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Holiday News

The holidays are nearly upon us! Snow and hot chocolate and the big winter coats and the glorious hours of holiday shopping 🙂

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Holiday Shipping Dates

We ship all of our parcels via Canada Post, and as such, your safest bet for “guaranteed” delivery before Christmas is…right now. Here are some estimates for shipping based on where you live, and how long our processing takes during the holidays – keeping in mind that there is always, always a chance of delays in shipping during the holiday season since this is Canada Post’s busiest time of the year with Christmas cards and presents being sent across the country and around the world.

Place your order by:

Within Toronto: December 15th
Within Ontario & Quebec (urban centres): December 12th
Within Ontario & Quebec (rural): December 10th
Eastern & Western Canada: December 5th
Northern Territories & Nunavut: December 1st

These dates are our best estimates, and by no means guaranteed! With Canada Post, the earlier the better! Of course if you miss these dates, we will still try our best, and with some good luck, it may still arrive before Santa.

If you are in Toronto, remember you can always select in-store pick up to reserve your items and pick up when convenient!

A small note about Canada Post Tracking:
All shipped parcels will come with tracking information. However, Canada Post’s online tracking system is not always accurate, and we’ve had a lot of customers wondering where their package is.

When you place an order from us, you generally receive an email to let you know that your order has shipped, and a separate email from Canada Post with your tracking information.

When you receive an email with your tracking information, your parcel gets picked up by Canada Post the next business day.. Sometimes, however, your tracking information indicates that your parcel may still be in Toronto even after three or four business days. This is usually a result of a lack of scans from Canada Post – either a glitch in the system, or the parcel just missed a scan or two (or more) at a sorting facility. Usually, your parcel is actually closer than you think, and sometimes it even gets delivered before the tracking information updates, at which time it updates all at once.

Unfortunately, there is no way for you, I or Canada Post customer service to determine where your parcel is in the meantime. Your best bet is to wait, and 99% of the time, your parcel will show up within a few days of the “guaranteed” delivery date, if not earlier, or a new scan will appear indicating the last place your parcel was scanned. This, of course, may fluctuate during the holiday shipping season…

Corporate Orders
If you are purchasing holiday gifts for your office or workplace, let us know – the earlier the better! We’ve tried our best to make sure we don’t run out of stock for anyone, but if you need a larger than usual quantity, we can bring orders in from our distributor with a little notice. We can let you know when your order comes in so you don’t have to make another trip to pick up your shiny new pens.

Holiday Hours
As much as we would love to open later or longer hours to help you finish your Christmas shopping, we are swamped with counting and sorting all the stock arriving in the shop and packing up the online orders!

Up until Christmas Eve, our regular shop hours will be:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Friday: 10-6
Saturday: 11-6
Sunday: 12-5

Christmas Eve (Wednesday, December 24th): 10-1
December 25th – January 1st: Closed
Re-open: Friday, January 2nd

It’s a busy time of year, with family, new and old friends, and celebration. We are so excited for the new things we have to share with you, and hopefully to see a few familiar faces in the shop and hear from you across the country before the new year. Thanks for celebrating the holidays with us!

Updates from the Shop

The holiday season is really beginning! We’ve seen our first bit of snow and frost and I’m about ready to spend as much of my time indoors as possible.

Lots of new things are going on in the shop, and it seems like we hardly have time to get things done. We have lots of new products and we’re working on taking photos and getting them up on the site soon – some of the new products are just new shades of ink or a new ruling in a notebook we already carry; check our Just In section as we try to make sure stuff goes there as soon as we get it up.

It feels like there are new shipments coming in every day (I see a UPS truck right now!), and while some stuff may say it’s out of stock online, we may have just not updated it on the site yet, so feel free to give us a call or send us an e-mail if you’re looking for something in particular.

Kaweco Dia2 Fountain Pen We’re getting new Kaweco products – the Allrounder is up on the site already, and the Dia2 will be up soon. Both of these are metal and weighty and smooth.

 
Kaweco Dia2 – will be up on the website soon.

Diamine inks has stopped shipping for the winter, so unfortunately, what we have is all we’ll have until maybe around March. Our distributor was optimistic and said maybe even February, so let’s keep our fingers crossed. Both for Diamine inks and warm weather sooner.  Diamine was a newer brand for us, we just picked it up in the fall, so in the new year, we’ll be working on making sure we have enough stock to last us through the winter, like bears preparing for hibernation.

TWSBI Diamond 50 Glass Inkwell for Fountain Pens

And to hold your ink, we’ve got some TWSBI ink bottles. They are very heavy, with a thick glass base and metal bands. They’re designed to work cleanly with TWSBI 580s & Minis, but you can use any pen. It also has the same inner cone that the Sailor bottles have. These will also be up online soon.

Gift Registration for Calligraphy Classes at Wonder Pens in Toronto

Calligraphy Class Registration – Holiday Gifts!

Our calligraphy classes are just about finishing up for the year, but we have three new classes posted for the new year. We’re also offering gift registrations for the holiday season. We have the registration certificates printed on the beautiful G. Lalo paper so you’ll have something nice to give. If you order online, we’ll mail it to you.

Along with our calligraphy classes, we’ve got some new calligraphy tools, including nib holders and nibs available in store, and soon online. Stay tuned for more information on our pointed pen calligraphy classes!

As the new year comes, we’ve got Rhodia 2014 planners in stock. We also have a few Quo Vadis ones that we’re hoping to get up on the site soon. We have new Jinhao pens in, and we’re working on getting the inventory updated and the new pens up online soon as well!

We’re looking forward to getting the shark staplers and the Delfonics Pen Cases back in stock soon! I know I’ve been saying we’re going to get the Delfonics in for a while now, but I think this time I really mean it.

In store, we’ll soon have gift wrapping available in a few sizes, so please stop by as you’re doing your holiday shopping.

If you’re ordering from us online and you’ve got ink in your package, we’re sending it to the post office for you to pick up unless you let us know otherwise. Please keep in mind that even if you know that someone is going to be home when the mailman comes, the mailman picks up his packages along his route from the grey Canada Post pick-up boxes. After the mailman sorts all the mail, a carrier truck drops off mail for each section of the route at the pick-up boxes, and the mail man stops by along his route, so it’s difficult to tell how long a package may be sitting in the grey boxes for before the mailman picks it up to deliver to you. I know this is not super convenient for many of you, but please bear with us as we want to get your ink to you safely!

We’re closing the shop for a week between Christmas & New Year’s, so please keep that I mind if you’re in town visiting family for the holidays!

Holiday Hours:
Monday, December 23rd: 10am to 6pm
Tuesday, December 24th: 10am to 1pm
Wednesday, December 25th to Wednesday, January 1st – closed
Thursday, January 2nd – regular hours