Re-gifting — in a good way

Macy's realized the importance of weddings in the 1920s when they came up with the Wedding Gift Registry.  But before that - way before that (1750 BC), was the dowry.  Betrothal was a business deal.  The bride's family would offer a combination of items and property to the family of the groom in hopes that they would seem to be a good 'investment'.  The idea was to make combining the two families appealing.  Romance?  What's romance? Then, about 700 years ago, the hope chest began to gain traction.  Young women prepared needlework towels and linens and occasionally, sewed a wedding [...]