What It’s Really Like to Register

Months ago I completed the “Master Registry List” and then I had Theo go over it with me and we discussed which ones we really wanted and what we would really like to replace.

For instance, we currently have some missing, broken and melted-by-dishwasher set of plastic measuring spoons and measuring cups. I’m pretty sure I purchased them in college at Wal*Mart for under $5.00. We definitely wanted to replace those with metal versions. Another example was although our 1970s Crockpot works perfectly fine, (I bought it at a garage sale for $3.00) it’s not very big and because of its age it makes me a little nervous about electrical malfunction–especially to leave it on if we won’t be home.

My best friend and Matron of Honor Tina, told me registering would be so fun and I was really hoping she was right. After I had spent weeks preparing the list of what we should register for I was almost exhausted just thinking about it.

Theo and I made a day out of it and registered at two stores on the same day. We even planned a meal in between to keep us full. Since the first would be a quick(er) stop I figured it wouldn’t be a problem even though I had read that going to multiple places in one day was not the best idea. Word of advice? Don’t go to two places in the same day, but definitely take your checklist with you. Mine was an Excel Spreadsheet of everything we wanted to look for. I had also done some pre-registering online and I printed both of those lists out.

First we went to Pottery Barn *side note: I ended up deleting this registry*. Most of things we wanted could only be purchased in store and/or didn’t have tags on them in the store for us to scan them. The store was also SUPER limited as far as inventory and didn’t give us many options to look at. Ultimately, I setup an Amazon registry for us and anything from Pottery Barn we really loved was placed on there through their “Universal Registry” option.

POTTERY BARN:

We were there for about an hour, the highlight was Theo found a furry blanket he loved and kept wanting to pet. I kept telling him if he loved it so much, to just scan it and put it on the list. The thing I really liked there was their “Caterers Set” glassware and silverware. The silverware matched what I already had from Oneida and had a similar weight to it (I like silverware with clean lines and a nice heaviness to them). [I knew how similar they were because I brought a set of my own in my purse! Haha!] At Pottery Barn we didn’t really use the checklist, we mostly walked from one area to the next because as I explained, we had only limited choices for everything.

PIADA:

Following that, we went to a late lunch/ early dinner at Piada. It was my first time there and my first time trying fried calamari…I loved it!

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After Piada we went to Bed, Bath and Beyond. I had already created a good-sized online with them of things I knew we wanted but I also wanted to see a lot of things in person to make a final decision.

BED, BATH, and BEYOND:

We sat and waited a decent amount of time before one of the wedding registry consultants was able to help us even though I had made an appointment. She gave us a bag full of catalogs and different tech savvy registry tools to help us decide on things. I clarified that I had already set up a registry with them online and we had done this at another store (Pottery Barn) already so we were comfortable just taking the scanner gun and running with it. She let us go at it on our own…..and things got very disorganized very quickly. We just walked from one section to the next, like we had at Pottery Barn, but Bed, Bath and Beyond was SO much bigger and had so many more options than Pottery Barn that we were wishing it was more limited.  After about 15 minutes, Theo begged me to pull out the list I had. We are both so glad I had it because it helped streamline things a lot. However, after we made it halfway through the store he was completely bored with shopping. I kept asking ….can we just look at one more thing….(bath mats, bedding, sheets, etc.)? After an hour of trying to keep getting one more thing done..we were both completely whipped and decided to go home.

This was one thing I found on our way out (after we had returned the scanner gun) that I just loved so I needed a picture of it to make sure I added it later at home.

Over the next couple weeks I referenced the old registries of friends to see what other people liked and added items based on things I missed or thought was better than what I had originally registered for. I also visited a different location and took the time to see certain everyday smaller items in person and choose the ones that would be best for us, mostly cooking utensils like spatulas.

What was your registry experience like? Awesome? Overwhelming? Or somewhere in between?

 

Late edit (January 2016):

We are VERY pleased with the Bed, Bath and Beyond registry system. We received a Christmas gift from our registry and it was great, until the second time we used it and one of the knobs/switches broke off completely. [SAD FACE.] We packed it back up and they let us exchange it no questions asked and gave us the original gift receipt back if anything happens to this one!  [TOOTHY GRIN SMILEY FACE!!] Here are some photos of us using it before the switch to open the plates to the flat “griddle” position broke off:

My Discount Linens Haul

This was the result of the fact  that it was outrageously expensive just to RENT linens through our venue. I told a little white lie and said a family member wanted to “gift” us our linens from another source to ask if we were allowed to bring them in. Our venue coordinator said yes it was fine to bring in our own linens, but that we were responsible for all setup and teardown of those linens.

I drew ups some ‘mini diagrams’ as examples for Theo to choose from.

I already knew I wanted the fuchsia tablecloth for the cake table and the drawing shows it with lots of little cupcakes.

I also already knew the guest tables would have white table cloths (provided by the venue) with black napkins (provided by the venue) and green vases of red and fuchsia flowers (hand-arranged by us). I also knew I wanted the fuchsia table runners. All of the chairs would have black chair covers and fuchsia bow-tied chair sashes.

But..what would our Sweetheart table be? Black-and-white striped? Gold Sequins? Or, Fuchsia to match the cake table?

We knew it had to be more unique since it was “our” table so the fuchsia was out. I was in love with the gold sequins but really wanted to know what Theo thought. 

I showed my diagram to Theo and he agreed that the gold sequins were the best option for our Sweetheart Table! 

I purchased everything below from tableclothsfactory.com for under $375 including shipping and tax. The best part is we can re-sell these items after the wedding to offset their cost, rather than only paying for a one-time use. The only downfalls to the situation are (as previously mentioned) having to set up and teardown ourselves and having to iron and transport everything.

 

145 Polyester Black Banquet Chair Covers

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These were all individually wrapped in small bags and because of that they are incredibly wrinkly and need some major ironing or steaming. If I finish ironing these by the end of March I will be so proud of myself. 

145 Polyester Satin Fuchsia Chair Sashes

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These were folded into small bags of 5 each. These were thin and  very easy to iron.

19 Fuchsia Polyester Table Runners

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These were in single bags and were pretty easy to iron as well.

1 – 117″ Fuchsia Round Crinkle Taffeta Tablecloth (for our Cake Table)

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This was in a decently large bag and was only hard to iron because of its size and round shape, you had to iron out the fold lines and rotate it to make sure you got all sides without letting it completely slide off of the ironing board. 

2 Fuchsia Rectangular Crinkle Taffeta Tablecloths

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This was easy to iron because it was rectangular so all of the folds were in rows.

1 – 120″ Champagne (Light Gold) Round Tablecloth (for our Sweetheart Table)

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This didn’t need a lot of ironing, because of its weight it didn’t fold tightly in the package. I did make sure to iron this one from the back side.

Admittedly, some of these pieces came with minor staining and/or were not sewed in perfectly straight lines. For the price, I’m willing to make that sacrifice. The polyester table runners were the worst for both issues. ALL of it was shipped in two large boxes literally bursting at the seams. The one box was tearing from the side and each was about 35 lbs. There was no room for other packing material so once I let it tear more small plastic baggies started spilling out.

I will follow-up on this after the wedding and let you know how it was to transport, setup and teardown our own linens. I have everything but the chair covers ironed at this point and if I get done with them by the end of March I will be really proud of myself, if not it will be an ironing party with my bridesmaids when they sleepover the night of my bridal shower! 

Instantly Photogrammed–Coming up with a #weddinghashtag

I’m a fan of wedding hashtags. I love the idea of people taking photos throughout the evening and connecting those memories to our wedding.

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Personally I really love the idea of having what will be our shared last name in the hashtag and have seen some really cute renditions for other couples. A great example is Ms. Coral from Weddingbee; their shared last name is McBride so their wedding hashtag was “HereComesMcBride”. When working with Mote it wasn’t quite as easy, especially because some of the wordplay is pretty stretched…(a la “Dean” jokes from Community).

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After reading some articles on “Crafting the perfect wedding hashtag” I came up with a few priorities and goals:

1. Nothing that could easily be confusing or misspelled (ie. back-to-back same letters). #sometimeshashtagsarejusttoolong

2. Nothing too generic that it will get our pictures mixed in with another couple on Instagram. #kissme #wedding

3. Nothing that is too far irrelevant from our theme of a modern wedding. #ourdogisnamedteddy

4. Find a way to creatively mix our new shared last name into the hashtag #mixinMote

My Ideas so far are:

#Devoted2Mote or #DevotedToMote

#MoteMeAtTheAltar (my favorite but I scrapped it because when typed lowercase there are 2 t’s in a row leading to easy misspelling)

#MoteLoveBoat (scrapped because nothing about our wedding or honeymoon is related to a boat)

#MarryMeMote

#MyersMoteWedding or #MoteMyersWedding or #MoteWedding (the last one was scrapped because it has already been used on Instagram and could get mixed in with others’ photos)

#MotesGetMarried

#MoteAndReMote

#EmotionalMotes

#MoteMARRYment

#MatriMotes

#MoteToBe

#MyersToMote

#TotesMotes

I think #MatriMotes wins for me personally since I really liked #MoteMeAtTheAltar which ultimately isn’t the best choice. Which is your favorite (OR do you have another recommendation)? I’d love to hear your thoughts! We also love #TotesMotes but aren’t sure the older generation will get it…should we worry? Are they instagramming anyways?

Master Registry List

I made a Master Registry List from lots of lists I had found in books and blogs and used it to help create the registry list we actually shopped for. Below, it is all categorized. Soon I will reveal what our registry experiences were like, give our advice and reveal what we are most excited to have registered for!

Formal Table Setting

  • Dinner Plates
  • Salad Plates
  • Salad Bowls/ Soup Bowls
  • Bread Plates
  • Cups and Saucers
  • Mugs
  • Chargers
  • Teapot/ Coffeepot
  • Sugar Bowl
  • Creamer Pitcher
  • Gravy Boat & Stand
  • Covered Serving Dishes
  • Round Serving Bowls
  • Oval Serving Bowls
  • Serving Platters
  • Holiday Serving Pieces
  • Soup Tureen
  • Accent Plates
  • Centerpiece Bowl

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Casual Dinnerware

  • Dinner Plates
  • Salad Plates
  • Salad Bowls/ Soup Bowls
  • Bread Plates
  • Mugs
  • Pasta Bowls
  • Cereal Bowls
  • Platters
  • Covered Serving Dishes/ Oven-to-Table Servers
  • Glass Pitcher
  • Plastic Pitcher
  • Brita Pitcher
  • Storage Containers

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Formal Glassware

  • Water goblets
  • Wineglasses for White Wine
  • Wineglasses for Red Wine
  • All-purpose Stemless Wine Glasses
  • Champagne Flutes
  • Footed Sherbert Bowls/ Dessert Bowls
  • Punch Bowl
  • Punch Cups
  • Trifle Bowl

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Everyday Glassware

  • Waterglasses/ Tumblers
  • Juice Glasses
  • Stemless Wineglasses
  • Wine Bottle Stopper
  • Wine Bottle Rack
  • Wine Aerator

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Barware

  • Highball Glasses
  • Double Old-Fashioned Glasses
  • Martini Glasses
  • Champagne Flutes
  • Margarita Glasses
  • Pilsner Glasses/ Beer Mugs
  • Cordial Glasses
  • Brandy Snifters
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Ice Bucket and Tongs
  • Margarita Pitcher
  • Corkscrew
  • Wine Bucket/ Wine Cooler
  • Compact Wine Refrigerator
  • Whiskey Stones
  • Coasters
  • Decanter
  • Bar Cart
  • Hawthorne Strainer
  • Jigger

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Formal Flatware

  • Dinner Forks
  • Dinner Knives
  • Teaspoons
  • Salad Forks
  • Tablespoons
  • Soup Spoons
  • Steak Knives
  • Butter Knives
  • Cocktail Forks
  • Fish Forks
  • Fish Knives
  • Iced-Tea Spoons
  • Serving Spoons
  • Pierced Serving Spoons
  • Serving Forks
  • Salad Servers/ Tongs
  • Cake Serving Knife
  • Ladle
  • Sugar Bowl Spoon
  • Sugar Tongs
  • Flatware Storage

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Everyday Flatware

  • Dinner Forks
  • Dinner Knives
  • Teaspoons
  • Salad Forks
  • Tablespoons
  • Pierced Tablespoons for Serving
  • Steak Knives
  • Salad Servers/ Tongs
  • Serving Fork
  • Ladle
  • Cutlery Tray/ Drawer Organizer

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Miscellaneous Entertaining

  • Salt and Pepper Shakers/ Grinders
  • Platters
  • Serving Bowls
  • Condiment Dishes
  • Salad Bowl
  • Bread Dish/ Bread Bowl/ Bread Basket
  • Pitcher
  • Electric Warming Tray
  • Butter Dish
  • Cheese Tray
  • Cheese Knives
  • Extendable Marshmallow Roasting Forks
  • Glass Drink Dispenser
  • Pump Thermos-style Hot Drink Dispenser
  • Compotes
  • Capabunga
  • Letter Bowls

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Table Linens

  • Tablecloths
  • Cloth Dinner Napkins
  • Everyday Placemats
  • Decorative Placemats
  • Table Runner
  • Washcloths/ Dishcloths
  • Hand Towels/ Kitchen Towels
  • Pretty Glass Jars for Storage
  • Napkin Rings

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Bath Linens

  • Washcloths
  • Hand Towels
  • Bath Towels
  • Bath Sheets
  • Bath Mat Set
  • Guest Towels
  • Shower Curtain
  • Shower Curtain Hooks
  • His-and-Hers Robes
  • Bathroom Scale
  • Power Toothbrushes
  • Toothbrush Holder
  • Soap Dish
  • Glass Jars for Storage

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Bed Linens

  • Fitted Sheets/ Flat Sheet Sets
  • Pillowcases
  • Pillow Shams
  • Pillows
  • Comforter/ Duvet Insert
  • Duvet Cover
  • Blankets
  • Bed Skirt
  • Mattress Pad
  • Laundry Hamper
  • Mattress Cover
  • Memory Foam Topper
  • Bed Skirt Pins
  • Duvet Clips

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Pots & Pans

  • Saucepans
  • Covered Saute Pan
  • Skillets
  • Omelet Pan
  • Stockpot
  • Roasting Pan
  • Roasting Rack
  • Dutch Oven
  • Double Boiler
  • Steamer Basket
  • XL Griddle
  • Teakettle
  • Electric Skillet
  • Crock Pot
  • Wok
  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Grill Pan

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Cutlery

  • Serrated Bread Knife
  • 8-inch Chef’s Knife
  • Paring Knife
  • Carving Set
  • Honing Steel
  • Knife Block
  • Electric Knife
  • Knife Sharpener
  • Rotating Pineapple Cutter/ Corer
  • Kitchen Shears

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Kitchen Equipment

  • Toaster *wide enough for bagels
  • Coffeemaker
  • Food Processor
  • Microwave Oven
  • Colander
  • Stand Mixer
  • Hand Mixer
  • Immersion Blender
  • Blender/ Smoothie Maker
  • Waffle Iron/ Rotary Waffle Maker
  • Cappuccino Maker
  • Juicer (or Stand Mixer Juicer Attachment)
  • Fondue Set
  • Kitchen Scale
  • Indoor Grill
  • Panini Press
  • Ice Cream Maker (or Stand Mixer Attachment)
  • Bread Maker
  • Rice Cooker/ Rice Steamer
  • Pressure Cooker
  • Slow Cooker
  • Mandolin
  • Cutting Boards
  • Pizza Stone
  • Mortar and Pestle
  • Cookbooks
  • Cookbook Holder
  • Paper Towel Holder
  • Chip/ Dip Tray
  • Travel Mugs
  • Dish Drainer
  • Dry Goods Spring Latch Containers
  • Large Glass Storage Jars
  • Ceramic Strawberry Baskets
  • Herb Keeper
  • Toaster Oven
  • Stand Mixer Cloth Cover
  • Tiered Oven Rack
  • Tablet Holder
  • Deep Fryer
  • Flex Beater Head for Stand Mixer

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Kitchen Utensils

  • Wire Whisks
  • Wooden Spoons (flat, slotted)
  • Assorted Spatulas/ Spoonulas
  • Box Cheese Grater
  • Pizza Wheel
  • Cheese Slicer
  • Ladle
  • Baster
  • Basting Brush
  • Ice Cream Scoop
  • Ice Cream Spade
  • Garlic Press
  • Tongs
  • Hand Peeler
  • Bottle Opener
  • Ice Cube Trays
  • Utensil Jar/ Crock
  • Splatter Screen
  • Popsicle Molds
  • Citrus Juicer
  • Apple Corer/ Slicer
  • Strawberry Huller
  • Melon Baller
  • Spoon Rest
  • Spice Rack
  • Dish Towels
  • Wire Fruit Bowl
  • Meat Tenderizer
  • Potato Masher
  • Funnel
  • Zester/ Microplane
  • Chip Clips
  • Glass Refrigerator Jugs
  • Measure -All Cup
  • Rolling Pin Spacers (for consistent dough thickness)
  • Ceramic Bowl for Stand Mixer
  • Cereal Storage Container

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Bakeware

  • Baking Sheets
  • Cookie Sheets
  • Measuring Cups- metal for dry goods
  • Measuring Cups- Pyrex for liquid XL size
  • Measuring Spoons- metal
  • Set of Metal Mixing Bowls with Silicone Base
  • Springform Round Cake Pans
  • Pie Dish
  • Tart Pan
  • Loaf Pan
  • Muffin Tin
  • Cooling Racks
  • Rolling Pin
  • Jellyroll Pan
  • Domed Glass Cake Plate
  • Flour Sifter
  • Bundt Pan
  • Pie/ Cake Server
  • Travel Cake/ Cupcake Container
  • Oven Mitts
  • Hot pads
  • Meat Thermometer
  • Aprons
  • Mini Ramekins
  • Pyrex Casserole Dishes
  • Pyrex Storage Dishes
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Pastry Brush
  • Silpat Baking Mats
  • Vacuum Sealer System
  • Magic Bullet Accessories
  • Cookie Jar
  • Oven Thermometer
  • Mini Kitchen Torch
  • Candy Thermometer
  • Pastry Bag and Tips
  • Pastry Dough Blender
  • Batter Bowl
  • Icing Knives
  • Baking Timer
  • Brown Sugar Keeper

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Tools

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Cordless Drill
  • Drill Bit Set
  • Hammer
  • Step Stool
  • Ladder
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Shop Vac/ Wet-Dry Vac
  • Socket Set
  • Stud Finder
  • Extension Cord
  • Wheeled Cooler
  • Hedge Trimmer
  • Hose
  • Hacksaw
  • Paint Brushes
  • Roller Covers
  • Paint Trays
  • Electronic Laser Level
  • Flashlight
  • Crowbar
  • Clamps
  • Channel Lock Pliers
  • Electric Sander
  • Wrench Set
  • Shovel
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Rake
  • Small Hand Shovel and Rake
  • Garden Gloves
  • Kneeling Pad
  • Measuring Tape
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Vice Grip

Decorative Household

  • End Tables
  • Area Rugs
  • Foot Stools
  • Candlesticks
  • Serving Trays
  • Breakfast-In-Bed Tray
  • Vases
  • Urns
  • Clocks
  • Lamps/ Lighting
  • Picture Frames
  • Artwork
  • Mirrors
  • Photo Albums
  • Throw Pillows
  • Throw Blankets
  • Storage Chest
  • Storage Baskets
  • Curtains
  • Curtain Hardware
  • Accent Pillows
  • Bookends
  • Door Knocker
  • Makeup Mirror
  • Cocktail Table
  • Barstools
  • Storage Bench

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Electronics/ Fun

  • Flat Screen TV
  • Stereo
  • Digital Camcorder
  • Digital Camera
  • DVD/ BluRay Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Speakers/ Docking Station for MP3 Player
  • Boxed DVD sets
  • Board Games
  • Card Games
  • Sports Equipment
  • Home Exercise Equipment
  • Coffee Table Books
  • Alarm Clock
  • Sonos System
  • Games for Video Game System

Miscellaneous Fun

  • Luggage: Upright
  • Luggage: Carry-On
  • Luggage: Rolling Duffle
  • Luggage: Garment Bag
  • Luggage: Carry-On Tote
  • Travel Accessories
  • Door Mat/ Welcome Mat
  • Small Rugs
  • Rubber Boot Mat
  • Picnic Basket
  • Watering Can
  • Beach Towels
  • Firepit
  • Ornament Storage
  • Inflatable Bed/ Air Mattress
  • Christmas Decorations
  • Christmas Tree
  • Pet Bed
  • Fireproof Lockbox for Documents
  • Massage Table
  • Magnets

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Cleaning

  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Mini Steamer
  • Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
  • Fireplace Tools
  • Air purifier/Fan/Oscillating Fan
  • Swiffer Sweeper Starter Kit
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Bucket
  • Soap Dispensing Dish Brush
  • Straw Cleaning Brushes
  • Bottle Cleaning Brushes
  • Soap Dispenser
  • Dryer Balls
  • Utility Grippers
  • Extendable Duster
  • Squeegee
  • Small Trashcans/Wastebaskets
  • Folding Drying Rack
  • Cedar Hangers
  • Dustpan set
  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Step-to-Open Trashcan
  • Recycling Bins
  • Gripping Hangers
  • Drawer Organizers
  • Desk Organizers
  • Compost Bin
  • Snow Shovel/ Snow Blower
  • Ring Dish
  • Fridge/ Freezer Organizer Baskets
  • Dog Food Container
  • Gift Wrap Storage
  • Push Broom

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Outdoor Entertaining

  • Patio Furniture
  • Outdoor Dishes/ Glassware/ Serving Dishes
  • Grill
  • Grill Brush/ Grill Tools
  • Decorative Planters/ Pots
  • Stand Umbrella
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Bocce Ball Set
  • Outdoor Space Heater
  • Outdoor Games
  • Outdoor Trashcans
  • Cooler
  • Beach Chairs
  • Lantern
  • Corn Hole Boards
  • Swiss Army Knife/ Multi-tool
  • Thermos

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