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Around the Internet => Antimustachian Wall of Shame and Comedy => Topic started by: atelierk on April 25, 2012, 06:50:53 PM

Title: Williams-Sonoma 'Agrarian' line
Post by: atelierk on April 25, 2012, 06:50:53 PM
The urban homesteading blogs have been abuzz of late with news of Williams-Sonoma's new Agrarian line of homesteading supplies. Most urban homesteaders are pretty frugal so all this has a lot of them scratching their heads in amazement. Who in their right mind would buy this stuff?

Just a selection:
Garden tools made of copper (!). Hand trowel, $58.95. Long handled spade, $199.95. Long-handled fork, $299.95

A stainless steel potting scoop for putting potting soil into pots, $27.95 (Hmmm. I use a plastic yogurt container.)

A 4' x 4' x 10" deep cedar raised bed kit, $179.95.

And my personal favorites, individual potted vegetable seedlings (lettuce, beets, cabbage, tomatoes, peas) in cute little burlap covered containers, $16.95 EACH.

The good news is Williams-Sonoma doesn't have the nerve to charge shipping on this stuff, at least for now. Free shipping ends May 3. You can peruse their other offerings here: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/shop/agrarian-garden/?cm_type=lnav (http://www.williams-sonoma.com/shop/agrarian-garden/?cm_type=lnav)

I wonder what the carbon footprint is on a $16.95 pea plant shipped from California to New York?
Title: Re: Williams-Sonoma 'Agrarian' line
Post by: Parizade on April 25, 2012, 07:15:05 PM
That's hilarious! My personal favorite is the $879.00 chicken coop (with linoleum floor and cedar shake roof).
Title: Re: Williams-Sonoma 'Agrarian' line
Post by: arebelspy on April 25, 2012, 09:15:24 PM
Who in their right mind would buy this stuff?

Yuppies and hipsters more enamored with the idea and appearance of homesteading than the actualities of it.
Title: Re: Williams-Sonoma 'Agrarian' line
Post by: C99 on April 25, 2012, 10:39:59 PM
My favorite is the Chicken Coop Predator Kit.  You get a roll of hardware cloth and some nails and washers for $60.   Home Depot carries the same hardware cloth for $34.  Of course theirs isn't photographed against a lovely vintage barn wood backdrop though.  That's gotta be worth a premium, huh?
Title: Re: Williams-Sonoma 'Agrarian' line
Post by: CatM13 on April 26, 2012, 09:54:23 AM
My favoirite is the twine. Its only 14.95 (insert eye roll here). I just bought a big roll of this stuff for a couple of bucks. Granted it didn't come in some sort of dispenser, but I am certain I will learn to live with out the dispenser.

I really just cannot believe those prices. I do hope most people are smart enough to know that their money is put to better use elsewhere.
Title: Re: Williams-Sonoma 'Agrarian' line
Post by: James on April 26, 2012, 10:25:26 AM
I was looking through the tools and saw a Nunki, we had a similar tool growing up for weeding that worked great!  But I'm not going to spend $60 for their's...  that's just unbelievable!
 
http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/copper-tools-nunki-weeder/ (http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/copper-tools-nunki-weeder/)
 
Oh, and you can monogram your tools for $7 more...  :D
Title: Re: Williams-Sonoma 'Agrarian' line
Post by: zinnie on April 26, 2012, 10:36:23 AM
This kind of stuff has "wedding registry" written all over it...
Title: Re: Williams-Sonoma 'Agrarian' line
Post by: Daley on April 26, 2012, 11:09:33 AM
I do hope most people are smart enough to know that their money is put to better use elsewhere.

It's Williams-Sonoma, their core demographic is people with more money than common sense (http://news.yahoo.com/why-the-soul-of-mitt-romney%E2%80%99s-america-can-be-found-at-williams-sonoma.html). After all, they wouldn't have created the line in the first place if they didn't think the pigeons they sell to wouldn't buy it.

I love their "White Glove" service on the coops and runs, too. Heaven forbid you get your hands dirty setting up and tending chickens.

Edit: After seeing yesterday's Liō (http://www.gocomics.com/lio/2012/04/25), I couldn't resist (http://i.imgur.com/KYh3l.png). (linked instead of embedded for politeness sake)
Title: Re: Williams-Sonoma 'Agrarian' line
Post by: James on April 27, 2012, 01:04:34 PM
That's pretty good I.P. Daley...  :)


While I've got the pointing and laughing thing going about the prices, I'd love to go to a garage sale in a few years and see a bunch of that stuff lined up for sale at regular garage sale prices...