Saturday, November 27, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 290


[ murch ]

noun Informal.
merchandise, especially as marketed to a particular fan base: The band sold t-shirts and other merch while on tour.

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A few weeks ago, I bought some pen-related merch from some well-known pen folks and thought I'd share it here on the blog. While they're technically not rock stars, I consider them among the rock stars of the pen world (and yes, I'm a big fan--fangirl lol--of both 😉)

Back in August, I placed an order with Pen Chalet, a well-known online retailer of writing instruments located in Mesa, Arizona. I hadn't noticed that they had a "Swag" section on their website before, but I decided to take a look and see if any of it might be of interest to me, huge pen nerd that I am. When I saw their 'Pen Chalet Classic' t-shirt , I loved it so much I immediately threw it in my online shopping cart (oh, and that's the back of the t-shirt you see directly above and below; the very first photo in this blog post shows the front of the shirt). 

It's a great design from great pen sellers who offer fast, friendly service and are always ready to answer any questions about the products they sell. When I reached out to them for help with the sizing of the t-shirt, they replied to my email promptly and were very helpful (I take a women's size M-Medium, so the S-Small size was perfect for me). I've ordered from them numerous times and have always been very satisfied with their service and the items I bought from them.

I've been a mug collector for years, so when I heard about this one, I couldn't resist buying it from Stephen Brown's Redbubble store. Stephen (better known as SBREBrown) is a popular fountain pen reviewer on YouTube who's been uploading his reviews regularly since January 2011--no small feat. I've known Stephen since he started his YouTube channel and, over the years, he's become a friend, so I wanted to support his channel by buying some of his merch (swag). It arrived safe and sound (Redbubble packs mugs very carefully) from within Canada, which was great for me because I didn't have to worry about paying customs/duties on it.

The mug's clever design (done by pchykeen Studio) is a reference to the phrase "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog", the pangram that Stephen uses in the writing sample part of his excellent video reviews. Congrats to Stephen on his YouTube 10th anniversary, and my personal thanks to him for his friendship and all the videos he's posted over the years--they've never failed to entertain and enlighten me :) If you haven't seen any of Stephen's videos, I'd highly recommend checking out his YouTube channel here.

(photos & review by Maja)

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