Sunday, December 19, 2010

Alternative Gift Registry

Some of you might be familiar with this website, but for those of you who aren't, I'd like to tell a little about a site I've become familiar with this past year - Alternative Gift

Decades ago when I first got married, everybody registered at the local department store for all the china, crystal, flatware and household items they wanted and needed to set up their new household. Back then, people were much younger when they married and frequently had not lived anywhere but their parents homes before getting married. Well... fast forward several decades (wow, am I old or what??).

More people are getting married older after living on their own for quite some time. They've got all the household items they need and in many cases each spouse has a full household. This is where Alternative Gift Registry come in. Their focus is on allowing people to register for the things they really want, need and value rather than yet another toaster or blender and in doing so encouraging people to be more environmentally and socially conscious.

Operated by The Center for a New American Dream, they help people live the American dream, but in a way that ensures a livable planet for current and future generations. Their message isn’t about deprivation. It’s about getting more of what really matters—more time, more nature, more fairness, and more fun.

As an Etsy seller, I've come to enjoy this site, because it allows people to register for anything, including my items on Etsy. Gone are the days of having to register just for the things the local department store carries. It's ideal for anyone interested in local or handmade items.

So, if you're getting married, expecting a baby or having some other gift receiving event, check out Alternative Gift Registry to set up a unique registry for the event.

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