I have a confession to make. I’m an addict. A school supplies addict. I believe I’m not alone in this addiction, and I know lots of women like me who can stay all day in a bookstore and just browse through the pens, paper, art supplies, till nightfall.
If people collect paintings, toys, designer bags, or pig figurines (my cousin does!), I collect unique office/school supplies. Indulge me in this post because as mundane as it may seem, it’s something that brings me much pleasure, and who knows, you might find it interesting too:)
So it all started with my maternal grandparents who were travelling all over the world and would bring home interesting pasalubongs for us grandkids. Because I grew up with my parents’ Printing Press business, the love for “paper and pen” was inborn, fueled by Lolo and Lola’s global finds, and later on, my own travels, I inevitably and unknowingly started and grew this collection.
Following were some of Lolo and Lola’s gifts. My cousins and I each had these and since we were all girls, (except for one cousin in our batch), we loooved them to death!
When I was around 10 years old maybe, they first gave us this little box of supplies called Team Demi:
The scissors and cutter are now missing but I can’t bear to get rid of this piece from my childhood.
They also gave us this pen, pencil and highlighter set:
Then later on they gave us these credit card size wonders: My Zebra Cardy 1: Pen and lead pencil, and a ruler on the side
*Photo taken from fountainpennetwork.com, because mine is hidden away in a baul now:)
My Zebra Cardy 2, which had a pair of scissors, single hole puncher and cutter. Still one of my faves unfortunately was stolen last 2011:(
**Im posting this here in case someone knows where I can get one. I found this online once and one of the pieces were in some sort of museum of vintage office supplies! (Photo from the web)
And something I still use today: my Factory, a swiss knife- inspired tool with scissors, one hole puncher, scotch tape, tape measure, cutter, magnifying glass:
Adding to these pieces, I’ve gotten around to finding more nifty gadgets which I carry around often depending on where I am going.
My foldable stapler by Uchida Yoko Japan:
Muji scissors and cutter, Scotch magic tape and binder clips
Assorted stuff from all over: Ikea scissors set, Muji mini coloring pens and stamp set, 3m Post-it notes from National Bookstore, Schneider markers from Office Warehouse, Pencils and Giant paper clips from Smiggles in Singapore. Now you know where to find me whether here or even abroad:)
Then I found these three babies in a store in The One mall in HK last year:
Scotch tape dispenser: open
I’m also ecstatic Dymo is back. I love it even more than my digital label printer.
Love this handy Slide Rule Cutter by Fiskars which i use when i make cards
and I still have my Dad’s old long arm stapler which I now use to make Reese’s handmade storybooks
Last Christmas, Gary gave me this Victorinox SwissCard lite. He sure knows how to make me happy:)
which has scissors, pocket knife, screwdriver tool, pen, magnifying glass, flashlight, tweezers and ruler. It reminded me of my lost Cardy 2, but definitely an amped up version.
I love my collection as it is. But the added joy is knowing that it is all useful. I love wielding out my tools when they are needed most! Times like when my kids ask me to open a bag of chips or open tough toy packaging, or when I work on-the-go and need to staple documents together, or when, during an event a client wants something taped or cut, and voila, I have everything I (and they) need at hand!
That’s when I love my supplies even more, and the hunt for more interesting variations of my OC solutions goes on…