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

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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.

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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.

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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…

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(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.

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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.

–JH

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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