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Quirky Crate Review – June 2017

Quirky Crate delivers a “box of awesome” to your doorstep each month. You will receive at least 5-8 quirky items, including an enamel pin from a featured pin artist in each box. You can expect eccentric handbags and accessories, cute stationery and stickers, fun household items, and pretty much anything they can find that will bring a smile to your face!

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

The Subscription Box: Quirky Crate

The Cost: $34.99 + shipping

The Products: You will receive at least 5-8 quirky items, including an enamel pin from a featured pin artist each box.

Ships to: $5.95 to US, $13.95 to Canada, $19.95 to Mexico, $20.95 to the rest of the world

Keep track of your subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wish list!

This is Quirky Crate’s very first box, so let’s dig in and see what they’re all about!!

The info card mentions the monthly featured pin artist, along with a little bio. June’s artist is Las Vegas-based Holly Rae Vaughn! Loving her style already.

Turning the card over reveals a list of all the quirky items included this month. Very fun design here!

“In it to Pin it” Felt Pennant – Value $5.00?

This item isn’t listed on the card, because I think it’s meant to just be a fun little introductory thing to throw your collection of enamel pins on if you don’t want to put them on your jacket or tote bag. I just took a guess at the value of this piece of promotional ephemera.

Seashell Socks – Listed Value $7

Hahaha! I like that these are very random. I enjoy the color combo of the teal and purple shell on a pink sock. It’s sort of a 80s or 90s vibe (actually, I guess you can say the whole box is feeling a bit retro). I’m also loving the “More Than Dope” saying on the bottom of the socks. These socks are actually pretty comfy and fit well, but there’s no extra padding or anything too fluffy here.

Mirrored Pale Pink Sunnies – Listed Value $15

I know it’s a little hard to tell with the pink background in the photos, but these are clear pink plastic sunglasses with a silver arrow on each arm. They are a little on the big side, but I’m into the rounded frames and mirrored lenses. They also come with a soft Quirky-Crate-branded bag, so they don’t get all scratched up. I am kind of obsessed with sunnies and can’t stop buying them, so this is a great item for me! Look at how pensive I am with them on…

90s Multi-Color Pen – Listed Value $4

Pens are one thing I never shut up about. I have a trillion of them, but I always want more. It’s rare for me to come across a unique kind that I don’t have, and here we have just that. I was 10 years old in 1990, so you know I had a slew of these pens and thought they were the heckin’ coolest, but now in my old age (just kidding), this is the only one now in my possession! I’m very stoked on this pen. As you can see, it writes in six different colors, so if you love variety, this is the pen for you.

Battle Born Magic Wand Pin – Value $10.00

Like everyone else on this planet, I’m collecting enamel pins like there’s no tomorrow. Each time I buy a new one online, I say “that’s it, I’m done”, and then another amazing pin presents itself to me, usually via Instagram [*shakes fist at the Insta app*]. This pin was designed by this month’s featured artist, Holly Rae Vaughn, and it’s pretty rad. The sparkly blue color really makes it pop! This is a good-sized pin at about 1.5″ wide, so I’m glad they put two backing pins on there. Sometimes larger pins spin around and get all awkward on my jean jacket if there’s only one pin back holding it on. (Wow… I have such strong opinions on pin backings.)

Milk Carton Cross-Body Purse– Value $8.99

This is probbbbbably the quirkiest item of the bunch. It reminds me of a wacky bag that someone like Betsey Johnson would make. I’m not personally into purses like this, but it is super fun and DEFINITELY quirky. It’s about 6″ high,  3.5″ wide, and has a magnetic closure on top. The strap is a quite long, braided nylon cord and hangs more than 2 ft long. I think the target demographic of this subscription box would be on board with this fella.

Fun Monkey Stickies – Listed Value $1

So many sticky note pads have been coming across my desk in subscription boxes! This weirdo little space monkey is the latest. There’s not a whole lot of room to write a message, so I’ll have to keep it short ‘n’ sweet with this one.


Rainbow Patch – Listed Value $4

This patch (a cute little arched rainbow sitting atop white fluffy clouds) measures about 2″ across, which is the perfect size to put on the front of your jean jacket or the back of your summer cutoffs. I don’t have too many patches, so I’m happy to get this one. Plus, it’s an iron-on, which makes it easy to apply!

Giant Smarties – Value $0.42 (Get 36 on Amazon for $14.95)

Smarties were always the candy that you’d sigh upon receiving on Halloween, but these giant versions are kind of redeeming that feeling for me!


Glitter Baby Polish – Listed Value $3.50

Disclaimer: for the polish photo on my nails, I did have a coat of white on, which made this confetti polish show up a little better. But it is indeed clear. The confetti wasn’t super dense, so I did have to put on several coats just to get enough on there to show what it looked like. It’s a fun mix of pastel and neon colors though!

Verdict: I thought the first box from Quirky Crate was really fun and well-curated. The box and the info card were well-designed and made me smile immediately, as did almost all of the items in the box. It was hard to find true values for everything, since they were Quirky-Crate-branded or had no brand at all. My favorite items were the pin, sunnies, and multi-colored pen. The milk carton purse and nail polish were fun, but a miss for me. The box runs $34.99/ month plus $5.95 shipping to the US which puts it over $40. They valued all of the items to equal $60 (not including the pennant), but a few of the items I could find for a bit cheaper online. Overall, I agree with some of the comments in Liz’s introduction post that it’s a bit pricey for what it is, but it certainly made me smile and has a LOT of items. I definitely look forward to seeing what’s in store for future months.

I’m curious! Now that we know what’s inside, do you think Quirky Crate is a hit or a miss for you?

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Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

Posted in Quirky Crate Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: quirky crate | 28 comments

Comments (28)

  1. WAY TOO MUCH $$ for what you get. 🙁
    It’s adorable stuff, and I would totally consider getting it IF it were less than $25.00, including shipping!

  2. Fun items, but more suitable for middle school girls. Plus the price is just… ouch.. Totally not worth it. A lot of those items can be found at the Dollar store. But the selection is cute nevertheless. Just not for $34.99 + shipping… IMHO. 🙁

  3. Marne I love your reviews! You’re so cute! This box is so adorable!!

  4. I love everything in this box! I’m in my 50’s so I don’t think it’s so much about age as it is about whether you like things that are cute and unusual. As long as I can remember, I’ve been told I’m quirky and I love being surrounded by quirksters!

    I do agree that it’s a bit more pricey than I like. I would subscribe if it were closer to the 20-25 dollar range with free shipping.

    • I agree that age is nothin’ but a number, but I definitely struggle sometimes with “OMG this is so cute” or “Blerg- can I really pull this off in my late 30’s?”. I know I’m being silly, but darn it if the mainstream media doesn’t try to make women feel guilty for being more weird than sophisticated, especially as they get older.

      • Marne, I realise i have over two decades dividing us. Most women do often get to a point where media expectations go out the window. You realise it’s all a load of garbage, ageism. I learned quite young (in my ‘tweens) that the only opinion that mattered was mine! I suppose it happened so young for me as I was always bullied for being “different”. The bullying still happens, but it slides right off – sad, boring, selfish, judgemental ageist people, blind to the joy at seeing something “different”. My reply is often ‘tsk, it’s a shame you’re so sad’ (usually leaving them scratching their heads!) if I’m annoyed enough. Contrary to what the media tries to sell/ push on women from childhood, never relenting as we age, there’s no expiration date on personal style! As so many amazing older women have proven (Dame Helen Mirren is a modern example comes to mind 😉 What a dame!) it’s ok to be ourselves at any way we want. You’ll likely never see those people again, why care what they think? I know who I am, what kind of person I am. You’re still young, I really hope you can get past the nonsense & learn to not care, simply find joy & wallow in it, caring about what makes you happy!🎶⚡️Jet

    • Right with you Kat – I’ll be 58 in November have always been called “eccentric” my entire life. My closest, oldest friends are exactly the way, and I love it that we’re all unique. If you like it, think it’s fun, enjoy the joy it brings! Also agree on the price range. Not in the budget right now, wouldn’t pay that much even if I could. Only two higher priced items, not even that much.. everything else seems less worthy of the price. Shame, as I really like the creative idea! 🎶⚡️Jet

  5. I’m in my late 30s and I think all this stuff is adorable … sometimes it’s fun to get a box of cute stuff you don’t need but that makes you happy. Still, like most of the others who’ve commented, I don’t see the $40 value here. Maybe … maybe … if this was $25-ish with free shipping, and even then I’d be feeling kind of guilty about it.

  6. Adorable. But just not worth $41.00. 😢

  7. I wish this was cheaper. I love all of it…just not $40 love it

  8. I can see the potential. I LOVE That pin! I really like the bag and polish too. I’m 37 and I still love cutesie stuff. I’ll never stop! 💕 💜💕💜💕💜

    • I hear you, Alex! I love it too!
      The pin is available in Holly Rae Vaughn’s online shop if you need it! It’s linked from the product name.

  9. Tip for getting good coverage with glitter nail varnishes: get an inexpensive wedge makeup sponge. Apply a thick coat of glitter to the smallest edge. Kind of pat on your nails. You’d be surprised at the coverage & usually only one coat needed! 😘🎶⚡️Jet

    • Thanks Jet! Great tip!

      • You’re welcome! It may take a few tries to get the hang of it, but looks so fab with those glitters that are like this. Hope it works for you! 😘🎶⚡️J.

    • Great tip, Jet! Thanks!

      • You’re very welcome, hope it works for you! 🎶⚡️J.

  10. Is there a brand for the purse? I don’t want to subscribe to the box but I want to buy that purse! I can only use cross body bags because of rheumatoid arthritis messing up my shoulders, and I’m always on the lookout for weird ones with really long straps (I’m 5’10” and fat, I need a very long strap!)

    • The purse is sold on Amazon. I saw it for $8-$18 but it might be less from different sellers. Search Eubest milk carton bag.

    • I found one on AliExpress a couple of years ago, but it was blue.

    • Hi Anne! If you click the link that is connected to the name of the product in the review, it will take you to where I saw it on Amazon. 🙂

  11. Marne, can you please do the reviews for every box?! You’re so cute, funny and relatable!! 😊

    • Hahaha- thanks Ash! You’re too sweet. I’d never sleep if I had to review them all! 😛

  12. The stuff is cute, just not sure it’s $40 worth of cute.

  13. It was a miss for me only because of my age. If I was in my 20s or 30s I would really enjoy this box.

    • I would love to purchase the purse if anyone is selling please and thanks!

    • I’m in my 20s and it was a miss for me also.

  14. This is cute! I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on this box.

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