I LOVE catalogs. I have loved catalogs since I was a little girl and that monster-sized Sears catalog would arrive at Christmas and I’d mark it up with a Sharpie marker. But in adulthood I forgot about the joy of catalog browsing, until we moved into this house nearly four years ago. The previous owner was an AVID catalog shopper–and of course, the publications all continued coming to our house once she moved. And I rediscovered the fun of window shopping in my pajamas! Now I get tons of them (hardly ever buy things from them, in case you were wondering). Sometimes, for old time’s sake, I’ll even take a sharpie marker to them.
Here is a list of my very favorite catalogs (all of them free, seeing as how I’m as *ahem* tight as the bark on a tree). I’ve included links to the page where you can order your own free copy. I’m sure your mailman will love me for this.
- Pottery Barn Kids. I include this one first, because it is the chief drool-inducer in my house. Oh, how I love this stuff. Mostly I use it to get ideas. Catalog order form.
- Lillian Vernon. Adorable stuff, and they have great clearance sales on their websites, too. Be sure you request both catalogs, including the one from Lilly’s Kids. Catalog order form.
- Personal Creations. This stuff is all personalized, and usually the cost of personalization is included in the price of the item. I’ve ordered several Christmas gifts here. Catalog order form.
- Best To You. This is merchandise with a Christian theme, and it’s usually quite affordable. I’ve gotten some fun ideas from this catalog for crafts I could do myself. Catalog order form.
- American Stationery. Another drool-inducer! I’m a sucker for beautiful stationery–it’s my favorite splurge. This place actually has some selections that aren’t terribly expensive. Catalog order form.
- ABC Distributing. A quirky little catalog with super-cheap stuff–fun to browse through. Catalog order form.
- One Step Ahead. The queen mother of all parenting catalogs. Catalog order form.
- J.Jill. I love these clothes. This is what I flip through when I’m feeling wistful for what the non-sweatpants-wearing crowd is wearing these days. Catalog order form.
- Mindware. Great catalog of "brainy toys"! Catalog order form.
- Terry’s Village. This one is so cheesy-cutesy-sappy that Hubs actually groans when it arrives in the mailbox. But it’s still fun to look through! Catalog order form.
- Land’s End. These are the only clothes I’ve found that can actually make it through all the way through three little boys without looking like something we pulled out of the trash. Catalog order form.
- Christian Book Distributors. GREAT prices on Christian books. Catalog order form.
- Colorful Images. Really cute address labels, etc. Catalog order form.
- Current. Similar to Colorful Images, above. Catalog order form.
- Home Focus. Oh, I’m in Heaven…this catalog is great for people who love to organize and clean things. I don’t do either, but I sure enjoy thinking about it. Catalog order form.
- Vermont Country Store. They call themselves "Purveyors of the Practical and the Hard-to-Find." Catalog order form.
- Desperate Enterprises. Strange name, but fun catalog. They sell lots of vintage signs, tins, keepsakes, etc. Catalog order form.
- Oriental Trading Company. If you are a homeroom or PTA mom, you probably already know about this one. Too hard to describe, just go look at it! Catalog order form.
Believe it or not, this isn’t all of them, just my top ones! (And if you know of any good ones I didn’t include, add them in the comments section).