Living large-ish

Brylane Home, whose parent company once upon a time was associated with Lane Bryant but is no longer, now has a catalog called “plus+size living,” which opens with several pages of the same flimsy-looking patio furniture everyone else sells, but with higher weight capacities: the semi-traditional outdoor rocking chair made of funny-colored resin is expanded to 19½ inches wide, wider than some of the seats in Kansas City’s Sprint Center, and holds, they say, up to 600 lb.

Just for laughs, I decided to see if they had a bathroom scale. They have a couple. One maxes out at 550 lb, the other at 400.

Some of the kitchen stuff, like the double deep fryer, drew mirth. Then there’s the electric mandoline, which grates or juliennes or just slices; it’s the first such I’ve ever seen, irrespective of size considerations.


  1. Dr. Weevil »

    6 June 2013 · 5:06 pm

    I don’t see the point of a bathroom scale going over 400. Anyone that fat won’t be able to read the number, and anyone over 500 would probably prevent anyone else from getting close enough to read the number – assuming they could even get someone to try.

  2. CGHill »

    6 June 2013 · 5:13 pm

    Well, there’s always the local truck scale.

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