Monday, June 9, 2014

CalliBox "Handmade in the U.S.A." Subscription Box Review, June 2014

A new monthly subscription service called Callibox recently debuted and I was delighted to receive a box from them for purposes of review.  This company promotes small business artisans featuring hand crafted goods made in the U.S.A.  The creatively packaged box contains 3 to 5 handmade items, each accompanied by a card telling where these items (or similar) can be purchased.

The basic monthly box is $20.00, which includes shipping and handling. Longer term subscriptions are available for a small discount. You can also buy a single purchase gift box for $20.00.  The contents of the single purchase boxes will be pulled from the current month's inventory or if that is depleted, from the inventory of previous months.  A third option is to buy a themed single purchase gift box for $30.00. Currently available themes include:  Alice in Wonderland, British, Dance, New Mom and Birthday.
My Callibox arrived in a small white box tied with a polka dotted black grosgrain ribbon.

Inside the contents were packaged in hot pink, blue and lavender chevron patterned tissue paper.

A small white card lists the Featured Artisans for June and their websites.  I noticed that three of them this month are on Etsy.

The first thing I pulled out was a cute little navy blue organza bag with a white "Quote of the Month Magnet" inside containing a quote from Marilyn Monroe - "We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle."  (Easy for her to say!)  I'll stick it on the side of my file cabinet where I can get a little inspiration from Marilyn when needed.  This comes from Purse & Pocket and retails for $4.25.

The largest item in the box is a two toned pink chevron striped infinity scarf.  This is made of a crisp cotton material which has a ton of hand-made appeal. It's a nice wide scarf and a great color and pattern to brighten up a dark coat.  This was provided by KLOdesigns of California. The attached tag says that this can be purchased in other patterns on Callibox's website but at the moment, I don't see the scarf there.  I believe this store is also on Etsy but at the time I checked, the Etsy store was closed.

Next is my favorite item in this box, a small pair of antiqued silver owl earrings from Paper Pistol Jewelry on Etsy. These are really nice quality and I especially like that they have lobster hooks since those are so easy to put on. At $5.00, these are very reasonably priced and I'll definitely be checking out this store for other gift items.  

Another cute item is from Handmade in Chico 2 on Etsy. This is a vinyl Mini Wallet or Card Case with a pink cupcake design. It has one pocket on each side and would be great for carrying a bus pass, a couple of credit cards, your driver's license or a little money.  It will fit easily into a pocket, a purse or even inside your clothing.  This very cute and useful little item sells for $4.00.  

The last item is a delicate silver charm bracelet with three charms attached, a dragonfly, a cupcake and a fleur de lis.  It has a fairly easy to operate toggle closure that connects with an open heart on one end. There is plenty of room on this bracelet to add charms that reflect your own interests. I believe this bracelet also comes from Paper Pistol Jewelry on Etsy.  I couldn't find one exactly like it but a similar one from them sells for $12.00.

That's everything in my first Callibox.  The June box was carefully curated and I think they did a great job of sending a mix of items that are well made, useful, pretty and any of which would make great gifts. (Is it too early to be thinking about Christmas stocking stuffers?)  I think the contents were well worth $20 and the fun factor of receiving all these unique items is undeniable. It's also a great way to sample some handmade items that you probably wouldn't otherwise know about. 

If you have tried Callibox, I'd love to hear your impressions.  This is a very young subscription company but I believe they are off to a great start and I can't wait to see what they send in July!

Thanks for reading,


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