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Scriptus Toronto Pen Show 2015

Today was the pen show! What a day. I had heard so much about this year’s new, larger venue and everything expected, and it was bustling and humming the entire time we were there. There were one or two moments where I said to Jon, “I’m going to mention this in the blog!” but I was so excited that I didn’t write it down, and now those moments are forever gone.

The show opened at 10:00, and Jon and I aimed to arrive around then, since we knew we would be leaving early to open up the shop at 1:00. We arrived a bit later, I think around 10:15 or 10:30, and both show rooms were already full.

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The entrance to the pen show. Coat rack almost full on the left – obviously for people who managed to arrive early enough to have time to hang up their coats. For the likes of a late starter like me, no time for coat checking! Someone might be buying up all my pens before I get there!

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Vintage Pen Market

In our new space, we’ve got calligraphy classes and a Letter Writing Club on the calendar and now: our first Vintage Pen Market!

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As you probably know, we only sell new, modern pens in our shop (I love my Safaris and TWSBIs and now, apparently, my Parker Sonnet), along with inks and paper, and often for your everyday writing, this can be great. However, every once in a while we get asked about vintage pens and where to find them.

It can be a bit daunting and time-consuming to look online at vintage pens, not knowing the condition of the pen, and wondering about the value. While we ourselves don’t have the knowledge or tools to restore and sell vintage pens, there are many folks in Toronto that do, and so we’re pleased to invite you to come to our shop and see some of our local vintage pen experts and their pens for sale.

Our informal and small Vintage Pen Market will take place on Sunday, August 16th from 1-5pm! No cost. We don’t anticipate any changes, but of course if there are, we will change it on our calendar and announce on the blog.

Please come and say hello, and browse some of these vintage pens. It is always nice to be able to see and hold a pen before pulling the trigger, especially when you can also chat with the vendor about the history and condition of the pen as well. 

Our shop business will be closed, with tables cleared off for vendors to showcase their pens. However, if you’ve got an in-store pick-up or you know exactly the bottle of ink you’d like, we’re here to help.

There will be a raffle prize, with all proceeds going to a local charity here in Leslieville, Red Door Family Shelter, which provides services, care and support to families and individuals facing violence or in need.

If you or if you know someone who has some vintage pens for sale, please let them know about our small Vintage Pen Market and if they’re interested, they are more than welcome to contact us to come and show off their pens! This will be a friendly, cosy and informal place to sell or buy some vintage pens. No cost for vendors, tables and coffee provided 🙂

*And of course – you should also mark down on your calendar the big Scriptus Toronto Pen Show coming up on Sunday November 1st, which will be certainly be a great place to find pens and pens and pens. We went last year when Caleb was just a wriggly blob, and you can see highlights on the blog here.