PostBox is a NEW stationery subscription box by Postmark'd Studio. Each PostBox subscription comes with a monthly, limited-edition delivery of handcrafted artisanal greeting cards and postcards created by artists around the globe. Each month, your PostBox card box is filled with four greeting cards, one postcard, postage, and a fun artsy doodad such as a pen, pencil, or knick-knack gadget based on a theme. The value of the products in your subscription box will always be what you pay for each month, sometimes more. There may be a surprise bonus gift some months, so you don’t want to miss a box!
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The Subscription Box: PostBox by Postmark'd Studio
The Cost: $25 + $5.95 shipping (or save with longer subscriptions). There is also a lifestyle box called the Postmark'd Box: $50 + $7.95 shipping.
The Products: The PostBox comes with four greeting cards, one postcard, postage, and a fun artsy doodad such as a pen, pencil, or knick-knack gadget based on a theme. The Postmark'd Box comes with two to four hand-selected stationery, home décor, inspiring books, and other quaint creative finds items based on a theme that is unique, special, and always splendid.
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This review is for the PostBox, $30.95 per month, box.
This is the very first PostBox, and this month's theme is Whales! So many cute whale puns here.
Speaking of puns, they give you a few to kick off your letter writing, plus a little doodle section.
Postmark'd Postcard - Value $1.00?
I can see one of these coming in each month's box. A simple promo postcard to jot down a note.
Postmark'd Studio Pencil - $0.50?
Awesome! Another cool little promo item. Not sure if this only comes in your first box, or if one will be included in each, but I can never have enough old fashioned pencils. This one is metallic silver.
Whale Shaped Postcard - Value $5.00?
How awesome is this whale postcard in the shape of a big ol' whale?! I love that it's a large fun shape instead of a boring rectangle. Sure to delight the postal carrier upon delivery. It's made by Noteworthy Paper & Press from Missoula, MT and features beautiful blue embossing. I couldn't find the exact postcard on their site, so I estimated based on other cards.
"Whale, Whale, Whale, What do we have here?" Card - Value $5.00?
This ridiculously cute card featuring three blue whales with top hats comes from Red Flower Letterpress in Cincinnati, OH. Beautifully handmade, it comes with a kraft paper envelope to send off to a friend who has cause for celebration. I can see using this as a simple hello, or to congratulate a loved one on a whale of an accomplishment. Their Etsy shop is currently closed, so I took a guess at the card value based on other letterpress cards.
Whale Hello Greeting Card - Value $4.50
Here's a simple greeting card for faraway friends who are in need of some whale mail. The drawing on this card by August & Oak is so adorable! The pink, blue, and green colors are harmonious and I could see this being used for a new baby card as well.
Die Cut Whale Happy Birthday Card - Value $7.00
Did you know that this whale's name is Herman? He's apparently the friendliest whale around and is made by Atlanta, GA's Reyn Paper Co. This card is hecka fancy with it's die cut window and gold foil Happy Birthday greeting on the inside! The dark navy and red colors are fun, yet esteemed, for the serious person in your life who needs a little smile.
"Congrats" Whale Card - Value $3.95
I love that the design of this greeting card wraps all the way around the back! The little orange fish continue in the pale blue water, as our star whale shoots some water from his blowhole. I'm really digging this drawing by Man vs George Design.
Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Marker Pen - Value $1.00 (available at Jet Pens)
As you may have heard me ramble on about, I love pens, and this is one of my favorites of the felt tip variety. I'm so pleased that Postmark'd Studio included a writing utensil in their first box, as I love to receive a new writing instrument! The lapis blue color fits perfectly with the theme as well.
Postage Stamps x6 - Total Value $2.94
Finally, we have an important part of this package; the stamps! They included a variety of forever stamps so that you can sned your cards out straight away to their intended recipients.
Verdict: I'm loving Postmark'd Studio's freshman effort this month! The whale theme is super cute, and all of the cards came from small companies around the country. I love discovering new Etsy shops for hoarding more cards and stationery! The total value I calculated was $30.89 ($25 + $5.95 shipping), and just barely hits the cost of the box (though I couldn't find two of the exact cards for value), including the Postmark'd Studio branded items that I'm not sure were supposed to be calculated. I don't mind paying cost for all of these beautiful cards since I'm learning about small makers and having them sent to me as a surprise, but I know many subscribers are looking for a deal. I'm looking forward to seeing what they have in store for the future!
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