A trip to New York and a morning spent seeing a live taping of the Martha show would not have been complete for me if I hadn't bought lots of Martha products. Apart from the magazines, Wedgwood collection and books (which I order on-line as book shops over here rarely have Martha books in stock) there are no other Martha products to be found. I always hope that Martha will find a supplier over here to carry her products - Harrods would be ideal for me.
So, mum and I took ourselves to Macy's in New York. Mum and I had both been to Macy's years ago and never thought too highly of it then. We still don't. I find the staff to be pretty rude, the building quite shabby and the products are never displayed greatly. I think Martha could do with making a one of her staff from head office go in and neaten it all up (something that mum and I took to doing whilst we were in there). We didn't purchase bed linens (something that I had wanted to do) due to their price, which maybe if the pound had been stronger against the dollar I would have done. We didn't buy Christmas items either as there was very little displayed and I didn't like the glittered seashells that they had in store. However, I did find the Martha products for kitchenware to be in good order (I hate having to hunt around for products too much and as such am never a good shopper in the sales) and purchased a bowl for utensils, a cake tester, a recipe calculator (so clever - it divides the measures, multiplies them and triples them) and measuring cups. Bearing in mind that we had our luggage allowance otherwise I would have been tempted to buy more. A skillet was on my list but I never found one. I had also wanted a Martha Stewart mug, with the logo but it seems that they didn't do them. Maybe they don't do them at all.
On the day of the Martha show mum and I stood in line with our Martha merchandise order forms which a member of staff had been handing out and ordered two aprons (one for me one for mum, a tote bag and a hooded jumper).
We are both so pleased with our purchases. I have used all of the items and they are great. The measuring cups are especially great as you fill them to the top as opposed to the old ones I had (Nigella Lawson ones) which had the measure inside the cup. The hooded jumper has proved to be warm and soft and although I do not usually wear clothing with names or logos on it, I am happy to have the logo of the show on my right arm. The tote bag is sturdy and carried Christmas presents into work with ease.
A trip to Kate's Paperie also saw the purchase of Martha's Crane & Co. Christmas cards which are beautifully designed and I will take great delight in sending these next year.
The products we picked really were 'good things'.