Over 4 months I received 4 boxes. They did not arrive consistently, but only one took so long after the payment was added to my account that I had to inquire. They politely explained they were overwhelmed. It arrived shortly thereafter.
The first box was a quality box. The cardboard is substantial. The label bracket is securely attached. If I recall correctly, it came in a priority mail box. The box has a magnetic closure.
Once opened, the box was beautifully packaged. The satin ribbon bow and the tissue were perfectly coordinated. This has been true of every box.
The reverse of that card lists the contents supplied and provides some suggestions for how to use them,
Everything is securely packed in a shredded paper bedding.
The first box contained nice stack of coordinating printed papers. They are small, but that is understandable given the size of the box. There is a length of vinyl trim probably sufficient for the handles on a bag, a goodly amount of braided trim, two sharpies and a gluestick. I was underwhelmed by the sharpies and glue stick. I was anticipating things that would not be traditionally found in a basic set of supplies. The colors of the sharpies are different. The glue stick is standard grade school issue.
While not really excited by the package, I was willing to keep on the list. The box is super and I would be happy to have an excuse to collect the boxes to store my craft supplies.
Box two arrived in an envelope instead of a box (as did all the rest). It is slightly larger than box one. It is however, of a lesser cardboard, has folded construction and closes with velcro rather than a magnet. It does still have the label frame although it is not as securely attached due to the nature of the cardboard. Generally a flimsier box, but still workable.
Another art card with contents listed on the reverse. More pretty packaging. These boxes are beautifully presented.
The contents of this box are pretty basic as well. There are two plastic stencils. The shapes are interesting but I probably won't find a good use for them anytime soon. There is a tiny sample bottle of acrylic paint in a gorgeous turquoise. (Yes, I expect sample sizes and am perfectly fine with that.) There is a tiny canvas which I have targeted for a test collage project. There is a packet of lovely natural buttons. It is a generous amount and they are beautiful. There are a two very unimpressive stencil brushes.
So, box 2 had some interesting things in it. Some things were again of the basic supply kit nature and thus not as inspiring as I anticipated. I was still willing to try another month and see what showed up even though I was very disappointed by the change in box style.
The story on boxes 3 and 4 gets a bit sadder. They arrived in bags. And they arrived in poor shape. One was smashed in and the label holder was torn off, it was nowhere to be found in the packing material. The other was also damaged. The label holder was crooked and poorly attached. If you recall, one of the reasons I kept with the program was because I really liked the initial box. It was not clear from the condition of these boxes that I would be able to re-use them at all.
As with the other boxes, box 3 was beautifully packed.
The contents were again protected by shredded paper. and nicely arranged in the box. The art card has descriptions of the materials and suggestions for projects.
The supplies included 2 cork coaster blanks, 1 slightly damaged fabric covered notebook, googley eyes, 2 fabric pens and 2 skeins of embroidery floss. At this point, I truly was underwhelmed with the Whimseyboxes. I did not feel that the contents warranted the cost. I felt I could go to the local craft or art supply store, spend the same amount of money, get the quality box I wanted and still have plenty left to buy a nice selection of the interesting, new supplies I always look at and never buy.
I decided to cancel my subscription. Box 3 was the one that was late to arrive. It was so late that the payment for box 4 had already been charged to my card before box 3 arrived. Response to my inquiries was prompt and polite. The service was very good.
Since I still had one box coming, I had hopes that it would inspire me to re-activate my subscription. I really did look forward to getting these surprise boxes each month. It came packed with my favorite color in the ribbon an tissue. The art card was cute.
The box contained a reasonable sized piece of quality leather. It is sufficient to make both sides of a fold over wallet. And a packet of metal studs.
Leather and studs. Yes, I know how expensive leather is. Yes, this is high quality leather. Yes, neither of these can be considered basic crafting supplies. Yet I was again underwhelmed; completely uninspired.
So this is my collection for four months and $60. I count the tissue, ribbon and shredded paper because they are all useful and beautiful. I will probably throw out boxes 3 and 4. I will probably gift some of the other supplies or use them for a give away.
All together, less the tissue and shredded paper, it fits into one of the boxes with room to spare.
Don't get me wrong. I really like the Whimsey Box concept. I really enjoyed the anticipation and the mystery. I just don't think the value of the supplies warrants the expense, particularly in these times of very tight budgets. I will keep watching their progress and I might try again some day but for now, I think I'll take my $15 and blow it on the supplies on sale at the local craft store.
Edited for minor typographical errors. 12/12