Spending in San Francisco

office supplies patrick & coWith our upcoming trip to Japan planned, I was able to restrain myself from spending too much in San Francisco. Don’t consider it saving though…consider it delayed spending. (I’m already making my wish list for Japan.)

Patrick and Co. is an old school office supply store much like Pieritz Bros in Oak Park. It is simple and charming and they had an awesome selection of pens and pencils. I’ve never owned a Palomino Blackwing pencil–which is regarded by pencil lovers as the best pencil ever–so I figured I would try out all three versions. I also picked up a Prismacolor Turquoise pencil, just because of its snappy color. And do you remember taking essay tests in the Blue Books? When I saw them on a shelf at Patrick’s I had instant flashbacks of staring at the blank pages in high school and college. I thought it might be fun to write a letter in one. Finally, I bought a bunch of postcards at Patrick’s, too…but those are traveling through the mail. I’m happy that the kind clerk at Patrick’s gave me a bag. (In San Francisco, stores charge ten cents per bag.) Those graphics–including a floppy disk!–are going straight into my San Francisco mini book! midori sakura paper clipsMaido is a sweet Japanese stationery shop that seems to be the go-to spot for Japanese pens and paper items in San Francisco. I’ve been coveting those Midori Cherry Blossom paper clips for a long time…and I didn’t find them the last time I was in Japan, so I bit the bullet and turned over an arm and a leg for them. Totally worth it…they will be used in my datebook and in my future Japan mini book. I also snagged those California stickers to stick on my San Francisco postcards and in my mini book. They are made by Candyspotting and ohmygoodness, they come in every state and you can customize where you put the heart! (I may have Illinois in my Candyspotting shopping cart right now!)coiccoina glueI’ve shared my love for my Coccoina glue stick before and I’ve had my eyes peeled for the glue pot. I finally found it at Arch, an amazing art supply store (and more!). The glue pot is a bit messier than the glue stick (you apply the glue with a teeny brush) but it smells delicious and it is so fun to use! Saturday Morning VintageAt Ex Postal Facto, I splurged on several items in the Saturday Morning Vintage booth. I was so excited to meet Xenia and to see her selections in person. As it turns out, it’s very difficult to resist old paper in person. I bought a giant book of trading stamps, some first day of issue envelopes, an Ex Postal Facto paper pack, some awesome skiing labels, lotto cards and World’s Fair tickets. paper pastries printI picked up this cat print at the Paper Pastries booth. Margaret had so many cute things that I’m having regrets about not shopping more. The cat print is going to hang above the desk…as soon as I decide what else I’m doing up there…(I’ve changed a few things since that post.)confessions of a yakuzaAnd finally, I got Confessions of a Yakuza in a Japan Town bookstore. I bought it for plane reading, but I was too distracted on the flight home to read it. But, it will make excellent reading for the flight to Japan. Naoto and I are obsessed with the Yakuza (Japanese “mafia”) so I figured we would both get some mileage out of this paperback.

So that was my restrained shopping in San Francisco…I think I may have one more post about San Francisco before I start obsessing about Japan again.

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10 thoughts on “Spending in San Francisco

  1. treshiz says:

    The only thing you should do with that blue book is burn it! Bah, so many hand cramps birthed from those things. 🙂 Fun purchase!

  2. jackie says:

    That glue pot looks so yummy! Totally intrigued by those Blackwing pencils, too. Wonderful collection of souvenirs.

  3. Nicole says:

    I LOVE the state stickers & cherry blossom paper clips! Except for the very end, it sounds like you had a great trip!

  4. hey, I discovered your blog recently and have been enjoying it so much! I appreciate all the different subject matter: letters and stationery, personal things, travel, gardening. I feel like not very many people blog this way anymore and I definitely miss that. So I’m glad I found you!

    • kimberly ah says:

      Thank you, Katie! Your comment seriously made my day! I sometimes feel my blog is lacking direction (compared to the niche blogs of today) but I’m glad to know that there are still readers for the personal journal-type blogs…I enjoy those most! 🙂

  5. Rebecca says:

    Those state stickers are so cute! Unfortunately, all stickers in our house get claimed by the preschooler and get stuck everywhere.
    I’ve heard so many good things about Blackwing pencils but have yet to get one, but I love Prismacolor pencils. I like the ones with erasers for sketching.

    • kimberly ah says:

      I’m going to sharpen all four new pencils and try them out tonight (a big step, because I kind of feel like hoarding them!)
      I understand about the sticker thing. Once when I was a kid (and old enough to know better) I stuck a bunch of stickers on my wall…my mom was verrry unhappy.

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