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The Fine Line Between Hoarding & Collecting


A three-part system for fighting the good fight between the two.

What’s the difference between a hoarder and a collector? A hoarder leaves everything in uncontained piles that spill into all areas. A collector keeps their shit organized.

My father started my record collection and fed it weekly. When I was in the 4th grade, he gifted me his entire stamp collection. Why? He couldn’t handle seeing his stamps not perfectly lined up after I tore through his albums. Thankfully my mother was a pro at keeping house. Never a dirty dish in the house, not a spec of dust on any surface, vacuum cleaner marks on the carpet – always. If it wasn’t for my mother, my father would be hoarder, not a collector!


Me? I’m forever straddling the line between hoarder and collector. I collect pencils, sugar packets, and hotel do-not-disturb door signs. I’m a numismatist (banknotes and coins), phillumenist (matchbooks), tegestologist (beer mats), and philatelist (stamps). Seriously – what don’t I collect?

Oh, and pencils. So so many pencils. The RAD AND HUNGRY collection is massive and it’s nonstop growing. We discover new styles every sourcing trip, and I can’t resist them. I must have them all! But my obsession with pencils was quickly turning me into a hoarder. Didn’t matter that we’re constantly going through our inventory, our pencil collection was out of control.

We needed a way to organize the pencils, making it easy to find what we’re after and to rediscover what’s in our collection. Inventory software is nice, but sometimes it’s just faster and easier to handle the pencils than search the database.

So how do we do it? A three-part system. The first is simple and used for archiving every type of pencil in our collection – yes, one of every pencil we’ve ever purchased. The pencils are organized by color in Bonne Maman jam jars. Yes, jam jars. I love their jam and the shape of the jars, so $5 a jar is totally worth it.


The second system catalogs our pencil inventory – the stash we include in Pencil Packs, Rad Bags, or custom kits. The pencils are organized by category and stored in 35mm film strip protectors, all housed in binders. It’s super helpful for viewing – by company, style, country, color, etc. We use Clear File Archival Classic protectors. $4.95 for a pack of 25. So many options for binders, but we keep it simple – 1.5” Avery Heavy Duty binder in black. $7.95+. Depending on your style and budget, you can find binders as low as $2.


The last system is for storing our special stash – rare finds, special occasion, vintage pencils – and pencil boxes that I can’t bear to toss. The pencils are organized inside pencil boxes that are then placed in a vintage Logan metal 35 mm slide storage box. I found our first metal storage boxes for $2 each at a local thrift store. You can find used and new ones online ranging from $10 - $45 per box. (But seriously, check out that local thrift shop!)


Do you collect pencils or pens? How do you store them? Post photos to our Facebook wall or tweet at us so we can see how you do. Maybe your system will help us fight the good fight between hoarding and collecting.



Scored so much awesomeness hunting down office supplies in Chile. Have you checked our shop this month?!


Rad cover on these vintage 70’s memo books looks like some badass Trans Am art. Specifically designed for students and professors  to exchange notes – and Chile be the only country where we’ve found them! 64 numbered pages including a page for your class details, schedule, and “Decreto no 313”. Somebody needs to translate the Decreto for us!


(STMT X Chile Sourcing Tripphotos RAD AND HUNGRY)

Happy National Eraser Day!
What’s your favorite eraser? Our current fave? The Viking eraser included in our Denmark Booster Pack! 

Happy National Eraser Day!


What’s your favorite eraser? Our current fave? The Viking eraser included in our Denmark Booster Pack! 

Happy National Pencil Day! 

We got too many favorite pencils that we love. If you were to force us to chose… we’d have to go with a few pencils in our heavy rotation – the BIC Tropicolors 2, Viking Element, Vintage Scripto Thinline, and Happy Time 12 colored pencil set.


Do you have a favorite pencil? We wanna know what it is – please share a photo of it on our Facebook page or tweet at us @radandhungry. Thanks! 


(photos RAD AND HUNGRY) 

When was the last time you looked at a chunk of wood and was like… I’m gonna carve a stash of office supplies out of you? Like never? Thank goodness Camilla Barnard did because her office supply sculptures are super rad!!


(via Swissmiss)

Lovely pencil set designed by type legend, Louise Fili.


(via Faye & Co. - images Louise Fili Ltd.)


Paris Package 4.0 and the bar’s set set high – we knew we had to come with somethin’ super fly. One eco-friendly pencil, one pocket notebook, one poppy calligraphy notebook and a BONUS colored pencil – it’s STMT X FRANCE!SHOP STMT X FRANCE.


RAHstrs always love the Frenchie kits, so we knew we had to bring it. Found the pencils while searchin’ for mayo (no joke), but our BIG score? These geometric-dream pocket notebooks from Papier Tigre, a shop in Paris’ oh-so-stylie Marais district. Manager Maxime totally hooked us up – these notebooks are a traveler’s dream! Bite sized and super stylie without being in yo face. A look only the French could create!


Go on, shop the France Kit, and read the Low Down to hear about that mayo adventure (and why you should TOTALLY hunt down some French mayo).




The reason we FREAKED when we landed on a Ballograf pen for STMT X Sweden?Because pretty much, Ballograf = Swedish design. Simple, stylie, and always keepin’ an eye on the little details that add up to somethin’ BIG.

These pens are made in Gothenburg, over on the east side of Sweden. Only the best for these ballpoint bad boys – stainless steel tips, tungsten carbide balls, archival acid-free ink. All of Ballograf’s pens come with a lifetime guarantee and get the Nordic Ecolabel, too. (We noticed the Swedes take all-things-green very seriously. Can’t blame ‘em with such a beautiful country!)
AND AND AND – a few years back, the Ballograf Epoca (that’s the one in your kit!) was voted #2 out of 21 top pens by an Austrian magazine. (And Austria 9 seems pretty hooked on ‘em, too – anyone translate??). If you’re keepin’ count, that’s the second award-winning pen to be featured in an STMT Kit – the first was Italy.

If you haven’t gotten your hands on one of these pens yet, grab one now in the STMT X Sweden Kit!  

Music makes everything better… and sometimes sexier. Like this video illustrating the parts of a ballpoint pen. 

We got love for fountain pens! Happy Fountain Pen Day! 
(Pssst… Have you checked out our growing collection of fountain pens?) 

We got love for fountain pens! Happy Fountain Pen Day! 


(Pssst… Have you checked out our growing collection of fountain pens?