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Paperchase for me is like a grotto of colourful, beautiful and unusual items. I love all things original, quirky and a bit neon and bright and this place seems to tick all my boxes for stationary and house needs. It's weird as I feel like a kid in a sweet shop when I'm in here and I get excited even at postcards, it's like they put a spell on you as you walk through the door.
Paperchase is a stationary store which has its own chain of just under 100 stores around the UK and has their own online store at www.paperchase.co.uk. They also have little shops in House of Fraser and John Lewis which I get equally excited about.
Paperchase stocks loads of stationary items such as notebooks, scrapbooks, files, pens, pencils, sharpeners etc. They have loads of different designs each season including flags, cartoon people, birds, foxes - you name it they will probably have it at some point. Not only is the stationary in this pattern there are photo frames, lunch boxes, bottles and even hot water bottles so you can have multiple matching accessories. I find that having about 20 items per pattern range causes problems for me as I just look at everything, I mean why do I want badge? I don't but I look because everything seems so pretty.
Most items are printed with a pattern if plastic but some woollen feel hot water bottle covers are stitched and some pens have sequins on them.
I buy my diary yearly as it runs for the academic year which I prefer and has 7 days per page with a note page opposite meaning I have plenty of room to write my bits and bobs down. Two years in a row I have bought one with owls on the front as I love owls and it also has a nice little zip folder in the back for keeping important notes safe (I love this feature of their diaries). The bonus is it is only £8 which at first I thought was expensive but actually for a year and with the little features it is a good value. This diary is A5 but they also have the little A6 ones too and there are plenty of designs to choose from.
In the Notts store the whole left side is covered in greetings cards which are cartoon, comedy and available for all occasions. It is a nice place for cards as they are unusual and I don't think your recipients will have received cards like these.
At the back of the Notts store there is a whole load of papers in different colours and thicknesses, card, envelopes and allsorts of art and crafts. I even found some lovely pearlised cards which were great to use as colour swatches for my wedding colour scheme last year. There are also lovely handmade papers which look like newspapers and even patchworks and they feel lovely and have different textures. This shop would be wonderful for someone studying art or who just enjoys it as there are a vast quantity of materials available. They also have 10% off for students with valid cards. The papers are from A1 size down and are from about £1 per sheet up. There are even paper punchers to cut out shapes within the card which would look great as embellishments if you were into card making, also sequins and gems which I find ever so pretty but have no use for.
There are wedding albums, scrapbooks and normal photo albums with different spines and ways to store your cards in them from sticking photos to sliding them in the files.
Now Christmas is the best time of year t go into this store. There were mini baubles, large baubles, stags heads, trees in different colours, cards, individual handmade baubles, wreathes and lights. It is so glittery, colourful, unusual and pretty. I visited the store to get an idea of what I wanted then ordered online. I ordered 100 mini baubles which were glass and hand-blown all having different colours and swirls. There was one missing when they turned up but the online team were fab and sent me an extra 6 to make up for it! My 3ft tree was overflowing!
I got a porcelain stags head for £6 which is still up now and looks lovely in my living room.
Lovely set of 3 tree glass ornaments and 2 snow globe ornaments for £8 each which are very high quality and I really did not want to pack away. These ornaments all got so much attention at Christmas and it made me feel more special that I had treated myself to some better quality ornaments this year.
I would recommend Paperchase to anyone that likes quirky finds and gifts for others. It is a fab shop if you have that excited inner child and you just want to smile for 15 minutes; just be prepared to spend a lot of money!
(review may be seen on ciao under the name FrostBit)
I think we all feel the same whenever we have to go out and get some kind of stationery, it's a fun experience isn't it? I felt that way the whole way through school, it made the work ahead seem like it might be fun or more enjoyable if I was using certain pens or books etc.
Paperchase was always what I aimed for, especially in my later years of education.
They range from very basic, very plain books and organisers made of that brown papery/cardboard stuff that we all associate with packages, even though it's plain it's still really good. I use the small little brown books for writing ideas in, they're really handy. They're also the cheapest stuff in the place, generally around the £3 mark.
Then they range into the novelty cards. Paperchase's cards are so funny, I stood in one of their shops (Glasgow) with a friend and we must've spent about 20 minutes reading the fronts of cards and just laughing. They range from graphics based cards with a big picture on the front right the way down to a simple textured off-white and type-writer font jokes. All of which are equally as effective and all very much a special way to show someone you're thinking of them, great quality, great humour, brilliant.
Then there are the more expensive books and writing equipment, this is more what paperchase are known for. I bought a diary, black on the outside with a bit of texture, 2013 subtly embossed across the cover, a day to a page, it was fantastic. I wrote in that diary every day this year and I loved it. It's still in near-perfect condition too, the cover is sturdy and the pages are good quality so there have been no accidental creases, no dog-earing that we all hate, it's amazing. I've already bought 2014's diary, I'm so excited to get started.
They do all sorts of books, colourful, lined, plain, ring bound, stitched, textured, smooth, the variety is great, deciding is an experience in itself, you enjoy picturing what you'd fill each book with to come to a conclusive "this is the one I'm buying" This is mainly because they are a tad more expensive than your usual WHSmiths for example. The books range from something like £10 to £20.
Generally towards the back of their stores they cater for specialist art supplies, high quality coloured paper, sketchbooks, folders and portfolios, paints etc. They're all great, especially if you wanted to scrapbook. Those kinds of projects are what they have in mind in my opinion. The sketchbooks are lovely, some with white paper and even some with black paper for those budding photographers out there wanting to display their work in something with a real professional touch.
One great thing I usually go to paperchase for is wrapping paper, they do exquisite wrapping paper. I am such a lousy wrapper, I can't wrap for my life, and with the paperchase wrapping paper it almost looks professional. It's so high quality, so easy to work with, so simple and classy that you just can't go wrong, you really can't.
They have a great website, laid out so well, within 10 seconds you've found whatever it is you're looking for and it tells you all you need to know. They'll also give you free delivery on any orders over £30 so it may be worth thinking of a few products you need and get them all at once rather than just getting one thing to pay for delivery, then everyone's a winner!
Generally we see paperchase as the more expensive side of the market and true, I agree, but that's the novelty of it. I go to paperchase for a book that's going to last, a book I'll be proud to carry around and want to work in. Yes, I go occasionally but when I'm in there for a purpose, to find a great book to get started on filling, I can't argue.
They also have a student discount of 10%, which isn't the most generous of discounts, but heck every little helps. It makes everything that little more appealing.
Paperchase is the shop I think I couldn't do without.
It's one of the only survivors of a dying breed of shop, I can't think of any high street shop that sell cards and stationery almost exclusively which is such a shame.
Paperchase is quirky and fun. They sell a really great range of greetings cards for every occasion and the thing that sets them apart from everyone else is that they don't have the same old cards you see in every other card shop. I can pretty much guarantee to find something that bit different (finding a card for my friends' civil partnership was easy!). They also have a great range of wrapping papers, pens and diary's and journals.
They also sell a quirky range of stationery, pens and all manner of fun and 'kitschy' things for example I have a plastic pepper money box that always gets comments when people see it on my kitchen window!
The only downside is they can be a little on the pricey side at times, but for me it's worth the extra spend to have something that bit different that you can't find anywhere else.
I heart paperchase, and next time you are passing one you should pop in and see what you can find!
To start with, the customers service at Paperchase is absolutely fantastic, but that's probably because the staff get to look at all the quirky items all day.
Paperchase is one of my favourite shops, it's basically a really good stationary/card shop, but it sells quite unique stationary almost in the style of tokidoki. You can go in there and buy a gift and the paper to wrap it!
The products are quite good qualityand reasonably priced, they sells sketchbooks, photo albums, lunch tins, bags, passport cases etc. I usually buy sketchbooks and photo albums. The books with binding I would avoid as the paper tends to falls out if you use them, but it's lucky they usually have multiple variety of products.
You can buy off the website and look at various ranges, the thing I like about Paperchase that it can cater for practically everyone's needs, there's even things in there for my boyfriend. I can go in there and feel grumpy and come out feeling a lot better because it's very visually stimulating - and the Paperchase local to me is inside a Waterstone's store with a Costa cafe - so it's a win win situation!
I have decided to write a review about Paperchase as it is one of my favourite shops, possibly even my absolute favourite! I first came accross Paperchase, when my local Borders opened, and there was a Paperchase section within it. When Borders closed down I was gutted! Partly because I was losing my favourite bookshop, but mainly because of the loss of Paperchase. When I went off to university in High Wycombe, I was thrilled to go into the House of Fraser there and see there was a Paperchase shop inside. I then returned to my home city, York, during the holidays, and discovered that a big Paperchase shop had opened in town!
So for those of you who are not familiar with Paperchase, they sell mainly stationery. A lot of people think this is all they sell, but they actually have quite a wide range of things including phone cases, photo frames, aprons, teapots, teatowels, wrapping paper, greeting cards, decorative items, bags, purses, and keyrings. Paperchase items are known for being a bit quirky, and most of their stuff is colourful and/or patterned. They normally bring out a range of items with the same pattern or design. For example, for christmas I recived a photo frame from there with a colourful owl design on it, and in the shop I have also noticed various other items with this same pattern. I personally think the products are of high quality, and I have never had a problem with anything I've bought from there.
Paperchase is generally thought of as quite expensive by most people I know, and I agree to a certain extent. For example if you bought a biro pen from paperchase, you might be looking at paying around £2, but it will look nice and probably have a funky design. For me, it's too expensive to shop there all the time, or to buy all my stationery from there, but it's acceptable to treat myself to something every couple of weeks. If you're not someone who cares about having items with quirky designs on them and would rather just have something that does the job it is required to do, then I think you would find Paperchase expensive, as you are essentially paying for not only the product, but the name and the design too. If like me you absolutely love the Paperchase designs and like having colourful and patterned things then you may be able to justify the slightly high prices every now and then, like I do!
I can only comment on what I have experienced, which is not a lot in this department. I have never had any problems with any products from Paperchase so have never had to speak to anyone about anything like that. In store, there don't seem to be many members of staff on the shop floor, I only really notice the ones behind the till. With the York store being quite large there is sometimes a couple of members of staff restocking products, and they tend to smile at you so that they seem approachable, but I have never been asked by a member of staff if I need any help of anything. I personally don't think that's a particularly bad thing, as long as they are helpful if anyone does ask them anything. The staff at the till point have always been friendly and chatty so no complaints there.
To conclude, I love Paperchase and it's amazingly cute and colourful products! It is a bit expensive, but worth it if you appreciate quirky items! It has a good range, which seems to be added to and changed frequently, so there's normally something new in the store for me to gawp at. No complaints!
I came across Paperchase properly for the first time last year in Chester. Before this I don't think I had ever heard of it. Since then I have become a regular in the Chester & Cambridge stores, as well as any other city centre I see it in. It did used to be in some Borders stores as well, but they have since closed down.
Sometimes I go in to just browse as there is just such a wide range of fun things available. However when I go in intending to browse I end up leaving with a purchase or two. My most recent purchase was a writing set from the 'Happy Noodle' range - it includes paper, envelopes, character stickers & address labels. It's design is light blue, with food based cartoon character's on it - I find it quite fun to look at & use.
Paperchase doesn't just sell writing paper. It has a variety of items, from cards to stationary to novelty items; frames, wrapping paper, filofaxes, bags & decorations are just some of the items available. The items available aren't just novelty - there are plenty of functional items available, such as card, filofaxes, diaries and more. There is usually a set range of items that seem to always be in-store, such as frames and notebooks, whilst several new designs are brought in every season. Other than the 'Happy Noodle' design there are several wedding based themes available at the moment.
Although there is a wide range of items available, both novelty & functional, there is a minor drawback to Paperchase. That is the price. Whilst some items can be quite reasonable in price compared to most high street stores, other items are sometimes ridiculously expensive. However some of this expense can be explained away as you are paying for high quality items.
The stores I have been into a generally well laid out, with plenty of stands full of items to look out. However, I have found that when the shop starts to get busy it can be a bit of a crush (in some parts of the Chester store) but this is no major problem. The shops are well-organised, with items generally being sorted by themes. I have never really found them to be out of stock; whenever I go in I am always able to find what exactly I'm looking for, everything has the price label still attached & the staff seem to keep everything in its proper section - keeping the shop organised. I have yet to have had any problems with the store, the staff or any of the items I have purchased - and I doubt I will in the future either.
All in all I would definitely recommend a visit to Paperchase - it's great for little treats to yourself, or gifts for friends. And even if you don't want to spend a lot, you may find a little quirky item, or just enjoy looking at some of the fun items on offer.
At first I believed that Paperchase was just a shop with overpriced (but funky) stationery. After looking around I reaaly have changed my mind.
You can find Paperchase products in their high-street stores, in House of Fraser or online at www.amazon.co.uk. I have never ordered them off the internet but as they are sold directly through amazon then I assume they are genuine.
Paperchase stores are always laid out well although they have so many products that they can be squashed at times. Most of the products are sorted by either design or type.
The nearest place for me is in my local House of Fraser, Paperchase have been allocated a small corner of the store so going when it's busy is a real no-no.
In my opinion the prices in Paperchase are reasonable but can sometimes be on the expensive side. Buying individual pens and pencils often works out expensive because they charge around £1 upwards each. However, Paperchase also offer product ranges like beauty, decoration, diaries and journals, housewares (i.e photo frames) lunchboxes, general stationery and quirky gift type items. Generally, I find that these items are far better priced especially for the quality and also becuse of how unique they are.
Paperchase tend to bring in a new design each season. This design is used on anything from bags to ringbinders to pencils. The current design used is called 'Happy Noodle' this features a light blue background with cute animal characters and surprisingly, bowls of noodles.
Should you ever need help in the stores, staff are always around and more than willing to help you out. They can also order products in if they aren't available at the moment or reserve something for the day if you want to think about it whilst you shop.
Overall I love this shop for its funky designs, reasonable prices and great customer service.
I have always liked cool looking stationary, and when I found Paperchase, I thought it was a pretty damn cool store. They sell all sorts of stationary items, plus other things too.
They sell things like notebooks, diaries, scrap books, photo albums, box files, folders, notecards, journals, writing sets and magazine files. These all come in a huge range of different colors, patterns and images. You can also buy Greetings Cards, pencil cases, candles, keyrings, gift bags, gift wrap, badges, bookmarks, napkins, photo frames, soft toys, bags, umbrellas and doormats. There is also many other items for sale, I bought a really cool, small, pink christmas tree from them last christmas.
Paperchase have stores in quite a few towns across the UK and you can find your nearest one on their website www.paperchase.co.uk. The stores always look very neat and tidy, with everything set out in easy to browse sections, and everything is clearly priced. The prices are quite high, but the quality is good, so once in a while a nice treat from Paperchase is a good thing, but you can easily spend a fortune on products in here.
The staff in Paperchase are usually quite helpful, but not majorlly friendly. They will help you to find what you need, but usually do so in as little conversation as they can. The staff are usually well presented. I have never had to return any item I bought from Paperchase, and all items I have bought have lasted, no wearing or tearing.
Paperchase is a good store to buy from, especially when they have a sale as you can get some real good bargains. Do not go in here expecting to buy lots of things for a decent price, it won't happen, you need some cash (or card lol) to shop in here! I do recommend this store, but will be only giving it a 4 out of 5 due to high prices.
Now I don't know about you, but I love my stationary to be quirky, attention-grabbing and fun. Paperchase caters to all three of these needs. Just seeing this shop as I walk by invites me in, with it's colourful products and intriguing patterns enticing me from the doorway!
They have every type of stationary going - pens, pencils, rubbers, folders, notebooks, pencil cases, files, diaries, journals etc etc, the list is endless! All of them are available in a variety of different and imaginative designs that burst with colour.
And it's not just stationary they do, either. They have reasonable priced gift cards and wrapping paper for every occasion, again all designed with that inventive quirkiness that Paperchase do so well. Whether it's season greetings or a many happy returns, there's bound to be something to suit your needs!
It's also a great little shop for present buying, too. They have normal products, such as keyrings and candles, and they also have items which are more 'far out' and out of the norm, such as cake plates, or funky patterned playing cards, for example!
My only qualm is that, pretty the products may be, the quirkiness does come at a little bit of a price. You could probably buy main stationary products at a cheaper price elsewhere, although it's likely that they won't be as cute or funky as Paperchase.
To conclude; go and pay a visit to Paperchase. If it's imaginative designs or quirky products you're looking for, you won't be disappointed!
I adore Paperchase. From the pokey little one at Leeds Station, to the vast "superstore" on Tottenham Court Road- I can't get enough of their stationery!
It's clearly a habit I picked up from my mother, which makes buying her birthday presents very easy! Everything from the present, to the card, to the wrapping can be bought under one (usually tiny) roof. We have both found waiting times in Victoria station to be expensive, if a detour is made to Paperchase.
They stock writing paper, notebooks, pens, cards, wrapping paper, photo albums, paperclips, desk tidys, gift bags.... you get the general idea. But they also stock the odd unexpected item too; I once picked up a set of food storage containers in there which were beyond cute!
They are excellent for matching sets of stationery- a pen, pencilcase and notebook for example all featuring the same design, which, again, makes for the perfect gift! And their gift wrap is also brilliant, from the plain t o the ornate and strokeable- it's a wicked selection.
I confess to being a stationery nerd, and Paperchase is affordable enough to satisfy my stationery lust. However, those less enamoured with such items can also make good use of Paperchase, if for nothing else than for their handy locations in many stations around the country- perfect for that last minute birthday card!
I first became aware of the brand Paperchase around 15 years ago when a small card shop in the centre of the town had a stationery section and if you bought anything from this section of the store, you would have it packed in a Paperchase bag. So I was delighted to see a whole Paperchase store open up in the Highcross shopping centre in Leicester last year.
Paperchase is easily my favourite shop as it seems to sell everything "me" ! If you have not visited a Paperchase store, it is basically a stationery shop with benefits. The store is simply laid out with double sided display stands with items on all from a certain design or pattern. As an example- there is a display of Easter items at the moment with white rabbit candles, felt bags, Easter stickers, Easter bunting etc., Other stands will have items with a geometric pattern on- notebooks, a lunchbox, candles, ball pens.
There are around four to six such stands with assorted items co-ordinated by pattern. In the store all down one wall, they have individual cards- greetings cards, birthday cards, postcards and currently Easter cards (individually or in packs of five). They also have a pen section where they set out hundreds of pens assorted by colour. And there is also a random gifts section- with novelty items such as a cassette tape sellotape dispenser, egg and bacon plasters, pac-man ice cube trays.
I noticed when I was in the store yesterday, they are now selling art supplies as they had tubes and sets of acrylic paints. They sell individual sheets of coloured paper A4, A5 and other sizes. Plus coloured card and different sized envelopes. They sell sheets of A2 handmade papers and also have sections for journals, diaries, recipe books, garden journals, plain notepads, things like staples, ink cartridges, packs of handmade writing paper.
On the whole they only sell Paperchase products- so you will get a Paperchase notepad or a Paperchase set of handmade writing paper with a few envelopes. But they do sell some branded items like Tippex, post-it notes, Black & Red brand notepads. There is also a series of mirrored locked cabinets that sells more expensive pens, cufflinks and things like funky gadgets/ alarm clocks/ calculators. They have a stand that is just stickers and a whole section of wrapping paper, coloured lengths of ribbon, gift bags, perspex boxes and gift boxes....
I find their prices are quite steep but the prices do vary wildly. A postcard is a reasonable 60p, but a birthday card might cost you around £3.25. The stationery is either very reasonable or a bit steep: £2.25 for a pack of 24 brightly coloured envelopes, or £4.50 for 6 small decorated plasters, £3 for one pad of post it notes, £10 for a figurine of a rabbit, £12 for a recipe journal, £10 for an A5 travel journal etc, £2.25 for a lipbalm, £5 for 20 bath pearls of 4 different colours.... The surprising thing is the sheer variety of items they sell.
I am never left disapponted when I have visited Paperchase as I always see something and think "oh that is just brilliant"- yesterday Mr Norton had to stop me buying a felt Easter basket for £10 that would be totally unuseable as a handbag as it was so shallow and wide, but it looked like something from Alice in Wonderland.
There is normally only one till and one cashier. In my experience the cashiers are normally the most timid, meek people you will ever meet who come across as very very shy! Maybe this is just coincidence. I have never had to return anything or ask for any help as the store is pretty self explanatory so I cannot comment on the customer service.
I have purchased many items from Paperchase and look forward to going in whenever I am in town. We bought a red and white tin medicine box for the bathroom last year and it is still going strong- no paint chips or fading. This was £10. It is a great store which will surprise you when you go in. The stores are very bright and the items are very colourful and well laid out so it lifts your mood when you are looking around the store.
I find the stores are clean and welcoming and I would recommend you pop into Paperchase for a nosey around as you may think it is just a card shop that sells blank notebooks. It is very surprising when you do have a good look around. It would be fantastic for gift wraps, bottle bags, coloured tissue papers too- fantastic if you need co-ordinated cards, envelopes or single items for wedding stationery or an event too. Individual cards are around 35p with envelopes around 20p for one very small envelope so this may work out quite pricey, but I cannot think of anywhere else on the high street where you could buy one burgundy card and mini envelope for example. Give it a try!
Paperchase is one in a million, I find the brand to be excellent. It has an air of elegance, fun and quirkiness all rolled into one. I like what the brand stands for and therefore buy most of my stationary and cards from them.
Paperchase was established as a stationary shop in 1996, by W H Smith retailers. They opened concessions stores in 2004, in the US as well as the UK in Waterstones and House of Fraser.
The Paperchase brand brings out funky new patterns for diaries and pencil cases, and are known to use ideas and inputs from upcoming British artists.
There are currently 42 branches in the UK, I think they should def think about more shops.
You can spot a Paperchase store by the large purple writing in front of the shops. Brightly lit, spacious and very airy shops with a lot of colours entice the shopper in, and with a range of excellent goodies for anyone they manage to keep you in there with unlimited choice on everything.
Usually you spot a paper chase store by the big purple sign and the luminous windows which are usually decorated in coloured goodies and must have items.
I obviously haven't been to all the stores, however the main stores in Central London are huge, usually 3 stores and everything is immaculately placed onto stands.
I think there should be more Paperchase shops around, as I don't think there is enough. I find this shop to stock all the essentials you may need to organise yourself, or to buy a lovely present for anyone. Even offering gift wrapping for you.
You will never find anything ordinary or dull in this shop. Everything has a either a funky design or a slick and chic look to it. Usually every year Paperchase will launch a new pattern or design and have a variety of items with the same style as a set, which is perfect for a present.
They have a hand made range of diaries and note pads, which are quite expensive however to counter that, they also sell recycled note pads and diaries, which are cheaper and more eco-friendly.
I usually always treat myself to a paperchase diary every year, depending on your requirement they can range from £4.99 to £15.99, but I think it's worth spending a bit more for quality and style.
Check out goods on: www.paperchase.co.uk
Cards for all occasions (retro, hand made, print, funny,
Paper (in every colour you can imagin)
Card (all colours)
Paperchase is one of my favourite stationary shops, and I can never walk past without having a quick look in. I love stationary, and they sell such cute, weird and wonderful things.
They sell everything from greetings cards, to pens, to lunch boxes, to art supplies, and even Christmas products at Christmas time.
Paperchase shops can be found in most shopping centres, and on many high streets also. They do have an online shop (http://www.paperchase.co.uk/) and have recently moved to selling things on Amazon also (http://www.amazon.co.uk/b?ie=UTF8&me=A25UKN2GV2CY2G) - this is great, because it's sometimes hard to find things in store!
The stores are often rather small, but they have lots of wonderful things inside. One problem with this is that there is little space to move around, and whenever I visit there seems to be a lot of people in there, so it's usually rather difficult to actually get to what you want (and I definitely don't recommend this if you already have a couple of shopping bags!).
They really do sell everything you would expect in a stationary shop. Off the top of my head, they sell pens, pencils, pencil cases, notebooks, folders, diaries, greetings cards, passport holders, luggage tags, bookmarks, key rings, paper, paints, bags (handbags, rucksacks and holdalls), cute magnets, badges, etc - as well as novelty items such as pencil sharpeners where you turn a dogs tail to sharpen it, or pens with ducks which 'quack', etc. At Christmas they sell Christmas cards, mini Christmas trees, decorations, etc.
The items from there always appear to be good quality and durable, and I have yet to buy something from there which has broken - everything seems to be lasting a long time.
One thing I would say is that everything is rather expensive, so if you see there is a sale - definitely go in! However, some of the products from other places would be much more expensive, so it really does depend what you need. With passport holders costing £5, notebooks up to around £8, key rings generally costing £4 for two, and bags being anything up to £20 - some of their products are good value for money, whilst others are a little expensive for my liking.
I do love Paperchase though, so if you haven't been in your local one and you like stationary like I do, I recommend it!
Don't ask me why, I wouldn't be able to tell you, but I've always had a passion for stationary, in particular cute girley notebooks with vibrant patterns and smooth-writing pens in a variety of colours.
With Woolworths now out the window, there's not many places to purchase nice stationary from, apart from WH Smiths, but they tend to sell more basic than attractive stuff.
I first discovered Paperchase whilst on a school trip to London, and walking through Covent Garden I spied this fantastic looking little shop, begging my friends to go in with me. Once inside, I felt I had died and gone to heaven. They had walls lined with greetings cards, wrapping paper and photo albums. Stacks of notebooks greeted me at the door, each with cute patterns and symbols on, luring me to spend all my hard-earned pocket money. Bundles of pens and pencils of a rainbow of colours begged me to try them out.
The shop in Covent Garden is nicely placed, right near a beautiful cafe and a market place (at least it was the last time I visited!). The layout of the shop makes it easy to browse, moving from section to section (new stock at front, pens and gifts in the middle, with photo albums, notebooks, calendars and a variety of diaries near the back). Although it was only a small shop, I spent, much to my friend's dislike, almost an hour in there, looking through everything, deciding which notebook satisfied me the most to spend my measley budget on!
In the end I purchased a thick, glossy pad, with a funny spiral pen that wrote in pink (I was young...) and a rubber. I don't know why I brought a rubber, as I don't ever use pencils, but at the time I was lost in the sea of stationary.
Another Paperchase I adore is the one in Liverpool Street station. This shop is event smaller and even more particular about their stock, all on a much smaller scale compared to the variety of the Covent Garden branch.
Recently, a Paperchase opened up in my hometown of Colchester. It's fairly big, bigger than the previous two I've mentioned, and has a very similar layout to the one in Covent Garden. Each item is easy to see. I think this is a feature in particular that makes Paperchase so popular is that they only show a minimal amount of stock on their shop floor, and the staff replace items when you buy them, whereas in places like WH Smiths and how Woolworths used to be, the stock would be crammed in, constantly falling off shelves and making mess creating stationary chaos! The staff look after the shop well and make sure it is neat and tidy and a friendly place to be.
I have found that the staff have always been nice and polite in Paperchase. Most seem to be fairly young, but perhaps that's because I normally only go at weekends and quite a lot of retail places employ school pupils/students for weekend shifts. Either way, they are friendly and at the till always ask if there's anything else you need.
Prices are a bit high in Paperchase, with notebooks costing up to £8.50, photo albums around £15-£20, pens sometimes being as much as £4. But the price you pay, you get a high amount of quality. The notepads are always really thick and the paper is well made... no chance of the ink leaking through onto the next page. They also come in so many unique designs that it is highly unlikely you'll end up in the same class or workplace with the same notepad! From the amount of pens I've purchased in one of their stores, probably in the 30s range now, not one of them has ever broken down on me. Even one of the pens that I brought over 4 years ago is still working, I haven't even had to replace the ink!
Overall I think Paperchase is a beautiful little chain of high street stores, each personalised with unique bits and bobs of stationary. Every item in Paperchase could be given as a gift, i.e. a cute little pink notebook for a young girl, a stylish photo album for your best friend, a pretty photoframe for grandma, the list is endless. And they make it so easy to 'gift shop' in there, as they also sell thousands of cards, all unique with either funny jokes or beautiful poems/sayings, wrapping paper to suit all, gift bags, gift tags... you'll never need to spend hours confusedly shopping for birthday presents again!
I don;t think that I have ever had a bad experience with Paperchase. I'm a big fan of Stationary, so love browsing their shops when I come across them. They have a great selection of decorated folders, pens, pencil cases, diaries, photo albums, purses, keyrings, notebooks, stickers and even luch boxes! My recent favourite is a unicorn and fairy design called the Magic rainbow collection. It is utterly gorgeous, and perfect for little girls right up to the older generation. They're just beautiful. The quality of all the products I;ve purchased has always been top notch, and the prices are in general fantastic, for items which are so heavily decorated. My ringfolders cost £3.50 each, and are patterned all over with fairies, unicorns, glitter, colour, birds, spots. Ringfolders are generally quite expensive, and I thought that this was very good value for money for items which look like they are pieces of art!
I recently saw a diary with my favourite of the moment style in Paddngton train station's small Paperchase. I didn;t buy it, as it was an academic diary for the next year, and I hadn;t yet found out if I had made the grades for University, and didn't want to jynx my luck! When I found out I had made it in, I searched high and low for the diary to no avail. In the end I emailed the company. The next day I had a phone call. An absolutely lovely gentlemen said that he had found a diary, although it wasn't the same one, as the pattern had come to its end. He sent this one though first class delivery, and altogether with postage it cost me £8.00. He was incredibly helpful and lovely, and I can't praise theit customer service enough! The diary is also very, very lovely.
I'd recommend Paperchase to everyone, and I'm rather glad that they have a large shop in the Borders ( a lot of the Borders bookshops include a Paperchase section) in Bristol where I will be studying!!