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Stationery Island is a store that specializes in retailing stationery imported from Korea. Their stationery products range from cute notebooks and stickers, to even pencil cases and tote bags.
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The girly instinct in me was what drew me in to the Stationery Island, with its cute stationery items and tote bags, but it was the hefty prices that left me licking my wounds as I made a speedy exit out of the shop.
A few days prior, I had ventured into the shop in a desperate bid to search for a last-minute Christmas present for a (very) early Christmas party I was going to. The assortment of cute items was what mainly attracted my attention, and the vast amounts of cute they have managed to squeeze into one shop was frankly terrifying. In the end, I did settle for a cute canvas pencil case with a Autumn-ish colour palette for my friend, however it ended up pricing at around $14! You pay for quality I suppose, and this is a prime example of that saying. That being said, I was not amused by the hefty price tags of the other items, and even shuddered in horror when I chanced upon a cutesy pen that cost a whopping $3!
The service for the store varies though. The first time I went in, the store keeper gave me a careful "Hello" and asked cautiously if "I needed any help", to which I said I didn't and she didn't pursue the matter and left to me to my own devices. This brand of store service is the kind that I appreciate fully, where I have experienced sales associates become an omnipresent-being stuck to my side as I try to shake them off to browse the products to my hearts content without feeling like I'm being treated like a petty thief. However, the shop was in slight disarray when I came in again today, where one of the storekeepers was seated right in the middle of the walkway going through some stock, which made it quite inconvenient to pass through.
Overall, the Stationery Island is the shop for people who enjoy reveling in cutesy stationery, with a generous price budget. Store service is definitely commendable but not enough to tempt me to unload $9 on a sticker book.
Stationery Island is one of the specialty stationery shops out there that offer adorable vintage-styled pieces with a touch of Korean or Japanese influence. What differentiates them is that they do offer a slightly lower price range from other similar shops, and they have sales that make it all the more worthwhile to purchase their items.
The items are of great quality --I purchased one diary that comes with a plastic cover, and it survived through multiple rounds of being drenched by my terrible leaking water bottle. Not only are the products great for personal use, but they are awesome as gifts as well!
This shop sells really girly-cute stationery, like diaries, pencil cases, notebooks and stickers. I love looking at all the stickers here because they're so pretty and nice. I haven't bought any though, because they are a little on the pricier side, and I don't allocate too much to buying stationery.
However, I've gotten a pencil case from here before, and it cost be around $14. I've never regretted buying it, and it has lasted me for the past 3 years. The pencil case I bought featured patterned animals on a canvas material but covered in a waterproof material - very practical. I once didn't close my marker properly, resulting in a huge leak. I was devastated upon discovering a huge blue stain on the front of the pencil case, and thought that I had to throw it away. However, I just soaked the whole case overnight in water, and the next morning it was completely clean! No scrubbing or soap was involved. I was so happy! The quality of the pencil case from Stationery Island is really good, and I think I can say that about their other items as well.
There are many beautifully designed stationery items available here, ranging from post-its to pencil cases, notebooks and the like. Sometimes, the store even stocks bags and clothes. However, pretty as it may be, the products are overpriced, and one could obtain their scrapbooking material/notebooks from other stationery stores. I've only ever bought one sticker pack from them, as that was the only item much more reasonably priced!
Now, I only enter the shop to do a general browsing of their items- and so do many others. Not only is the stock never changing, the store does not have frequent sales..
Window shop, in. Buying their products, not recommended.
Pretty but not worth the price
The stationeries sold there are really pretty but the price is definitely not worth it. In fact, the stationeries are easily found online and less than half the price tagged in the store. I've never bought anything from it though my friends have. I always face-palm at them, or nag at them, whenever they do because honestly, I think that for the price given, better and more items can be bought. Maybe if the items' prices were lowered, they would have many more customers.
Right now, most people enter the store just to look at the items, to window-shop, like yours truly. I adore the designs of their notebooks, files and pencil cases. There are also novelty items that I really like like their stamp sets and greeting cards. I always consider buying them but leave empty handed because the price is a tad too high for me. I honestly feel that few go with the intention of buying.
Window shopping yes, actual shopping no
I haven't actually bought anything from Stationery Island before because a quick look at the price tags that the merchandise carry often makes me spew a whole bunch of "Why"s in my mind. I'm not really a cute stationery kind of person, but I do enjoy looking at pretty things, so if I pass by it I will drop by sometimes just to look at the paper products (as I do at other stationery shops).
I did get a pencilcase from Stationery Island as a birthday gift before, and it is definitely of good quality as I have been using it for more than 2 years and it is still alive and kicking. Maybe, just maybe, it is worth the price afterall.
Expensive but adorable
I tend to wander into Stationery Island whenever I am at Parkway Parade, and most of the time I always find myself leaving the store bearing grudges against it for its insanely high prices. On days when I feel a little high, and find it within myself to part with my money for some adorable stationery, I usually end up counting my losses at home.
Stationery Island generally imports cute stationery meant for females from Korea. The store retails stationery of all sorts - ranging from cute pens to postcards and even letter sets! Cute seems to be a recurring theme in the store, as pretty much everything there has adorable prints on them, so it would make a perfect gift store if you have a feminine friend who adores stationery in mind.
However, the prices at Stationery Island are insanely high. A set of postcards that I once saw on the web for merely $6 can retail at $12.90 at Stationery Island. Their stickers, which I can seemingly never get enough of, costs at least $2.90 for a small set. However, for this, I am more willing to part with my money, as the stickers are Stationery Island are unique designs that I have yet to spot elsewhere despite my skill at hunting stuff down online.
An adorable stationery store, though the hefty prices hampers my enthusiasm significantly.
Overpriced, pretty items.
They sell really pretty and cute stuff, with most of them imported from Korea I believe. But the prices they are selling at is crazy. A normal organizer can be sold up to 30 bucks? While I know people are willing to invest in a good organizer for the year, such as moleskin. But 30 bucks for something quite common isn't very pocket friendly.
I've seen the exact same item being sold at other places for about $8 - and I bought the one from Stationery Island because I'm a sucker for packaging, and that's one of the reason why I'm ranting that this shop is pretty expensive.
Prices aside, they do sell really cute and pretty items like lomo stickers, stamp sets, sticker books etc. A very girly and feminine place, but some of the items can be easily purchased online at a fraction of the retailing price.