Saturday, July 31, 2010 - More than Socks......

One Hanes Place. com
One Hanes Place
P.O. Box 748
Rural Hall, NC 27098

Telephone: 1-800-300-2600 is more than just socks. They have a great selection of bras and panties by Bali, Playtex, Barely There, Wonderbra, and Champion. Their current catalogue features a "bra sale" with prices as low as $13.99. They also carry "shapewear" (formerly known as girdles!), stockings, swimsuits, men's underwear (some items currently 25% off), women's and men's exercise wear, and casual separates for boys and girls.

Some items:

Wonderbra Uprising Strapless Bra (Frost, Midnight, Soft/Taupe Pink) $22.99

Hanes Tagless ComfortSoft Cotton Stretch Lace Waistband Bikini (3-pack) $6.99

Bali Never Ending Smooth Firm Control Shaping Brief (White, Black, Soft Taupe) $12.99

Hanes Silk Reflections Lace Top Sandalfoot Thigh High Stockings (Black, Barely There, Little Color) (3 pairs) $18.99

Pleated Front Tank Swimsuit (Red, Black, Brown - Sizes 10-18) $26.24

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Tog Shop

The Tog Shop
P.O. Box 176
Jessup, PA 18434-0176

Telephone: 1-800-367-8647

Fax: 1-800-755-7557

For all of us, along with death and taxes, comes the inevitable spectre of elastic-waisted trousers. I recently received a catalogue from The Tog Shop and was surprised, indeed, that it was not accompanied by an invitation to join AARP (my husband has already received one of these and it was not a pretty sight). To be perfectly frank, the prospect of aging horrifies me far less than that of wearing elastic-waisted trousers (which I feel should be relegated strictly to maternity wardrobes). This being said, The Tog Shop catalogue carries a number of brands: Leon Levin, Haymaker, Alfred Dunner, Foxcroft, and Koret--whose speciality is clothing for women of a certain age.

It is true that, as one ages, most of us do not want to encounter the horrified glances and averted eyes occasioned by that syndrome known as "mutton dressed as lamb." There is something to be said--at any age--for three-quarter sleeves (covers upper-arm wobble, sometimes cruelly called "bat-wings") and low-heeled loafers. The advantage of these clothing lines is that all the separates will easily mix and match, interchangably, they are, undoubtedly, very practical, and I am sure they wash and pack well. There is, somehow, something about these clothes that depresses the hell out of me. It is probably because I can see most of these outfits coming off of a chartered tour bus, completed by fanny packs stuffed with senior discount coupons.

I would say that they are best for their accessories--handbags, shoes, sandals--and for their bathing suits, which are (unsurprisingly) very modest and offered in a nice range of colors and patterns--but I somehow, just cannot get my mind around those elastic-waisted trousers (shudder). As with any catalogue, check their website before ordering, especially the "clearance" page, to see if there are any good deals not represented in the printed catalogue (it can't hurt to get into the practice, in anticipation of all those "senior" discounts!!).

Friday, July 23, 2010

Dr. Leonard's Discount Healthcare Catalogue

Dr. Leonard's Healthcare Products
100 Nixon Lane
P.O. Box 7821
Edison, NJ 08818-7821
Telephone: 1-800-785-0880
Fax: 1-732-572-2118
Ah, what can one say about the Dr. Leonard's catalogue? It has a wonderful collection of products...not all healthcare-related, even though the name of the catalogue may seem to indicate this. Aside from the miracle hair cream and the copper and magnetic (designer jewellery), there are housewares (slipcovers, curtains, bedspreads, sheets, air purifiers), clothing (dresses, robes, nightgowns, shoes, sandals, non-binding cotton socks, elastic-waisted pants for men and women), weight loss products, including "fat burning patches" and "colon cleansing" products. Sonic pest repellers and solar powered mole repellers. "Detox" foot pads, blood pressure monitors, folding cane that opens into a seat, the "Snuggie", waterproof bed pads and incontinence products, and Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer. Many of the items are "as seen on TV." One surprise is that, amongst the folding canes, walker baskets, and shower chairs, there are a number of intimate personal products for couples.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Pyramid Collection: Myth, Magick, Fantasy, and Romance

The Pyramid Collection
Altid Park
P.O. Box 3333
Chelmsford, MA 01824-0933

Telephone: 1-800-333-4220
Facsimile: 1-800-866-3235

In MA only there is a 6.25% tax on non-clothing orders.

Gift cards are available in the following increments: $25. / $50. / $75. / $100.

Standard delivery, Rush Service, and Two-Day Express Delivery available.

Jewellery, jackets, dresses, boots and shoes, fingerless gloves, capes, tunics, skirts, some items with a markedly "dress up" feel to them. It seems that they are adding more out-and-out costumes: pirates (male and female), mermaids, Goddesses, and several other tarty outfits suitable, I would think, only for a Halloween fancy dress party or behind a locked bedroom door!! To be sure, there are a number of striking garments here, many of which could safely be worn down a busy city street without provoking a third glance (a first or a second glance can be lovely, but that third glance....I think not!).

A number of items, especially the jewellery items, would be suitable as presents, but, as in all things, you should be very sure as regards her tastes before ordering because many of the pieces of jewellery (to me) seem rather out of the ordinary. The tunics/dresses/pants seem to be cut in a swingy, forgiving fashion, with plenty of fabric, in most cases, to ensure coverage. Their patterned cowboy-style rain boots (skulls and roses) at $49.95 do nothing for me, but the 52" Dashiki (100% cotton, machine washable) at $39.95 is attractive and a good value. They specialize mainly in floaty romantic gear for women of a certain age.

There are several long-sleeved blouses I would advise against cooking in as you would surely set yourself alight. They also, ahem, have a selection of "massagers" for women, and---shades of Peggy on "Mad Men"---massaging lace briefs for ladies, which, I kid you not, can be activated by a remote control. So. Some pretty things--especially the tunics--some tarty things (best for dress-up), cute but impractical handbags, velvet coats and capes (attractive, but bound to attract every bit of lint in a five-mile radius), unique pieces of jewellery, shoes (mainly very high-heeled), and a mixture of ethnic-y, new-agey, wiccan-ish garb in sized XS (2-4) to, in some cases, 3X (22W-24W).

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Catholic Company

The Catholic Company

P.O. Box 7445

Charlotte, NC 28241-7445

Telephone: 1-866-522-8465

Fax: 1-704-940-2249

Standard/Two-Day/Next-Day Shipping

Tax on NC orders only.

Their catalogue states that they have "over 18,000" products. Many would be excellent gifts, either for a housewarming, a Christening, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, or for a wedding. There are also publications for children, mothers, and teenagers, as well as classic works of Roman Catholic theology, wall plaques, Bibles, crucifixes, and jewellery.

A sampling of some of their items:

Illustrated Catholic Children's Bible $26.95

4 CD Set / Gospel Rosary of Pope John Paul II $29.99

Sterling Silver Brown Cocoa Bead Rosary $67.95

Douay-Rheims Bible (black leather binding) $54.95

St. Joseph Statue 10" (resin/stone mix) $28.95

Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska (pb) $15.95

Handbook for Catholic Moms (pb) $15.95

Italian Alabaster Crucifix (15" high) $84.00

Connemara Marble Rosary (25") $54.95

The Imitation of Christ (Thomas a Kempis) $18.95

Leaflet Missal - Religious and Church Goods

Leaflet Missal

Publisher and Supplier of Religious Goods

976 West Minnehana Avenue

Saint Paul, MN 55104-1556

Telephone: 1-800-328-9582

Fax: 1-800-355-0650

Tax on Minnesota orders only. Ground, Two-Day, and Next-Day Shipping Available

Leaflet Missal has a large selection of religious goods including Christmas ornaments, gifts, and decor, Fontanini Nativities, home incense kits, scapulars, inspirational clothing, car accessories, garden statues, nightlights, holy water fonts, statues, framed art, many rosaries (of widely differing price ranges) and cases, medals, holy cards, quality religious jewellery, crucifixes, pins, Church goods (vestments, chalices, patens, Mass and sick call sets) candles, playsets and toys for children, DVDs, CDs, and books (including Bibles) for children and adults, including a selection of pre-Vatican II prayerbooks.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Daedalus DVDs

Telephone: 1-800-395-2665
Daedalus is best known for their books, of course, but they also carry a great selection of DVDs at discounted are some from their Summer 2010 catalogue......
The '70's Experience Collection (3 dvds) $12.98
A Day at the Races (Marx brothers) $7.98
13 Rue Madeleine (Cagney) $6.98
Alexander the Great (Burton) $5.98
Battle of Britian (Caine) $6.98
Flying Down to Rio (Astaire) $6.98
Funny Face (Hepburn) $6.98
The Great Escape (McQueen) $6.98
Guys and Dolls (Brando) $6.98
Kings Row (Reagan) $6.98
A Man for All Seasons (Scofield) $6.98
The Man With the Golden Arm (Sinatra) $6.98
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Taylor) $7.98
Broadway Danny Rose (Allen) $6.98
The Brothers McMullen (Burns) $6.98
The Pink Panther (Sellers) $6.98
American Splendor (Giamatti) $6.98
Charlie Wilson's War (Hanks) $6.98
Cinderella Man (Crowe) $6.98
The Departed (Nicholson) $6.98
Good Night and Good Luck (Clooney) $6.98
The Interpreter (Kidman) $6.98
Road to Perdition (Hanks) $6.98
Serpico (Pacino) $7.98
The Seven-Ups (Scheider) $6.98
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Murphy) $6.98
Dare Not Walk Alone (Dean) $6.98
Wordplay (Shortz) $6.98

Saturday, July 10, 2010

J.R. Watkins Naturals

J.R. Watkins Naturals
Watkins Incorporated
150 Liberty Street
Winona, MN 55987

Order online at:


J.R. Watkins is a unique company not only for the natural products they offer, but for the wide range of their natural products: gourmet spices and extracts, personal care items, natural home cleaners, as well as naturally-based remedies and supplements.

Some items worth noting:

Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract (6 ounces/$16.99)

Whole Black Peppercorn Grinder (1.7 ounces/ $4.99)

Poultry Seasoning (1.58 ounces/ $6.99)


Aloe & Green Tea Body Lotion (11 ounces/ $9.99)

Lavender Hand & Cuticle Salve (2.1 ounces/ $8.49)

Simply Mauve-lous Lip Tint (0.09 ounces/ $4.99)


Orange Citrus All-Purpose Cleanser (24 ounces/$5.99)

Lemon Liquid Hand Soap (11 ounces/$7.49)

Fragrance Free Laundry Detergent (32 ounces/ $12.99)


Menthol Camphor Vapor Rub (2.1 ounces/$9.99)

Beef Iron & Wine Tonic (12 ounces/ $13.99)

Supercold Cough Medicine (6 ounces/ $4.99)


Eye Care Formula (30-day supply/ $16.99)

Skin, Hair & Nails Formula (30-day supply/ $16.99)

Fruit/Veggie Complex (30-day supply/ $18.99)