THIS & THAT
- < $20
- < $50
- < $100
What is your favourite colour? This & That is an all new exciting concept stocked with the latest stationery, gifts and lifestyle products. What's more, with a vast array of vibrant colours, you will be sure to find something you like! Check us out now!
I've also noticed that This & That seems to hold frequent sales. Prices can be slashed as much as 50% and even those on a very tight budget can purchase some really cool stuff. For example, I once got myself a mini whiteboard with a marker thrown in for just $1!
Overall, This & That is a pretty cool place. Although, I can't help feeling that I'm in Comics Connection whenever I visit. Perhaps they can spruce up their interior to distinguish themselves from Comics Connection, because right now, the shop even has the typical shiny white flooring I've seen in Comics Connection outlets.
The vast expanse of cutesy stationary and notebooks and plushies are abominable. But then again, I have a thing against associating myself with anything too cutesy. So I'm pretty sure I'm being that tad too biased in my review. But it would definitely satiate YOUR cutesy desires if you like them. I have nothing against other people and cutesy.
Oh. There's also an entire corner dedicated to k-pop collectibles and the sorts. Which I honestly never ever found reason to venture to. Reason being why I never frequented Comics Connection.
On a brighter note. This & That does offer really affordable stationary. Just maybe not the bags or plushies.
As much as Comics Connection.
Contrary to my listed review, I think Comics Connection is a pointless place for very pointless people. Hate on me, I can handle that. Make me go into Comics Connection, and I will cry to my ancestors for humanity.
So it is a bad association that I'm putting these two together.
I came here with friends who wanted to check out every other outlet in Star Vista and I was fine by it. They ooh-ed and aah-ed at the soft toys and little quirks and Super Junior collectibles while I stood awkwardly in a corner looking at sweets and feeling really hungry. See, they could even infect me, a anti-baffling-store person to purchase a pack of sweets. It says something, this place is really not a good place to feel rich at.
Well my friends ended up not buying anything so our only purchase was a pack of sweets that I highly enjoyed but that I can get anywhere else so.
Come here if you're looking for fan stuff or cute stuff or stationary stuff and just everything your under-18 will adore.
Personally, I am not a KPop fan, nor am I a Koreanophile, but THIS & THAT manages to draw me in despite this. Beyond the shelves of Korean mugs, posters, accessories and iPhone covers, lie quirky cute pens, notebooks and post-it pads.
I am quite taken with the pens that THIS & THAT sells. Their pens retail for around $1 - $2, and they are surprisingly durable despite how cheap they sell for. The ink runs smoothly, and does not blotch much. The pens are also very thin and are packaged in cute, colourful patterns, so they are easy and convenient to carry around, as well as extremely easy on the eyes, which is why I somehow always find myself going back to THIS & THAT to get new pens once mine run out.
THIS & THAT is definitely a haven for KPop fans or fans of Korea. For non-fans like myself, the lovely stationery in stock will definitely capture your attention!
The only difference when I walk into This and That at Jcube, my eyes were fixed at the television screen. They were screening KPOP concerts! Spent about 10 minutes staring at the screen (Yes I'm a KPOP fan, don't judge). The best part is; the shop attendant didn't even interrupt. To return the favour, I made a purchase. A pen that cost a dollar (I was tight on budget).
All in all, the atmosphere was splendid. I mean, who doesn't appreciate free music?
Yes, the first thing I noticed when I walked into THIS & THAT were the KPop mugs at the corner of the entrance at JCube. I then started to walk around and found out that half the store was selling KPop items, from stationery to tees and even to iPhone covers!
Non-KPop fans, or antis, fret not, for the other half of the shop is 'normal', in your terms I guess. They also have mugs that do not show the faces of Korean stars, such as "Keep Calm" mugs and other innovative designs. Something else that seemed to catch my attention was that majority, otherwise all, of the items are from Korea! Take a good look, and ou will see Korean words on most of the products there, like the notebooks and notepads. They even sell Korean-style bags, although it is rather costly, ranging between $79 and $100+. Wonder if Korea sells these things cheaper though. I believe there are non-Korean-at-all items for sale too, but I didn't really go and take note of every item there. It just so happened that the few things I was taking notice of appeared to be from Korea, unless I am simply naive to think that by having Korean words means that the item comes from Korea...
Overall, I think fans of Korea or the KPop world will love this place. Can actually imagine them spazzing over the different KPop products sold at THIS & THAT. But I feel that this shop is definitely worth taking a look, whether you are a fan or not. You might end up finding something that you want/need eventually...!
However, the store doesn't just solely focus on KPOP items, they also sell bags and stationery products as well. The bags are mostly humongous haversacks. They cost around S$90+. Judging from the size, I would say it's reasonable. No problem if you were to stuff your laptop and sleeping bag inside. Although it's going to get rather bulky and unsightly.
The pencil cases are really pretty. They looked as if they're handmade. Each costs about S$5.90+. They have a large collection of pens and notebooks as well. Pretty similar to Artbox, just that it's a lot cheaper. Though it doesn't mean that the quality's lousy. Nope, I've been using the pens for months now. They're really long-lasting, no leaking was experienced.
The store has only one shop assistant. I went there during Sunday, hence, there were a lot of customers. The paying procedure took me about 5 minutes because another shopper needed assistance. The shop assistant/cashier was courteous as she apologized for the long wait. Other than that, I have no complains. The store was spacious and brightly lit. There's many varieties to choose from.
All-in-all, I had fun!