One of our more unique habits when traveling in foreign countries is that we like to check out office supply stores. More accurately, I like to check out office supply stores, and Mr. Jones indulges my quirk.
Whether it’s a tiny stationary store in France, an airport shop in Hong Kong or part of a large department store in Bali, I love to spend a few minutes checking out office supplies around the world. Things like pens, journals, scissors and tape.
It seems that other countries always have cool things that I haven’t seen or used before – usually before they become part of the every day US office supply selection.
What kinds of things?
- The escargot tape dispenser shaped like a snail from a little stationary store in Lyon, France, found in 2002. (I have since seen them in the US.)
- The hot pink gel pen I picked up in the Hong Kong airport in 1997 – long before gel pens where mainstream in the US.
- The inexpensive disposable fountain pen in the Dymocks in Sydney.
And the Stabilo 68
pens that I found in the office supply section of a Bali department store that are currently my favorite pens.
I used to savor these “treasures” to make them last as possible. Luckily, now it seems that I can source most of these items at home after my travels via the wonderful world of Amazon.
What unusual things do you like to shop for when in foreign countries?
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