Saturday, October 13, 2012

October Umba box

Like hand made artisan items? Then Umba Box may be the box for you.  What's an Umba?  Umba comes from the Swahili word meaning "to create".  This is very appropriate since Umba Box send out curated boxes monthly with handmade goodies including jewelry, accessories, stationary, bath products, etc.  The generally send 2-3 items in each box but sometimes they may send one large item.  They also guarantee the value of your box will be at least $25.00 which is the price of the box if you pay monthly.  

The price is $25 plus $5 shipping for a month to month subscription.  A 6 month subscription is $150 w/shipping included (saves you $30) and a year subscription is $275 w/shipping and a free month (breaks down to $22.92 a month). They also ship internationally to Canada and European Union but the shipping costs are a little higher.     

I had been looking at this box for awhile but hadn't subscribed yet.  I found a deal through Plum District where you could get 3 months for $52 (about $17 a month) so I thought why not? I like handmade treasures. 

The good:

Artisan: This supports small business and you may received one of a kind items. 

Need a gift: You can send an Umba box gift

Information: Each box contains a story about the artist who made your item. 

The not so good:

Skip/pause a month: If you pay monthly you can cancel your subscription before the next billing cycle but you'll have to sign up again to re-start it. There are no refunds for the other pre-paid 3, 6, 12 month subscriptions. 




My Umba Box treasures. 


Contents of box w/retail price listed:

Radish Re0usaable Sandwich Bag in Mason pattern, designed in San Francisco at Forgotten Shanghai and hand crafted by artisans in India - Value $13.25

Necklace on an 18" chain from Mallory of Whiskey and Wine from Portland, Oregon. Value = $18.00 (approximate)

The value of this Umba Box is $31.25.  I really like the colors of the reusable bag. It's made of a really thick canvas like material and had a Velcro closure.  The inside is coated with a plastic like food safe coating which will prevent staining.  I've been buying reusable bags from reusies and I really like not buying and throwing away plastic baggies.  The necklace is not really my style but it is very pretty and unique.  I couldn't find the exact same item on the Whiskey & Wine website but I found similar items priced at $18.00.  I'm not sure what the beads are made of they are very light and almost soft feeling.  I may give this a try even though it's not my usual style.  I checked out her etsy shop and she has some really cute flower rosette earrings for only $6.00.  I may need some of those. 


Verdict: On the fence. I have two more months of boxes coming so we will see what treasures I get. 


I am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Umba Box.  I purchase these subscriptions myself. 

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