Wonderful Objects “Traveling Market” Subscription Review + Coupon


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Wonderful Objects box

Wonderful Objects by Wonder and Company is a quarterly subscription service that brings imaginary adventures to life. This box is always full of unexpected, playful surprises. They offer mystery boxes for both Adults and Kids.

This review is of the Whimsical Adult, $54 a quarter, box.

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This box was sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

contents of Wonderful Objects box

About Wonderful Objects Immersive Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Wonderful Objects

The Cost: $54 per quarter with discounts available for longer subscription commitments

The Products: Hand-picked items and custom-designed ephemera that bring an imaginary scenario, place, or story to life. You’ll also get a teaser a few weeks before each box!

Ships to: United States is $9 per quarter and includes both teaser(s) and full mystery box. International shipping is $25 per quarter.

Wonderful Objects “Traveling Market” Subscription Box Unboxing and Review

Teaser package

Before you receive the main box, you’ll get a “teaser” package in the mail. What a really fun way to get excited!

contents of teaser package

Hmmmm… what are these objects?

"Only for those meant" flier

The only information included is what looks like a flier for “Only For Those It Is Meant”. That must be me! It advertises all sorts of wares and services. I am to “Follow the purple moss from shore” to find it!

Neptune on box of matches Mermaid on box of matches open box of matches

Neptune Spark Matches – Listed Retail Value $4.00

The first item included is a box of matches with Neptune (the Merman with the trident) on one side and a Mermaid on the other. The matches are a really pretty teal color! I know it sounds a little strange, but I find matches to be a lot more romantic than lighters and have vintage matchbooks all over my house to light candles with. Needless to say, this is an exciting teaser for me!

Purple Moss

Next, there is a soft vibrant purple moss. It’s so pretty!

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Now let’s dive into the main box that arrives later!

"open me first" envelope

Right on top is an envelope labeled “Open me first” which is normal fare for Wonderful Objects.

back of "open me first" envelope

It’s sealed with wax with a full moon stamped into it.

Introduction letter

Here, they reveal the adventure I’ll be going on through the items included in the box. They set the scene and tell me to “bring [my] candle to the shore where mermaids wait” and to “follow the purple moss where the silver fingers touch”. This will lead me to the traveling market where I am to find all sorts of magical objects that spans 3 days and 3 nights!

item info card

On the back, they list all of those items included.

Flier for Melusine's Traveling Market with details

Among the box, there is another flyer for where I’m going: Melusine’s Traveling Market. The front covers the basic information, along with a list of “must see featured vendors”.

History of Flier for Melusine's Traveling Market

The back has a brief history of the market. A mermaid named Melusine gave her heart and everlasting soul to a pirate names Erasmus. She disobeyed the decree of the old world and became trapped in her human form. She created the traveling market so that her kin could come ashore disguised as Romani Travelers each third moon and reunite for three days. The market is invitation only, so I feel lucky to be in attendance as a trusted participant. At the bottom, they also note that while all currencies are excepted, pirate coins will stretch your dollar further than other forms.

Grotto Song Bazaar Candle back of Grotto Song Bazaar Candle other side of Grotto Song Bazaar Candle

Grotto Song Bazaar Candle – Listed Retail Value $8.00

Here’s the candle I brought to the shore. It was custom made for Wonderful Objects and features a whale on the label with an old English nursery rhyme. There’s no scent that I’ve noticed, but it’s quite tall so it should light my way for a long time. I don’t have any like this, so I’m amped!

Matches Flier

As I wander through the market, I pick up fliers here and there for different services offered and special items I won’t be able to find elsewhere. A-ha! Here is one for the matches I received in the teaser package. They are exclusive for the Grotto Song Bazaar Candle I received!

Romani Market Bag close up of Romani Market Bag

Romani Market Bag – Listed Retail Value $20.00

Lucky for me, I have this bag to hold all of the goodies I find at the market. It’s handmade and this particular one has a really pretty flower pattern in a rust color. The inside is lined with a brown fabric that has the handles to match. There’s also a pocket inside to keep any currency I have safe. I’m impressed with the size of this, so it’s perfect for traveling and farmer’s markets alike.

Fae Laundry Service Flier

I come across another strangely beautiful flyer for a laundry service that seems to be run by or at least employs fairies. Since I’m not here long, I probably won’t be in need of their business.

Vadoma the Mystic Flier

Vadoma the Mystic is very alluring with her crystal ball and although I’d love to see what my future holds, I keep walking after being handed this flyer…

Goddess Spirit of the Moon Tosses Out Showers of Stars Print close up of Goddess Spirit of the Moon Tosses Out Showers of Stars Print

Goddess Spirit of the Moon Tosses Out Showers of Stars Print – Listed Retail Value $10.00

Wanting souvenirs of my visit, I come across this gorgeous print of a woman in a red dress hovering in front of a full moon. The vibrant and dark colors draw me in, as well as her calm commanding stature. I’m told that it’s historic art by Antonia Nell, circa 1909. I switch from wanting to needing to own this piece of art for my walls so that I may remember my time in this magical place.

Romani Stones Flier

The flyer for Romani Stones is one that piqued my interests, but I can’t seem to find their stall at 9B. I’ll keep searching.

Her Madame's Spectacular Bird Children Flier

As I zigzag through the vendors, I see this curious one for Her Madame’s Spectacular Bird Children. Is this a show I can attend? Can I really meet children dressed as an Albatross, a Chee-Wee, or a Mocking Bird?

Calliope Estelle Apothecary Flier

Ooh! Calliope Estelle Apothecary carries Andromeda’s Gate Dream Spray! I’ve been hearing about this while eavesdropping on the other market attendees. I make a bee-line for tent 718!

brown packaging Andromeda's Gate Dream Spray Ingredients for Andromeda's Gate Dream Spray Andromeda's Gate Dream Spray with cap off

Andromeda’s Gate Dream Spray by Calliope Estelle – Listed Retail Value $15.00

Wrapped carefully so I don’t break it on the way home, this green glass bottle of chamomile & lavender pillow spray smells just as nice as it was described. It’s immediately calming and spritzing this all over my pillows and sheets before bed is sure to tell my body it’s time to relax and bring me pleasant dreams once I fall asleep. I’m so glad I found it!

Enchantment Paper Dolls Flier

I happened upon tent 1920 too late, for the sun had set and I missed the daylight only hours and my chance to nab Enchantment Paper Dolls. They looked so fun, too.

Spigot's Widgets Keeper's Bells Flier

Luckily I noticed on this flyer for Spigot Widgets that they were ONLY open at night, so I glided over to pick up one of the extremely rare Keeper’s Bells!

MatrBoomie Keeper's Bell with tag

MatrBoomie Keeper's Bell

Keeper’s Bell by Matr Boomie – Retail Value $12.00

I can’t believe I picked this up for such a great price. My bell is made from recycled iron sheets, covered in copper alloy and was handcrafted by an artisan in India. The “clapper” is made of wood and it hangs from a brightly colored collection of twisted thread. This will be perfect to decorate my porch in the summer or hang from a hook inside for the winter months.

Once I returned home from my magical trip to the traveling market, I was able to go through a few other fliers I picked up along the way.

Bethel's Bundles Flier

I wish I was able to stop by Bethel’s Bundles to learn more about fortune sticks and constellation cards…

Ludwig Treaclesmith's Backpack Bazaar Flier

Or been able to dig through Ludwig Treaclesmith’s Backpack Bazaar. I’m sure there are some great treasures in there waiting to be found!

Pocket Tress Tamer Flier

Lucky for me I have boring straight hair, so my tresses do not need taming. This is pretty though!

Bermuda Triangle Cruise Line & Tours Flier

If I ever want to take a trip in which I may not return from, I’ll be contacting Bermuda Triangle Cruise Lines & Tours.

The Verdict:  Wonderful Objects is such a fun subscription box! I always enjoy reading through all of the ephemera that paints the vivid story of a magical experience. While it’s on the pricier side of things, I do almost always love the items included and I think they do a wonderful job curating them to fit the story. While there was quite a bit of paper included with this one that I won’t be holding on to, it certainly makes it special. I can see fans of fantasy literature being really into this and it’d make a great gift for the people in your life who fit the bill. I’m most excited about the bell, candle, and pillow spray, but also love the matches and am mesmerized by the purple moss!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? This one is sold out but you can sign up for the next one that ships in August!

Coupon – Use code WONDERADDICT10 to save $10 off any subscription!

Value Breakdown: For $63.00 ($54.00 + $9.00 shipping), I received six items with a retail value of $69.00 to remember my trip to the traveling market, a bunch of fun ephemera in the form of fliers, and a fun way to experience a subscription box of goodies. Here’s what you’re paying per object:

  • Print: $9.13
  • Tote: $18.26
  • Pillow Spray: $13.70
  • Candle: $7.30
  • Bell: $10.96
  • Matches: $3.65

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Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a stationery addict, lip product connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. Her favorite subscriptions contain office supplies, natural skin care products, and anything with food.

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20 Comments

  1. I placed my order June 6, 2018 and was promised to receive the next quarter’s shipment. Now it’s January 17, 2019, and not a single box has even been shipped to me. There appears to be no customer service response for this other than “just wait, it’ll ship in two weeks”… which I started hearing in the end of October (3 months ago). They need to stop false advertising as a quarterly box, as I understand a 7 month delay occurred with the last box. It is false advertising to even market this as a biannual box. I can already tell this product will not be worth the money or the wait.

    • I too am having trouble with the sliding dates, saying it will show up but the date keeps getting moved further away. And I’m having trouble getting a refund and even a response now. This unprofessionalism takes the wonder out of the whole experience. I highly recommend staying away from this company, looking past the glitter. It’s not worth the headache.

    • I pre-ordered the “Holiday” box in September. It is March 29th and I’ve yet to receive the teaser. Why was it advertised as Holiday? I’ve emailed them over and over and keep receiving responses with explanations on the timeline that do not add up. Not to mention I’ve already been billed for a second box before I’ve even received my first one! The box looked pretty cool but this is ridiculous. Why don’t they just admit the box comes twice a year?

  2. For some reason my prior post never made it, but the short story was like a pp said, I ordered this BEFORE Christmas and just received it. Its not the same quality or uniqueness that I’ve seen in past boxes. That candle is 2 for $1, with a sticker on it, no where near $8. Just left disappointed by the whole experience, and I’ve been waiting to try this box for a few years now.

    • I ordered June 6th and i still haven’t received any boxes. I still haven’t received any notification that my box has shipped even.

  3. Does anybody know which shop sells the Romani Market Bag please? I love its print and the size is just perfect. Thanks.

    • Also interesting in knowing. I love it!

    • Hi Yurena! The company is Matr Boomie but I couldn’t find the same tote in their Etsy shop or on their website, sadly. Hope you can find it out there somewhere! Maybe check swaps too!

      • Thanks a lot for letting me know. Much appreciated! I am just going to add their Etsy shop to my favourites in case they re-stock it in the future.

  4. You wrote such a fun review! I loved reading it!

  5. This was my first box and I was very happy with it! I mean, I was annoyed that it took 6 months to get a quarterly box but they had some issues, I guess. It would have been nice to have been updated at some point during the 6 month wait, but they’ve apparently gotten their act together and have promised better punctuality and communication in the future. Fingers crossed!

    The tote is really nice. It’s really pretty and well made – I just love it. Mine looks different from the one pictured here, but it said on the card that there was a variety, so that’s cool! My bell is a little different, too. The candle was not my favorite, mostly because the sticker was slapped on it rather haphazardly and it’s crooked and has a big ripple in it. Drives the OCD part of my brain up the wall. I really liked the spray. I’m not usually a lavender fan, but it’s not overwhelming in the spray and it pairs nice with the other scent. The flyers are so cool! I’m going to frame the fairy laundry one and hang it in my laundry room.

    It’s true that the items are not as nice as previous boxes, but the price was reduced so that’s to be expected. I’m not upset about it.

  6. I ordered the box before Christmas last year and for this to be my first box was a huge disappointment. I enjoyed the flyers and idea but the items? Don’t match what I have seen in past boxes. They took the magic away from everything. Not worth the wait at all.

  7. Thank you for writing such an engaging and thoughtful review. After reading this I truly feel that I attended with you! Great job, as always!

  8. This sub is so NOT me..but, I really appreciate your very fun review!! The value of any subscription is all in the eyes of the buyer….your review was engaging and sweet…if I were at a different time in my life, I would have loved it!! Thanks!

  9. This was my first box. I was a little disappointed. The items didn’t really fit the theme of a market run by a mermaid. I was expecting more mermaid specific items. And I wish the candle was scented.

    • I’m with you. I waited before Christmas to get this box and the items didn’t match the theme for me. Huge disappointment for me.

  10. I waited 6 months for this box because of their delays and I hate to say that I’m not super impressed. I absolutely love how whimsical the subscription is and I understand that the value is lower then other boxes in the same category. That being said, that candle is just a dollar store candle with a sticker on it (sometimes referred to as a Jesus candle). Its barely worth a dollar let alone $8! They could have at least used a candle of slightly better quality, perhaps even a scent!!?? I like the bell, matches and print very much, but I’m just not really a tote person, and $15 for a no name pillow spray? And like you mentioned, there was A LOT of paper in this box, which is nice for the experience but are essentially garbage (I have considered doing a collage with them so they aren’t a complete waste?) So I only enjoyed about $26 worth of an almost $60 box 🙁 I also don’t mind the candle but they GREATLY inflated the value. Sucks but I just cant justify the cost when you just don’t get your value out of it. Super bummed as this was my first time ordering it and its been a really disappointing experience. With what they sent, this box should be at most $39.99.

  11. Oh my goodness, that was the most fun I’ve had reading a review! I felt as if I was right there with you at the market. 🙂

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