Flea Market Finds #3: Wooden & Brass Extension Rule

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The last item I bought from Williamsburg Flea Market was this wooden and brass extension rule, which I got for $4. There were quite a few of these in the market, so they can’t be that rare, but this was the only one I saw with a brass inlay, and I really liked that detail.

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From what I can tell, it is a carpenter’s rule (I suppose strictly speaking that doesn’t make it stationery, but forgive me…), I guess from before tape measures, so that they could easily carry around their measuring tool. It’s 72 inches, which puzzled me for a while, and then I realised that is 2 yards.

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I suppose there isn’t a huge amount else to say about this item, except that it looks nice, and you can make fun shapes with it…
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Flea Market Finds #2: NFL Pencils by Faber Castell

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I got these NFL Team Pencils by Faber Castell at Williamsburg flea market for $7.

Now, in case you’re not American or a sports fan, just to clarify, NFL is the National Football League (American football that is, not PROPER football). 

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As with the dip pens, I’m not sure when they’re from, but judging by other similar sets on eBay, I think they’re late 70s/early 80s. Definitely before 1985 anyway, as the price tag says they were bought from Jefferson Ward, which a little googling told me was a Florida based department store, which closed down in 1985.

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My set is missing 4 pencils, and I have no idea which ones are missing, which is a shame… But it’s a pretty cool set nonetheless, don’t you think?
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I really like how the metallic ones have faded in the sun:
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The other thing that intrigues me is the initials which are embossed into the tips of the pencils, AA, etc.. I wondered if they were who made the pencil? Or checked them in the factory? Does anyone know what they could be?

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:

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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.

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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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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?

 

Anthropologie presents: TAPED

On Saturday in New York, after wandering over the High Line, we thought we have a quick look around Chelsea market, and what did I find in the Anthropologie store, but a whole MT Tape extravaganza!

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They had carts full of amazing washi tape throughout the shop.

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The whole of the downstairs of the shop had been decorated using MT tape. They called it Tape Bombing. A kind of guerrilla stationery art I guess. There was also a workshop by Koji Iyama, Japanese washi tape artist (yes, that’s a thing).

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Boxes and boxes of beautiful tape…

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And examples of how you can use MT tape to decorate everyday items.

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And, I’m pretty proud of my restraint here, I only bought ONE (it is a bloody good one though eh?). It was $5.

ACE Hotel NYC

Sorry I’ve been quiet for a few days, my amazing boyfriend took me to New York for a surprise weekend!

As you would imagine, as soon as I arrived I started my research on the best stationery shops in NYC. I did  a few shop (or should I stay store) visits, as well a fruitful trip to the Brooklyn Flea Market, and I’ll be posting on all of these over the next couple of weeks. But to start with, for great stationery, I had to look no further than my hotel room in the super cool ACE Hotel.

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Simply designed with a slightly industrial feel (like the rest of the hotel), what I think is cleverest about the letterhead paper/envelopes is that they use stamps for the address, meaning that they are easily adaptable for each hotel (they have other locations such as Seattle, LA and just down the road from me in Shoreditch, London).

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And because I assume lots of musicians stay there, they even supply music paper.

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The hotel info  folder is made the Rite in the Rain folks, who I featured here.

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And one of my  favourite things is this Stanley Bostitch pencil sharpener. I really want one… Even though I don’t actually have a desk to attach it to at the moment.

Nice one ACE, I like your style!