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!
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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
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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!
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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