A place to discuss floaty pens

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas floaty pens

I bought these Christmas pens in Calgary, Alberta, in the summer of 2004. I came upon them in a shop while I was there on a visit from Edmonton where I was working at the time.

I particularly like the one of the girl and Santa Claus carrying the tree.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

A penchant for Pez

I have a confession to make. I also collect Pez, the rectangular shaped containers with funny heads which flip back to dispense rectangular candies.

In the summer, Red Gryphon discovered that there is such a thing as Pez-themed floaty pens. Imagine how thrilled I was to receive them just before Christmas.

The designs are fabulous, both front and back.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Undesirable floaty pens

Here is a surreptitious snapshot of a container of pens in a shop on Carnaby Street in London. The pens are exactly the type the world does not need. They are not made in Denmark by the Eskesen company. It is impossible to tell where they are made because it is not stamped anywhere on the pens. They are not well made and the pictures aren't very good. The stuff inside doesn't float very well.

Companies in England apparently do not have to state where a product originates, unlike in Canada where it is obligatory. This same type of pen is sold in most tourist shops. It makes me wonder if all the tourist shops are owned by the same company.

At any rate, it is very odd. I wouldn't buy any of them anywhere. There seem to be precious few good quality floaty pens in London considering the size of the city and the possible range of designs.