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Quirky Crate ‘Artsy Fartsy’ Review August 2021

Abby Holsinger
ByAbby HolsingerSep 4, 2021 | 4 comments

Quirky Crate is a monthly lifestyle subscription box full of colorful accessories and other fun finds. Each box contains 6-9 items that are bound to make you smile and promises an enamel pin, an item from a featured indie artist, and a funky fresh pair of socks each month. The cost is $36.95 per month with over $70 value in each box. 

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First Impressions

Quirky Crate showcases one item from a featured artist or brand each month. This month features Kate from Smarty Pants Paper Co.; she has a passion for art that is apparent when you see some of Smarty Pants Paper Co.’s cards and prints (so cute!). This info card gives you some insight into her background as well as some social media info.

On the flip side of the card, Quirky Crate includes an itemized list of each product and its value. This month’s theme is “Arty Fartsy,” featuring cute and functional art-related accessories.

Time to get quirky!

Camera Purse – Listed Value $38

 

This is a game-changing purse from QC. Usually, we only have one compartment, but we actually have two zippers, and a nice side pocket that easily accommodates my phone. I also appreciate the chain strap switch up; this strap is more appropriate with the camera theme, and it is more comfortable to carry. The design and little details of this purse get an all-around A+ from me.

Pop Art Pillow Sham – Listed Value $16

 

What an innovative find this month! I love to expect the unexpected, and this is definitely the first sham I’ve received throughout my long history with sub boxes. I love. I would have liked if the backside also had the same pattern on it, but it is definitely not a deal-breaker. This pillow doesn’t flow with my decor, but it will make a great secret Santa gift around Christmas time.

Typewriter Enamel Pin – Listed Value $10

 

My bestie, a fabulous writer and storyteller, will definitely fall for this typewriter pin. I am hoping that a younger audience can appreciate how far we have come, as far as technology goes, but I don’t know if they’ll ever get that satisfying feeling that comes with typing every word out perfectly while using a typewriter. This pin is a little smaller than last month and only requires one pin back to keep her on and centered.

Cactus Art Supplies Case – Listed Value $12

 

I welcome this rubberized case with open arms into my vast collection of cacti and succulent memorabilia. You know how you always have that one interest your family knows you love, so they all buy you gifts around that theme? Mine is cacti. And yes, I love everything about them. This case could fit my Gelly Roll pen collection or it could be an awesome case for makeup brushes. The little cactus zipper pull is precious, too!

Warhol Socks – Listed Price $8

 

Typically I am obsessed with the design and fit of Quirky’s socks, but this month wasn’t a great match. They ran a little bigger, resulting in either a baggy toe or heel. Unfortunately, I will be handing these over to my husband, who also has a soft spot for wacky socks, so they aren’t a total loss. I do love the Warhol design, so I am a little bummed, but I am glad Ryan will put them to good use. For reference, I wear a size 7.5 shoe.

Artsy Fartsy Sticker – Listed Price $2.25

 

I wish I were a little more ‘artsy-fartsy,’ but unfortunately, most of that ability got dealt to both of my sisters. I would feel like a fraud sporting this beautiful vinyl sticker, so gifting is definitely my best option. This sticker is weather-proof and measures 3″ x 1.55″.

Paint Brush Pen – Listed Price $5

 

Along with this month’s purse, this month’s pen style changed drastically. This chunky writing utensil isn’t the best for drawing a fine line, and it isn’t the most comfortable to write with, but it definitely wins the “most unique pen” award in my office. The rollerball pen tip comes out of the brush head with a subtle twist of the brush handle; it is bulky, so I will definitely keep it on my desk as more of a decorative piece than a functional pen.

The Verdict

August’s Quirky Crate was full of fun artsy accessories. Even though I am not a creative genius like some of my friends and family, I can appreciate what this month’s theme accomplished, and I really like the curation, especially the cactus utensil bag and camera purse. I rave about my quirky finds from this subscription, but sometimes I think the best part of this sub is the gift-ability of each and every item. I am constantly complementing holiday or birthday gifts with little pieces of flair from Quirky Crate, and it always either summons a chuckle or serves as a great conversation starter. The total value of this box adds up to $91.25, over double the $36.95 + $8.50 shipping subscription cost. 

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Value Breakdown: This box costs $36.95 + $8.50 shipping, which means that each of the 7 items in the box has an average cost of $6.49.

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Abby Holsinger
Abby Holsinger
Abby has been a box enthusiast since July 2011, finding her calling with Birchbox. That was the start of a new era for Abby, because she is now hooked on the subscription box life; she loves the idea of receiving (several) thoughtful treats from genius curators such as Lisa Sugar and Rachel Zoe. A few other loves of hers would be her dog named Bill Murray, Bill Murray and chocolate babka.

Abby Holsinger
Abby Holsinger
Abby has been a box enthusiast since July 2011, finding her calling with Birchbox. That was the start of a new era for Abby, because she is now hooked on the subscription box life; she loves the idea of receiving (several) thoughtful treats from genius curators such as Lisa Sugar and Rachel Zoe. A few other loves of hers would be her dog named Bill Murray, Bill Murray and chocolate babka.
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4 comments

Amy

Did they really not credit Keith Haring? That’s his iconic style so it would be a major strike imo if they didn’t put his name anywhere.

Overall very cute box but I would’ve liked the purse to be art themed, maybe a paint palette or something.

I have probably a dozen of those paintbrush pens from convention freebies, I do really love them for the looks but they’re not the best as pens lol. Still a cute thing to include!

Beth In Oklahoma

If they didn’t credit him, somehow, that would be reprehensible. His estate would probably take that pretty seriously.

Beth In Oklahoma

I looked it up, it’s 100% Haring, called “Running Heart”. I hope the author of this article, Abby, will let us know if he was given credit. He passed away in 1990 or so, and I hope his artwork wasn’t stolen.

Jody E

The pillow sham is a take on Keith Haring art from the 80’s.

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