It's the most WONDERFUL time of the spring! It's the National Stationery Show! A time where our favorite RPS vendors and the most talented of the talented printers, letterers and makers showcase their product lines and retailers (like us) get to ooh and ahh over the amazingness that is their months and months of hard work.
In the weeks leading up to the National Stationery Show (often referred to as NSS), vendors put together the most beautiful mailers to introduce themselves or their new product offerings and provide their booth numbers or show specials. This year, the mailers were unbelievable. From pom poms and balloons, to calendars and even full US maps, we were smitten with the hard work and amazingness that came pre-show! Just as our store manifesto says, 'the best things are meant to be shared,' so we've compiled some of our favorites to share with you!
1.) Ladyfingers Letterpress. Get out of here with this adorable hot air balloon and hand lettered booth invite. So clever AND impressive.
If only an hour handlettering demo by the wonderful Ladyfingers Letterpress would make me an expert-- but we'll be there, mouths open wide in awe of such talent!
Guys, it says "Stick it to Me" where you're supposed to adhere the hot air balloon. Details at their finest! Love!
2.) Belle & Union. Their illustrative style, adorable creativity and color palette makes us SO happy and allegedly, our favorite lil' vintage truck will be available on tea towels. We can't wait to see what Meg has in store for us!
Our location was stamped to show us our trek to NY! Talk about taking customized to the next level. We can't wait to visit Booth #1856! What an adorable map and pre-show mailer concept! Great job guys!
3.) A favorite maker of ours (THOSE CONFETTI PUSH POPS!), Thimblepress made their NSS debut last year. This year, we received this adorable tea towel, spoon and recipe card, ready to be filled in with the ingredients for a successful NSS. We can't wait to see what Kristen has planned for her 2nd NSS, and we're so excited to reorder her beautiful goodies!
What creative presentation! A tea towel, kitchen utensil, and recipe card! Love the letterpressed hot pink and love the hand lettering! SO lovely.
4.) Fancing Seeing You Here combined two of our favorite things-- beer & letterpress. This koozie is adorable and the die cut, letterpress printed beer bottle (Paper Lover's Pale Ale, no less) makes our hearts skip a beat! We can't wait to stop by Booth #2157 to see more!
5.) Emily McDowell. Oh Emily McDowell. Her style, her humor, and this fold out calendar have our hearts!
The front of the calendar is shown above. The inside of the perfectly detailed, spot-on fold-out calendar "The Life and Times of a Shop Owner" is shown below.
We LOVED getting mail from so many vendors all over the country (and a few international!). We can't wait to see the years and months of hard work come to fruition at the Javitz Center this weekend/next week. If you love paper as much as we do and are excited to see the fun finds and trends we'll be adding to the RPS inventory, follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Also, make sure you check back in on the blog, as we'll be updating our favorites and trends every day!