Are you like me? – Do simple things like finding a perfect chic pen that glides through hefty stock paper beneath your jaded hands make you sail over to a happy euphoria? Have you ever wondered why every tape dispenser is an eye sore? Are you perpetually cruising the information superhighway to see if you can have a stylish, aesthetically pleasing desk like the rest of your furniture? MUJI has been my compromising answer for years, but they are lacking in items I desperately need and the modular clear box was never intended for a specific desk design. Can I please have a chic place to display my embarrassing obsession with Post-its?
A few months ago, Amanda ended my endless hunt she guided me to poppin —it’s the Apple store for your stationary needs. Due to a feature in a DailyCandy e-blast, the site was slow and was down for couple hours. I’m left chanting, “I’m an adult I can wait for a day” throughout the day. The very next day I can almost taste the holy grail of their sleek, white tape dispenser, I’m giggling like a pure fool. Amanda and I get our order together and are finally at the checkout, only to experience the equivalent to a cyber-slap-in-your-face: they do not take Amex. So, we did what our web clients do—we wrote them an email. And in dazzling Rescue Beauty dot com style, a representative named Brandon replied to us within half an hour. After lifting a brow, concealing my impressiveness, they promised to have Amex available with in a month and even offered to see if we want send them a check!
Pretending to be a back to school kid, I’ve counted the days like an idiot, and visited the site exactly a month later and pop!—there was an Amex logo right in front of my eyes. And, yes, I’m well aware that I’m 41-years-old and I’m shamelessly doing the victory dance over cute stationary products.
Couple days later after we place the order…
Amanda: (breathless) Ji! They are featured on Fab.com today!
Me: Really? Did we get jipped?
Me: If it’s going to be like the books that I ordered from them that took a month to arrive, I’m not interesting waiting that long from Fab.com.
Amanda: True, I’m still receiving wonky shipping email notifications for a headset I ordered a over month ago and received three weeks ago…
Me: I can’t wait —I needed them like last month!
*Gasp!* Our poppin order has arrived —3-business days for delivery? Excellent.
Okay, they are way too cute with their business cards, a handwritten note and their packaging—don’t even think about it, it’s an impossible task for us with our orders, but I do have a surprise for the Firebird Collection in my back pocket…
Believe it – even their bubble packaging is quirky and cool.
I’m experiencing serious case of print, logo envy and finding myself actually pouting.
Me: Amanda—how do they afford to do all these with their price points?
Amanda: I know this is insane with all their logo engraved everywhere.
Me: It has to be made in China.
Amanda: Look, but look how cute they worded it – “Dreamt up in New York, made well in China”
After filling our new desk caddy…
(the note says “I need Firebird STAT!” by the way…)
Me: Holy S*** Amanda come look!
Amanda: (with fainting voice) Oh—my—-god……..
They fit our nail polishes oh so perfectly.
Note: I’m perplexed as to why they do not market their merits of free shipping over $50 until we reach checkout, but they do! And my favorite part – they claim their products are guaranteed for life. All the more reason to love poppin!