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New Ohio Subscription Box: Modest Box

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Thanks to Stephanie for sharing this article with us about a new local subscription box from Ohio!

The Box: Modest Box

The Cost: $39 for Local Love Box, $56 for T-Shirt Box, $89 for The Big Box

The Products: Select the Local Love Box for an assortment of Ohio made food products, body care products, paper goods, art, and accessories. When you select the Big Box your box becomes gender specific. When you select the t-shirt box you will receive two new (super soft unisex crew neck) Ohio made t-shirts each month.

What do you think of the new Ohio themed box?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Don’t know if anyone’s paying any attention to this still but I got my box today–my husband ordered The Big Box for me for Valentine’s Day and it was on the porch when I went home for lunch so I opened it. I think I love it! A lot of the items pictured here (two big bars of soap, necklace, candle, lip balm, cup sleeve, etc.) under The Big Box were in it as well as a bunch of other stuff–a soft knit infinity scarf, an Ohio print, a bunch of snacks (cookie, popcorn, pretzels, potato chips), a pot holder…

    I just went through it quickly though, didn’t have time to read the tags/cards/brochures. Love the necklace, which is made from an antique map of Ohio.

    • Actually the contents of the boxes and the retail value is listed and photographed on the box’s founder’s blog –

      Retail value was $134 for the big box, which was $92 after shipping and the MSA $5 discount code. I really liked my box!

  2. Hi everyone! My name is Andrea Archibald, I am the creator of Modest Box! My subscription box goes hand and hand with my retail locations, I own the Simply Vague stores that sell Ohio made products from over 300 artists, hand crafters, food artisans, inventors and entrepreneurs! We have stores in 3 major malls and on OSU’s campus and unfortunately cannot sell online because we never know what or how many products we’ll be able to get as they are handmade. We have SO many ask if they can purchase things we post from other cities or states so I created Modest Box to offer a shipment of Ohio love to those that can’t shop our retail stores. I also host the largest LOCAL shopping event in Columbus that features 90 vendors and occurs 3 times each year. To answer some of your questions, we are adding more detail to our website, the box is mainly marketed by our associates in the stores to our current customer base, I am getting the hang of the website building! Our t-shirt box will offer super soft (tri-blend, unisex, crew neck) t-shirts that are Ohio made and for the most part Ohio themed as that is what we sell LIKE CRAZY in our stores. The will however be general Ohio, not team or city specific….like this one

    I have relationships with hundreds of Ohio makers, you can expect a lot of great products in each Modest Box! My goal with my stores, show, and Modest Box is not to make lots of money, it is to promote local spending and to promote the small business owners in our state that make INCREDIBLE products and need help reaching larger audiences! I am also donating proceeds to various local nonprofit organizations in the community. Thanks for your interest in Modest Box! Should you have questions you can email me directly!

    I went ahead and created a coupon code for you all, you can use SUBSCRIPTIONADDICTION when you checkout at and you’ll receive $5.00 off your first order. Our first shipment goes our February 12th, you have until January 31st to order if you’d like to receive a box in February. Those who order in February will receive a box in March

    • As a displaced Ohioan, I have passed this info and the promo code on to my husband with a strong Valentine’s Day hint. As an employee of another Big Ten school though, I hope it’s not a lot of THE Ohio State University stuff!

      • I’m an Ohioan and an OSU alum…THE Ohio State University. haha I so remember that. I too have shared this info!

  3. Now that I am home, I’ve had more time to investigate. The woman mentioned in the article has stores in Ohio called Simply Vague ( It “carries locally made crafts and products from over 250 vendors that range from food to apparel to furniture.”

    So if it has locally made, artisan items I wouldn’t expect this to be a box where you get a ton of items for your money.

    @lily – it sounds like the shop sells t-shirts that are locally made, not necessarily just ones that say Ohio (FB page said something about a ‘keep calm and draft on’ t-shirt, for example). I can’t imagine getting two t-shirts per month with Ohio or similar on it, but who knows!

  4. I’d be careful with this one. There is absolutely no contact information or “About” information anywhere on their site. If anything goes wrong with your order, you’ll be out of luck. No contact info on any shopping site means NO ORDER from me. In addition, there just isn’t enough information about what comes in the box to justify those prices. Caveat emptor!

  5. I used code INSTA and got $5 off, it says it is limited to five users, but that was from four days ago and it still works 🙂

    But i had to pay county tax and state tax, at least I know I should get my box pretty quickly..

  6. This box name is strange. I was expecting a modest fashion box.

  7. I am from CLE Ohio, and I will consider this box after I have seen a few reviews. I have been burned on new boxes before; receiving a bunch of junk. Their website should show some REAL items we can expect in the future. I am hesitant about the websites that are vague like Barkbox and Wantables.

    • If you’re looking for samples of items, check out our stores Facebook page or our Instagram account @simplyvague most of the products we’ll be including in our boxes are things we carry in our 4 retail locations. We have SO many ask if we sell online and our products are locally made so it’s difficult for us to have an ecommerce site (things could sell online at the same time as they sell in one of the stores and with things being so unique we can’t have that happen) Modest Box is a solution to our not being able to sell online. Now we can refer our out of city/state customers to purchase a box and receive some Ohio love!

  8. I’m with all of you. I’m from ohio and the name totally through me. i would love to see you review a box !

  9. When I saw “Modest Box,” I thought it was about people in the religious “modesty” movement and I was like “what could they possibly be putting in boxes” haha.

  10. As a non-Ohioan, I’d be interested in this as a one time box (or maybe twice a year), but I can’t see myself subscribing. I think this would be neat for locals in Ohio though who can re-buy items they like locally.

    • Ditto… I agree fully. I cant see myself getting this monthy. A one time box I d be okay with. I m wondering about the tshirt box. If all the shirts would say ohio. I ve never liked tourisy clothes. The price seems a bit to high…unless the value and or curation is wonderful.

  11. I wish they provided more information on the website. They have 3 boxes with no real description. There’s no FAQs or any kind of policies or anything that I can see. I like to check all of that stuff out before forking over any kind of cash. I’m gonna check again, maybe I missed it somewhere

    • I found the article that’s linked above to be helpful. I think it would be helpful if the owner put that information on her website.

      • Hello! I am more than happy to make my information public! Modest Box is being marketed locally in our 4 all Ohio made retail locations. We have stores in 3 major malls and on OSU’s campus the box goes hand and hand with the stores. I am getting the hang of this whole website building thing for our new box service, if anyone has any questions just ask! Here is a link to an article by The Metropreneur where I answer lots of interview questions about Modest Box!

  12. Being from Ohio, I’m interested to know what’s in it. I’d hate to subscribe/purchase and it be Grippos and such you can get at the grocery, so I may wait to see the review. The T-Shirt box seems interesting though, but again, I think I’ll wait for reviews about it =) Plus, I’m moving soon (still in Ohio) so don’t wanna spend too much money – have more that I have to pack lol.

  13. I love local boxes, it’d be really great to see what’s in this. Now if only Missouri could get it’s own box going too lol.

    • Yes. They could fill it entirely with Russell Stover’s candies and I’d be happy. (I’m originally from the Kansas City area although I haven’t been back in some time.)

  14. I’m curious! I am from Ohio but have lived in a neighboring state now for over 12 years. I still identify myself as being an Ohioan. I’ll have to look at it closer when I have more time!

  15. Sometimes I wonder if owners discuss their box names before announcing to the public. Ohio has a well-known Amish area. I thought that “Modest” was referring to their community and the box was going to have Amish-made items. I did read the article and now know that the owner is referring to small businesses.

    I hope it is successful and brings small Ohio businesses to the forefront.

    • I agree – I’m not digging the name!

    • I was thinking the same thing about the Amish! Now that could be an interesting box…
      So how many states have a box now?

  16. This sounds awesome! I live in Ohio. Are you getting this box to review. Would love to see what is in there before i buy

    • I can if you’d like to see a review! Which box are you most interested in seeing reviewed?

      • The t-shirt one sounds interesting or the local. The big box was expensive. Thanks
        Love your sight!

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