Friday, July 27, 2012

July Quarterly - Gretchen Rubin

Quarterly Co. is a slightly different kind of subscription box company.  It's not a monthly adventure but it's quarterly.  The way it works is you pick a "contributor" you would like to receive a curated gift from pay $25 and every 3 months you will receive your item in the mail from them.  With each gift you receive the story behind it.  The curators consist of CEO's, authors, chefs, world travelers, business owners, etc.  I signed up a couple of months ago and decided to pick two curators.  The first one I picked was Gretchen Rubin author of "The Happiness Project".  I thought who doesn't need more happiness in their life right?  The description read "Research shows that one way to enjoy a little hit of happiness, during your ordinary routine, is to receive a small, unexpected pleasure. The brain gets a bigger thrill when some little treat comes as a surprise, whether it’s a dollar found in the street, a free cookie sample—or an alluring box in the mail. (And not only do you feel happier; these boosts of happiness make you temporarily smarter, friendlier and more efficient.) The items you’ll receive will lift your spirits by making your life and home more beautiful, more productive, and more full of fun."  Now doesn't that fit me perfectly?...everyone loves a treasure, especially me! 
This truly is a surprise in the mail.

The Good: 

Interested: This is definitely a different kind of subscription. You could be receiving a treasure from someone who or whose work you admire.

Gift: This would make a great gift if there is someone on the list you know someone would like.

The not so good:

Waiting: You sign up, pay and receive a box about 5 weeks later.  The bummer is waiting that long.

This is the envelope inside.  You can chat about your item on Twitter using the #.  This one happens to be #THP03

This is the letter inside from Gretchen Rubin. 

Happiness Items.  

Magma Sketchbook. value = $14.35 on Amazon. Retail = $15.95 per Amazon

Prismacolor Verithin colored pencils 12 pack. value = $6.60 on Amazon. Retail = $11.68 per Amazon

Hmmmm.  I'm not sure how I feel about this.  I don't have a single artistic bone in my body when it comes to drawing.  It's a nice sketch book and I know Prismacolor pencils are really good quality pencils.  I'm just not sure I would use it.  I guess the whole point is to just relax and do it.  I just hate to waste a good sketch pad and pencils on bad doodles.  I'll have to mull this one over a little bit.  

Verdict: I like the idea of Quarterly but I think I'm going to cancel this particular one.  I still have Food 52 and I just signed up for another one (Veronica Belmont) so I'll report on those treasures in a month or so.  

**I pay for these boxes myself and not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Quarterly Co.

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