals for a family or as few as two chickens to provide eggs for hungry kids. I like that they now have options for buying medicine, warm clothes, food education and clean water for people all over the world who need them. And I like that they have Heiffer Ranch, where participants are at least introduced to the realities of living in some third world countries.

Donating to this – or ANY charity of your choice – in a friend or family member’s name is a great Christmas gift idea.

I’m just sayin’.


  1. Cricket, Thanks for the great idea of opting out of catalogs. Didn't know you could do that. Can you opt out of charity mailings, too? As to Heiffer, I agree. I have used them in the past and shall again. It's easy and helps people around the world; I've bought animals to honor loved ones lost by friends. Also, their brochures are interesting. Thanks for the informative post and for the reminder.

  2. Most of the catalogs I get go straight into the recycle bag. I didn't even know about the opt-out option. Heading over there now.