Where can I find the writing paper?

I love nice writing paper. It’s only so sad that it’s so hard to find these days. Often when I ask in s shop where I can find the stationary or writing paper, they look at me if I ask for something illegal! After explaining what im looking for, the first respond is: ‘Why won’t you just sent an e-mail? It’s much faster!’. Oh yes, e-mail is indeed faster, but not as much fun as real mail.

Luckily over the years I’ve found some shops where I can buy writing paper. Or when I’ve feeling creative, I’ll make my own writing paper (in the future I’ll write a blog about that). I’m wondering if you have the same experience when you’re looking for nice writing paper.

Here are some shopping tips for when you’re in the Netherlands, Belgium, the U.K or Italy!

Netherlands/Belgium

  • Paperchase: in some big trainstations or in the Bijenkorf. (Only in the Netherlands. But they do have a webshop)
  • Zeeman: not always. Mostly they have Disney
  • Wibra: not always. Mostly Disnye and cupcakes
  • Boekenfestijn: look at the craft section

UK

  • Paperchase: almost every city has at least one Paperchase shop. Also they have a webshop.
  • Art Box: located in London
  • W.S. Smith Book store: almost every city in the UK has at least one W.S. Smith bookstore
  • Selfridges: an amzing warehouse in London. Also sells Art Box

Itlay

  • The 99 cent shops: I’m not sure every single shop sells it. I found some nice writing paper at the 99 cent shop that is very close to the Medici Chapel.

Wax seal

Back in the days, kings and other high class people used was seals on their documents to protect their important information. With a seal, they prevent people reading the document. Since you have to break the seal, before you could read the document. Nowadays, wax seals are still used by governments. But they are also used by snail mailers! I think it’s a nice way to close the envelop, with using something else then tape. Also, it’s a nice way to decorate the envelope! There is only one danger using these was seals, and that is the fact that you have to use fire to make the seal. Luckily, none of my letter have caught fire while I was making a seal on the envelop!

Wax seal

 

Mailbox on my desk

Where do you store a letter that you just received, but don’t have the time to answer. You store it somewhere. But where? I keep those incoming letters in a special mailbox as you can see in the picture below. It took me like forever to find a nice desk mailbox. In the end, one of my favorite co-workers found one and give it to me.

mail box

Lately it’s very easy around here to find nice desk mailboxes. Although I have one already, I had to have the mailbox on the picture below. When I saw it, I fell in love with it. This one hangs next to my writing desk. I store there the letters I’ve answered and the PostCrossing cards that I’ve yet to scan.

Mail box 2

A chest full with letters

In all those years that I write letters, I’ve received many, many letters. But where do I keep them? At first I stored them in lots of dvd boxes from my favorite Swedish warehouse. But at one point, I didn’t had enough space to store all those boxes. I often told my parent that I would love to have a big old chest where I can store my letters. I find this idea very romantic and nostalgic. But where on earth can you find an old looking chest that isn’t that expensive. I can tell you, it’s difficult. But finally I found the perfect chest. As you can see, I can store a lot of letters there! All the letters that I’ve received over the year are in this box.

Letter box

Ltter box