in the store: RHR visits Oblation Papers & Press in Portland, OR…


Well, your intrepid rubber stamp monger (that’s me!) has done plenty of galavanting around these last few weeks! It was my supreme pleasure to stop by Oblation Papers & Press in Portland over the holidays while visiting my family.


From the first moment inside the store, I felt like I had come home. The hustle and bustle of shoppers, displays of stationery and hand bound journals, the constant clank of Chandler & Price presses — these were my people.


Although distracted by beautifully printed calendars and the process of handmade paper being created in the store’s “Urban Paper Mill”, I was a woman on a mission. Where were the rubber stamps? And specifically: where were the Red Handed rubber stamps? I was soon directed to a swoon-worthy corner of the store…


(what you can’t see: the stacks of airmail and glassine envelopes filled with vintage postage!)

“stationery with an ‘e’ ” and “book post” seemed especially appropriate here, all things considered! And based on the remaining inventory at the time, I’d say a few folks received RHR from Mr. Claus.


Because it was precariously close to Christmas Day, I scooped up a couple of last minute gifts. I may or may not have picked up a treat for myself as well. (how can anyone resist that display of bookbinding tools, so close to the register?!?!)

Should you find yourself in NW Portland with a bit of free time on your hands, visiting Oblation is the perfect thing to inspire, whether you’re looking for a timeless fountain pen or a perfectly pressed bon mot. What can I say? There’s no substitute for sublime shopping experiences.


PS: I would like to give a special thank you to Norrie at Oblation who kindly let me take photos inside the store and be a bit fan-girly. Thanks a bundle!


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