Think of a bridal registry—you walk through your chosen store with a handheld scanner and scan the items you want. This particular home goods store allows you to scan the items, place your order at the register, and then choose the pick-up date.
Oh, and keep your checkbook in your purse because there’s no upfront purchase. More importantly, once we go to pick up the supplies at the store nearest my son’s university, if we decide we don’t want something, they’ll take it back. Free of charge.