Buying beautiful stationery can be one of the best ways to re-engage with the physical world and reboot your imagination. Plus, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to adorn your desk with seriously cool products. Some of the most alluring bespoke stationary can be surprisingly affordable if you know where to look.
To help you out, here are some of the absolute best places to shop for special and unique stationery. These independent shops may fly largely under the radar, but they’re passionate about their craft and tend to attract passionate, loyal audiences as a result.
Here’s where to get some special supplies:
1. The Deckle Edge
Welcome to the widest selection of art, craft and design supplies to help you achieve all your creative goals. It’s a one-stop-shop for anything, as they keep everything from general stationery to specialised, harder-to-find, art tools and materials.
It goes without saying, The Deckle Edgde is regarded as an iconic retailer among the creative community and beyond. They had been supplying the best art, craft and design materials for over 20 years.
- Location: 13 Brickfield Road, Salt River, Cape Town.
Artsauce was started by lovers of art materials, offering the best solutions for creatives. They’ve grown in leaps and bounds by sourcing and supplying materials for the more traditional fine art disciplines.
Perfect for educational institutions looking for bulk orders for art rooms from pre-school level to colleges and universities in the Western Cape.
- Location: 62 Roeland Street, Gardens, Cape Town
3. Love Letters Stationery
Looking for something special and not mass-produced? Well, most of Love Letter’s products are packed, cut, punched, wrapped, strung and stuck by the very small team at Love Letters HQ, so you know the product you get is handcrafted with love. And the products that aren’t created by them, are chosen by them for their original, just-gotta-have-it-ness.
Love Letters began life as a single set of gift cards for a good friend a couple of years ago. While hunting for a very special personal gift, it’s clear that there was a gap in the market for bespoke stationery and original paper products that have a personal touch.
- Location: Mains Avenue, Kenilworth, Cape Town
So stop spending your money on boring basics sourced from big tech giants. Check out these amazing stores, and start supporting your fellow creatives instead. As a happy bonus, you’ll end up with lots of stunning stationery and help to reboot your mojo every time you sit down at your desk.
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