Even though we’d love to throw some antlers up on the mantle, when it comes to hunting, office supplies be our game. We tracked down some beauties for you this month – blue-lead pencils, vintage pack of perforated note cards, and folding stainless steel scissors – it’s STMT X USA!
SHOP STMT X USA
What makes this kit so special? For starters, half the American-made goods were hunted down elsewhere – the pencils in Hungary, and picked up those notecards in Puerto Rico. But we think the real clincher? These kickass folding scissors, hand-assembled in the U.S.A. Give ‘em an open, and you’ll see why we can’t get enough.
Check out the USA Kit, and read the Low Down to hear about our mini road trip.
Archivist Alan Walker questions why he continues to work at the National Archives. His answer? Fasteners. How rad is that?!
“You wouldn’t think that something so trivial would hold my attention for any length of time. And yet, paper fasteners play such a vital role in our daily lives here.”
We totally get it! One of our faves to hunt down during RAD AND HUNGRY sourcing trips are paper clips. Do you still have your membership card and collection of paper clips included with your first order?
Read the article — Keeping It All Together: Paper Fastners at the National Archives. Thanks for sharing the article and for posting a photo of your paper clips, Kat!
Planes are fine and dandy, but there’s nothing spontaneous about them. These days you buy a last-minute plane ticket and TSA is gonna make sure you get an extra-special stamp and a whole lotta extra hassle.
But road trips? As long as you’ve got a car, you’re golden. Just fill up the tank and drive. That’s what’s magical about them – they’re limitless. And that’s also what’s so American about them. Yeah, eventually you’ll reach another ocean and have a stop. But in the meantime, you got a whole lotta road and a whole lotta potential adventures in front of ya.
To celebrate the USA Kit, we packed our bags and hit the road. For once, we didn’t need to hunt down goods for the kit – Hen had scored the pencils in Hungary and the note cards in Puerto Rico. And the scissors? Been sittin’ on them for months. So rad, they were an obvious choice for the mystery item. So the professional travelers traveled just for fun. Headed east over the mountains to small-town U.S.A.
We landed in the Methow Valley, a narrow strip of gorgeous nestled in the north Cascade mountains. Stayed at the awesome Chewuch Inn (with AH-MAZ-ING breakfast – but more on that in this month’s Travel Short). Sunshine? Check. Rad farmer’s market? Check. What we didn’t expect? To be surrounded by literal hunting. From the antlers in antique shops to big game notebooks to zillions of deer. Seriously – SO MANY DEER. Driving out through the mountains late at night, the hotel called to make sure we were still on the way. “Watch out for the deer,” the woman said. Um, yeah. Do you KNOW how many eyes we saw staring out at us from the darkness? Deers clearly runnin’ this shit. And it didn’t stop in town. We almost walked into a doe on our way to tacos. Turned the corner, BAM. Deer IN YO FACE. Fortunately it seemed the unvicious variety.
Another surprise? Scoring a TON of goods on the trip. Stumbled upon a shop in a small town that must have once been home to an avid office-supply collector. We ended up snagging a whole bag filled up with awesome pens and pencils (and oh yes, they’ll be up in our Individual Items section soon). Guess even when we’re not on the official hunt, we can’t stop the game from finding us.
THE SEMESTER IS STARTING
LOTS of bootyclappin’ goin’ on in RAH headquarters – STMT X Ecuador! That rad box o’ color? Our 30th Kit! And while lotsa gals like to play 29 another year, we wanna shout it out that we’ve reached the big 3-0.
To celebrate, we’re adding a subscription type that you RAHstrs have been chattin’ us up about for a while – the Semester Subscription.
6 months of STMT Kits delivered to your door. Each kit in the Semester Subscription is priced at $18 (savin’ you moolah), and at the end of the 6 months? If you wanna up it to a Yearly, we’ll give you another 6 months for the Yearly price.
BALLOONS FOR EVERYONE!
Ummm. We MIGHT have gone a little crazy over neon balloons in Ecuador. And by “might” – we mean bought a ton. But come on! NEON BALLOONS!
RAH headquarters sadly doesn’t have space for a zillion balloons,
so we’re givin’ them to you! Spend $20 and get a pack of 20 balloons for free (filled with confetti, so you can blow them up for an instant party!). OR, like us on Facebook and post a comment tellin’ us – What’s the PERFECT item you’d like to see in the RAH store? Once we get your comment, we’ll send ya a pack!