Living in Taiwan has a very important perk. What is that, you may ask? Is it the convenience factor? Yes. The great food? Yes. The great desserts? Yes, yes! But another absolutely delightful perk is the wonderful array of stationery that is available, any time, anywhere. If you like lovingly curated stores, then my friend Tiger’s Plain Stationery is perfect for you. But, occasionally, if you want to shop at home, in your pyjamas in the dead of the night, or in the wee hours of the morning, then there is no better site to do it than on Books.com.tw. I would equate books.com.tw to Taiwan’s version of Amazon; similarly it is a vast website filled with books, lifestyle products, electronics, clothing, homeware and also stationery. One wee morning, I received a message from my friend Peggy, who said told me they were having a gigantic sale, and that items were up to 90% off. I threw down my phone, rushed to my computer and that was when the madness began. I clicked, I panicked, I rejoiced, I was disappointed, then elated again, and I put items in my cart, and sent in my order in less than 30 minutes. Competition was fierce. It seems like all of Taiwan was competing with me for those Moleskine notebooks and Cavallini stamps! Afterwards, I couldn’t remember exactly what I bought, but I recall that I really needed everything that I put in my cart. 😀
The order was processed and sent in 24 hours. I was sort of surprised when I went to pick up the boxes… two boxes?! And one of them was so heavy that I had to put them down on a stoop to rest.
Ta-da! As my friend Carol says, shopping of this magnitude can only be described with one word. Haul. And she is absolutely right. This was a stationery haul. Except for the regular sized Traveler’s notebook, which was about 40% off, the rest of the items were about 70-90% off their retail price.
前幾天收到 Peggy 的訊息說 博客來文具在打折！！！ 我立刻馬上right now 現在的衝到電腦前面開始了瘋狂的 shopping frenzy. 不到半個小時很有效率的買完一些喜歡，使用的文具。 買完的時候， 跟 Peggy 說， 這是史上在博客來買文具最爽的一次！ 大家來看看我的開箱文吧！
The sale prices meant that I got to buy brands, such as Cavallini which I’ve only admired from afar. My biggest surprise were these Moleskine notebooks. I didn’t bother to check the measurements; they were grey and graph paper and I thought they were the pocket sized. Nope. Full sized! (and I paid less than $4 USD for all three of them!) The Cavallini file folders were also some insane price~ around $3 USD too. It’s also as if the Universe heard my thought that I wanted a regular sized Traveler’s Notebook for collecting recipes and food notes, and let it be on sale too.
In addition to the Moleskine notebooks, most of which sold out in a heartbeat, I also added these portfolios to my cart. I think they would be handy for business cards and receipts. I tend to accumulate business cards from restaurants that I like, or want to blog about, so I’m sure these will come in quite handy. They are not colors that I would normally choose, but I’m sure I can cover them with some washi tape to make them more my style.
Another surprise were these post-its. The screenshot only showed the inside, and I was expecting just one pad of lace printed post-its.
So you can imagine my surprise when I opened up the package to find 12 different kinds, three different sizes of cute post-its! I use post-its a lot for work, so this will come in handy.
There were also some stickers, notebooks and that were too tempting (both in design and price) to leave behind. I’m a huge fan of Mark’s stationery already, so I was delighted to find these stickers that I can use in my planner.
This time, I discovered a brand called “Tokyo Antique” that had some lovely stickers and notebooks. Grey is one of my favorite colors, so this notebook also made it into my shopping cart.
Another fabulous surprise were that there were some past-season wash tapes on sale too. These slim ones were about 30 cents per pack. The other ones were a little bit more expensive, but well under a dollar.
I snatched up a few packs and multiple rolls because I use washi tape A LOT, from everywhere in my kitchen, to my desk, in my planner, for work, etc. Another surprise were these stamps from the Japanese company KODOMO NO KAO. If you remember, I picked up my favorite stamp of all time during my trip to Tokyo, and this time, I was able to add these two to my collection. (How cute is that school bus?!!)
So, that in a nutshell was a crazy half hour of a run-of-the-mill week day morning. The stationery shopping spree was fabulous fun, and I want to thank my dear friend Peggy for understanding the sheer joy that I would derive from having these stationery items in my life. Stay tuned and I’ll show you how I’ll be incorporating these items into my everyday lifestyle! Of course, you can always pop over to my Instagram for some sneak peeks.