Things Remembered has a lot of nice gift ideas, but they’re primarily for weddings, births and Christenings, retirement, or graduation. Step into one of their stores and you’ll see what I mean. It’s not that they don’t have nice gift ideas, but everything in the store is (and in most cases, should) be engraved. We’re talking everything and anything from clocks, Champagne flutes, cuff links, money clips, jewelry boxes, wallets, and pens, just to name a few diverse products.
Oh, and engraving is not cheap. It’s a five dollar minimum and two dollar per word (or letter, if you’re monogramming) after that. But then again, I got a slightly different price quote from someone else at the same store on a different day. Yeesh.
And a word of caution: I’m not sure they do this all the time, but I signed up for their online newsletter and as a welcome they emailed me a $5 off coupon good off any (as in, no minimum) purchase. However, when I went to the store at the Boynton Beach Mall I was given a hard time because I printed the coupon in black and white -- I don’t have a colour printer. Apparently, people were coming in multiple times with the coupon photocopied. What got me upset was that I was given a hard time when the fine print on the coupon stated one coupon per visit -- not one coupon per customer. And no where did it state I had to purchase a minimum. (She told me I had to spend at least $10.) I’m not trying to beat the system, but if you want a happy repeat customer, then don’t harass me and tell me all these exclusions and requirements that are not pre-printed on the coupon.
To make matters worse, my friend had the same coupon and she was outright denied because they told her she already went in to use it. My theory on that is that we’re both Asian and apparently all Asians look alike. How disgusting.
I’m not going to tell you to stay away from Things Remembered, because they do have nice stuff for very specific occasions, plus this has been my experience in the two stores near me (yeah; I visited another location in my area, hoping to not have to deal with ignorant people, but at the other location they weren’t any better), but for those in my local area (Palm Beach County), just be warned. Although, unless you’re Asian, I’m sure you won’t have the same problem as I/we did. Ugh.