Stationery haul from Seoul.

One of the many happy things about out-of-the-country trips is scoring great finds at cheaper prices. Hence, we allotted 3 days of shopping out of our 5-day staycation at Seoul last December purely for retail therapy! 😀

Okay, this is not exactly a “haul” since I did not hoard as much because I still have a lot of untouched drawing materials back home. The ones I bought in Seoul were those that I really need couldn’t resist not having, hee hee!

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One of those irresistible things are notebooks. Aigoo, notebooks are my weakness. (-_-) So when I saw this dotted notebook at Muji, I reasoned to myself that it’s going to make a great journal (even though I am yet to start journaling haha). Plus it’s significantly cheap compared to its price in Muji PH. The notebook’s front cover has a ziplocked pouch that can be used to store small mementos for journaling — or so I say. 😀

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I also bought a bunch of stickers at Daiso — again, for journaling purposes. If you ask me, there is no better place to hoard for cheap writing/drawing/crafting materials than Daiso. The branch in Jonggak Station Exit 4 has EVERYTHING — notebooks, pens, decorative tapes, paper stacks — you name it. 😀

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An entire shelf of notebooks at Daiso.

Aside from Daiso, another good source of artsy-partsy stuff is ARTBOX. Originally from Korea, there are already ARTBOX branches in Manila, although the selection is way fewer than what you can find in its hometown.

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The ARTBOX Hongdae branch is packed with millennials, probably because Hongik University is just within walking distance.  It’s not only a craft supplies store as they also sell earphones, back packs, neck pillows, etc.; it’s more like a store where everything they sell is cute. It’s not surprising that their merch are so popular with kids (and kids at heart).

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Like I said, I didn’t buy much stuff, but I’m still pretty satisfied with my loot. And the best thing? They didn’t burn a hole in my pocket. 😀

Three sticker packs, Daiso (two sheets per pack)
One grid-lined notebook, Daiso
Typography cork coaster, Daiso
Bear emoticon sticker pack, ARTBOX (10 sheets)
I Love Korea button badge, ARTBOX
One dotted notebook, Muji, Lotte Mart
Ballpoint pen 0.5, Muji, Lotte Mart

Apparently, Seoul is littered with stationery shops we weren’t able to visit because we were pressed for time. If you’re planning a trip to South Korea anytime soon, SeoulistMag.com wrote a great guide around Seoul’s arts and craft stores. 🙂 And don’t forget to share your loot, too!

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