Advantages Quality, Unique, different selection of items.
Disadvantages Can be pricey/not many shops.
Paperchase are a large stationery store which sell a wide range of different things. Their shops are noticeably different as they are bright and colour-full, well lit and are easily shoppable.This review is based on the Guildford store!
***WHAT DO THEY SELL?***
Paperchase sell a wide range of items including greeting cards, art papers and materials, stationery, gift packaging, gifts and novelty items. They do sell some strange bits including coloured devil ducks and pirate plasters and other novelty items. They also have a very large range of Christmas items such as cards, gifts, decorations and greeting cards. As well as Christmas they all sell items for Mother's, Fathers and Valentines day.
All the cards are sealed in their own plastic bags, which is great as it avoids them getting dirty and also avoids missing envelopes, how-ever this is not great for the environment! I will how-ever point out that on the back of some of their cards it will give you some information whether the card they sued has been recycled and if the bag they sued for the card is bio-degradable or not!***ART PAPERS AND MATERIAL***
Paperchase sell a large range of stationery items such as notebooks and diaries, pencil cases and photo-albums, carry cases and folders, storage boxes, magazine files, letter sets, pencils, mouse-mats, erasers, journals, guestbook's, invitations and probably more! Depending on what their current range/promotion is depends on what designs they may have in these items. Their prices are quite reasonable and the stationery is of good quality and is made very well.
They have a large range of gifts including Photo frames, Bags, jewellery boxes, purses, key rings, umbrellas, mugs, drinking bottles, badges, passport holders, soft toys, playing cards, magnets, sticker and more! The gifts obviously range in price, but most of the items are good value and also good quality. They have a gorgeous range of photo-frames in a range of different prices.
Under-glass is another word for the items you will always see in the lock-up glass display cabinet which is usually situated next to the till. In here they have more expensive items such as a Lamy and Space Pens, Chrome key-rings and cufflinks, small travel clocks and travel games and other gifts. They also have an expensive stationery range which is made from leather and includes note-books, journals and photo-albums. All these items come boxed!
***CUSTOMER SERVICE/THE SHOP***
Paperchase also have a novelty section and they sell things like pirate, duck, egg & bacon and unicorn plasters. Wind up racing grannies and grandads, photo glitter domes, wind up toys, magnets, stickers and other strange items which you wouldn't think to look for in this type of shop.
The shop always looks clean and tidy and its easy to shop around in. It doesn't feel cluttered and it feels quite spacious and it always feel like a warm, pleasant atmosphere. They tend to display a lot of the items on table and sometimes this isn't a good idea as they very easily get knocked over and items are more than likely to break. How-ever they don't make you pay for the item.At Christmas this shop gets extremely busy, I know this because I used to work for them! At Christmas you can barely move in the shop and you will have queues of about 10-20 people going down towards the back of the store. How-ever a lot of stores have temporary tills installed over the Christmas period to ensure customers get served faster and leave the shop happy.
I would definitely say browse in this store and even if you don't intend to buy guaranteed you will walk out with something!
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