Sharpie Metallics

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As a “grown up”, I don’t have many reasons to buy metallic felt tips, but I actually needed something to write on black card with, and when I saw that Sharpie had metallic range, I though they could be just the thing! You can get a pack for a few pounds, so it’s not too much of a gamble.

The packaging is standard Sharpie packaging so nothing  exciting there. And actually, the caps of the pens really don’t do the colours justice. When I saw them, I felt worried that the colours weren’t going to be very metallic… However, when I cracked them open I soon realised that they were just what I was hoping for!

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Not the best photo, but hopefully you can see that they come out really well, strong colours with lots of pigment, and they write really well. They reminded me of the metallic pens (perhaps by Pilot?) I used to covet when  was a kid, except you used to have to shake those and then push the nib against the page to release the ink. The only problem with these, as you can see, is that the gold one has dried out, which is a shame, so I guess I’ll have to get in touch to tell Sharpie I got a dud!

The reason I’d got these was because I’d bought these gorgeous cards from Greenwich Letterpress (which I visited on my NYC stationery shop crawl), but didn’t have anything to write on them with.

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So now I’m able to jazz them up and use them!

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New York Stationery Shop Crawl

Most people probably do a bar crawl if they go to New York for the first time. Not me, I did a stationery store crawl.

I didn’t see as many as I would’ve liked to, as we had limited time, but here’s what I did see:

Greenwich Letterpress
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Greenwich Letterpress is a lovely little store in the West Village. It specialises in – you guessed it – letterpress cards. There are walls full of them:

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But they also have other stationery/gift bits. The really cute displays are kind of untidy, creating a bit of a jumble sale feel, which entices you in to have a rummage.

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They also do a bespoke service, for wedding stationery etc.

Paper Source
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There are several Paper Sources throughout the US and I checked out the New York – Soho one. As a Brit, I think the best way to describe Paper Source is that it’s very similar to Paperchase. Lots of gift wrapping, cards, gifts and crafty things. Although one thing it has that Paperchase doesn’t is a brilliant stamp section:

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It has a great coloured paper/envelope section:

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And the wrapping paper section was SO GOOD. I would have bought tons of it, but, I think it would have been pretty difficult to get it back to the UK without it getting all bent up.

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Cursive
I went to Cursive New York in the ABC Carpet & Home concession. It was a little tricky to find in the store as there were so many different concessions, but I was glad once I had. They have really great stuff. I’m afraid I didn’t take many pictures in there, but here are a couple of things which liked:
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Lots of lovely notebooks etc.

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They had sets of vintage pencils, which I thought was a nice idea (although it maybe would have been better if they were all graphite pencils, rather than random colouring pencils, as I don’t know how useful that it…).

They also have a shop at Grand Central Street station.

So that’s what I managed to see in my short time there, but I’ll definitely be back to find more! Are there any more you’d recommend?