One of the delightful things I've discovered in my craft supply addiction is "warehouse sales" or "warehouse boxes". Paper manufacturers seem to do this once or twice a year to clear out stock before new lines are released. In many cases they have an open sale at their warehouse, which doesn't help me because I don't think any of the companies I love are in Seattle. BUT many of them sell "warehouse boxes" online - a grab box of goodies for one flat price.
I love, love, love the surprise element here. Especially if I choose a manufacturer where I like most of their designs and products. Not to mention it's usually a screamin' deal per piece compared to retail prices.
Last week I ordered a box from Pink Paislee. I actually wasn't very familiar with their recent products, except for the very excellent Portfolio line, but a quick search online gave me the impression that I'd like a lot of their stuff. It was around $56 including shipping, and arrived in one of the USPS Medium Flat Rate boxes, packed full.
It was amazing! In total, I got 34 items in the box, each with retail prices from $2.99 up to $28. Nearly all of it was stuff I would use - there were just a few things that were a little too boho, floral, vintage, or cottage/shabby for my taste. But the items were all from recent collections: City Sidewalks (Christmas), Christy Tomlinson, Luxe (yay!), Portfolio, Secret Crush (Valentine's), Artisan, and Heidi Swapp.
|oh, my goodness, Pink Paislee.|
The lot included a ton of paper - a 6x6 pack, two 8x8 packs, a 12x12 collection pack, and a stack of around 28 12x12 sheets from all of the collections. I also got a few mini albums, embellishments, stickers, rub-ons and masks for stenciling or misting.
The big surprise for me was discovering the Luxe line. It is AMAZING. Shiny, simple and geometric. I want all of it now, so maybe Pink Paislee will get me at retail price for the rest of the collection! The gold and silver paper pack is available with Amazon Prime, so I just 1-clicked it. Woot.
I found someone who wanted a few of the things that were not my style so we arranged a trade, which means I'll get a few more items I can use. I'm pretty excited about that, even if I'm not able to sell or trade the remaining few pieces that aren't my style. (T can always use more crafting supplies, right?)
Here's a complete list of what I got in my box (be amazed, papercrafters!):
28 sheets of 12x12 papers from all collections
12x12 paper pack in copper/black
2 packs of rub-ons
3 placemats/masks in gold and silver
8x8 paper pack
2 packs of mistable fabric trim
2 packs of puffy stickers
8x8 resist paper pack
canvas album covers
6x6 paper pack
3 packs of rub-ons
3 wood mini albums (heart, star, scroll)
Hope Chest: (will be finding a new home for these)
burlap butterfly embellishments
Cottage Farms: (will be finding a new home for these too)
This was definitely a great deal, and the anticipation of delivery and the fun of pulling tons of little things out of the box made my weekend even better. I'd totally buy this again.
So, have you gotten one of these magic boxes? From where? Did you like it?