A special treat today!
I don’t normally share too much about vintage pens, mainly because I don’t have too many and really because I don’t know too much about the ones I have. However, I picked up a vintage pen at 2015 Scriptus Toronto Pen Show, and it’s a beauty. You can bet no sticky hands are grabbing this one to wave around and drop behind the couch.
Parker Lucky Curve – the photo from my blog post on the pen show, when I had to leave this behind!
I picked up a Parker from the Scriptus Pen Show that ran a few weeks ago. I left it at the show with Jeffry Fridfinnson and his wife Erin, who had a table at the show selling restored vintage pens. Jeffry fixed it up to return to us, which is why there’s been such a gap between the show and this post.
This weekend is the upcoming Scriptus Toronto Pen Show, and if you’re planning on going, I’m sure you’re almost as excited as I am! Almost, but not quite, right??
Some of you may be on the verge of cracking open that piggy bank, but lucky for me, I have the deep pockets of a handsome man to reach into… and by deep, I mean, Jon has set a budget for me based on how much I’m willing to cut out of my washi tape budget. (That’s a joke, because “obviously” I don’t have a washi tape budget. That would be ridiculous. I just spend whatever I want willy-nilly.)
Too scared to enter through the doors of the pen show?? Read on to find your courage.
Here are a few photos from last year’s pen show, without too much advice, mainly because I was a bit wide-eyed and dazed by it all – not so much deer in headlights as zombie in headlights. I do remember, though, diving in head first and not really knowing what to expect from a pen show. Having taken the year to recover, I figured I might share some advice on what to expect from the pen show, and a few tips on how to get through it all, especially if this is your first pen show.
Happy Friday! I’m hoping to start a new series called “Getting to Know,” where I chat a bit with folks who hang around the pen world, and this is the first instalment, right in time for the Scriptus Toronto Pen Show! It’s happening Sunday, November 1st, and I can’t wait.
I had the great pleasure of visiting Philip Akin, an organizer of the upcoming Scriptus Toronto Pen Show, to chat about vintage pens & the secret ins & outs of the show, and meet his friendly black cats – I didn’t get their names, which is a pretty good indication that my reporting skills need some work. When Jil McIntosh came to our shop for Pen World, she just pulled out her laptop and tapped away, and poof – a beautiful article. I think I need a tape recorder next time.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to say we already kind of like Philip around here – he lives and works around the corner from us, and pops by every once in a while to say hello, although he mostly says hello to Jon, since it’s Jon in the shop most of the time. He also came to our Vintage Pen Market back in the summer, with trays and trays of vintage pens.