Fall Catalogs: How Much is Too Much?

Every Fall, as sure as the changing of the leaves and the hint of chill in the air, fall catalogs start arriving in the mail urging you to buy that new slipcover, rug or decorative item you didn't feel like you needed during the summer months. While I enjoy flipping through catalogs as they come through, one catalog's girth felt problematic this year in particular.

My surprise at the sheer size and weight of the Restoration Hardware catalog overshadowed any initial interest I had in browsing through it. I recalled last year's being unnecessarily large, but when this year's version landed in my mail box over the weekend, I was shocked to see that the page count had gone up from last year's 616 pages to this year's astounding 992 pages. At over 5 pounds, is the catalog too much of a burden (on the environment, on the mail carrier, on the recycling) for what is essentially unsolicited mail?

What do you think? Is this too much, or is it no different than receiving a fall copy of one of fashion's notoriously heavy September issues?

(Image: Liana Walker)

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