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Where do you buy your stationery supplies? Good stationery stores, supermarkets, dollar stores, flea markets, Etsy?  I find myself constantly having dilemma whether to buy more cheaper things or less, but of higher quality.

What are your stationery shopping habits?

Date: 2017-06-10 02:51 pm (UTC)
lunabee34: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lunabee34
I'm in the US and these are my go-to places:

Michael's always has really cute, quirky note cards for between 50 cents and 1.50. Michael's also has washi tape, and I got my Faber Castell Pitt Art pen there (it was on sale). I also found some really cool stickers there. Their whole planner section is full of all sorts of amazing stuff: stickers, stamps, little tags to put on pages.

Wal-Mart has washi tape that is much cheaper than Michael's but it's a limited supply. I got my Papermate Flairs on sale at Wal-Mart and also some other pens.

My best friend keeps me in fountain pen ink. I did buy some cheap cartridges from Amazon that are just fine.

And I bought some Tombow brush pens on Amazon but I can't make them write like anything other than markers yet.

I think as far as price range goes, I would spend more money on pens than anything else. A good pen is priceless.
Edited Date: 2017-06-10 07:34 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-06-14 08:49 pm (UTC)
used_songs: (Sundial)
From: [personal profile] used_songs
Agree on the pens. I love pens, especially really good ones.

Date: 2017-06-10 03:18 pm (UTC)
swingandswirl: (kitten paper ball)
From: [personal profile] swingandswirl
When I was in the US, I bought stickers mostly off Etsy - sales made things cheap, and I limited myself to filling two mini binders from Target because I knew I'd be moving at some point. I'd buy notebooks from TJ Maxx, mostly - you'd find surprisingly good quality paper for pretty cheap there, sometimes, and ball point pens and random paper goods from Target's dollar section.

Now I live in India, where decent quality fountain pens, and ink, are pretty cheap - it boggles my mind that they're considered an exotic / luxury item in the US, I've been using them since I was a kid. Paper quality has been getting better, and I currently use a slightly fancy notebook brand I buy at the local bookstore for my bullet journal. I've switched from using stickers to mostly colouring / lettering, and for that I mostly use colour pencils and ballpoint pens meant for students. Maybe once I'm working again I'll upgrade, but for the moment the quality suits me fine.

As a general, I prefer having fewer, nicer things (preferably bought on sale) as moving as many times as I have in the past decade has given me a vague horror of acquiring more Stuff. My general rule is, if I don't want to ship/haul it across the Atlantic, I don't buy it.

Date: 2017-06-10 03:40 pm (UTC)
peartreealley: (Default)
From: [personal profile] peartreealley
In the US, I usually did Amazon and Goulet Pens. Mostly because I hate shopping and default to online given half a chance XD (And I lived in the Seattle, so Amazon was technically supporting a local business.) If not online, I had a habit of buying blank books as souvenirs on trips or if out with friends. I still have piles of half used blank books, although I recently finished off my stacks of "back to school sale" Mead notebooks.

(Before online shopping was so prevalent, it would have been Barnes and Nobles and Staples/Office Depot and such.)

Since I moved to the UK last year, Goulet is now out of reach, and I've been using Amazon.uk a lot more because it's familiar in a time of a lot of unfamiliarity XD I also use Pure Pens on occasion (only people in the UK that carry Noodler's Ink), and Etsy UK sellers. Occasionally I pick up things from the journal/stationary parts of bookstores I've wandered into.

I tend to use mid-range stuff--Lamy Al Star fountain pens are about as high end as my pens get, but I wouldn't go lower quality. (Granted, I have about half a dozen of them.) I'm currently using Pukka Pads as my "throwaway" notebook paper because it is well-priced and decent quality, and I got my Fauxdori Traveler's notebook from a UK seller, and buy inserts from her as well. I've tried Leuchtturm 1917, Rhodia, Clairefontaine, and Moleskine over the years, but I'm content to Pukka Pads and TN inserts. They're good enough and much more affordable ^_^

I don't tend to be happy with the quality of "cheap" stuff (especially with my fountain pen and specialty ink fetish), and I have moved frequently and expect to continue moving frequently in the future. So a box of mid-range (with the occasional high-end splurge) supplies to schlep around suits me well.
Edited Date: 2017-06-10 03:52 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-06-10 05:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
There are a couple of good indie stationers near me, or at least, near where I work (big US city). I give them money when I can because I want them to stay alive!

Otherwise, jetpens.com has some reliable things. They overpackage their shipments, so I try to wait and bundle my orders (multiple things in one envelope/box).

Date: 2017-06-10 11:30 pm (UTC)
yhlee: kitty using bullet journal as pillow (bullet journal)
From: [personal profile] yhlee
I usually rely on jetpens.com and Goulet Pens (I'm in the USA). I like higher quality paper (Tomoe River!!!) but man, that stuff adds up fast, and I go through notebooks fast. I also like Leuchtturm 1917 (sp?) dot-grid notebooks and wish I could afford to use them for all my writing projects and bullet journaling.

Date: 2017-06-14 04:43 am (UTC)
gwaihiril: "Gwaihiril, Lady of the Wind", photo of an eagle (Default)
From: [personal profile] gwaihiril
Hah, these are my go to places as well. My current notebook and pen are from Goulet Pens. I have a Rhodia notebook which I love, but I keep thinking about trying Tomoe River or a Leuchtturm 1917.

Date: 2017-06-11 01:15 am (UTC)
batsybeth: (Yuuko)
From: [personal profile] batsybeth
I'm in the UK and I tend to buy my notebooks either from TK Maxx or Paperchase - although recently I bought a really cute holographic covered one from WH Smiths for a good price. If I'm looking for something cheaper The Works has some really good notebooks depending on what stock they have in at the time.

With pens I can get incredibly stingy and just go for a huge bag of cheap black ball point pens, which tends to be one of my go-to drawing tools anyways so it's a bonus for me.
However, once in a while when I have the cash to spend, I go to Hobbycraft to get some of their gel pens (there are some really lovely dark metallic ones that had such a good flow and were really fun to write with).
Edited Date: 2017-06-11 01:17 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-06-19 03:56 am (UTC)
laurafoster327: (Pen)
From: [personal profile] laurafoster327
If you plan on keeping your journals for decades, and maybe even passing them along to future family members (kids, grand-kids, etc.), I say go with the more expensive/better quality products.

I get a lot of my journals at Indigo Books (Canadian), and my supplies from different places (Michaels, Staples, Walmart, dollar stores, and online (recently bought some really cute stickers from Etsy).

I want to get a good fountain pen, most likely from gouletpens.com and start learning to use one of those. Lately I find that using cheap products only makes me not enjoy journaling as much. I had a cheap pen from the dollar store that started skipping, so I threw it out. Yes, there was ink still inside of it, but the pages started to look crappy. I switched to a pen that was a few dollars more, and the writing is smooth again.

Personally, I also need to stop spending (if one of my favourite pens lasts a few months, and I have a 24-pack, I shouldn't stock up on boxes and boxes of them just because they're on sale, there will always be sales once my first box is gone).

Sorry for the long comment. Happy writing!


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