Last weekend I visited the Packaging Specialties Store here in Seattle in search of some crepe paper. I had gotten lots of suggestions on places to buy crepe in Seattle (thanks!) but this one was on my side of town. I was blown away by the store, it was like finding the hiding place of all those things I had to search so hard for when I was living in San Francisco — ribbons, tins, papers, boxes, all in one place. I was a bit overwhelmed with how much they had, and how many varieties of everything.
Here is what I wrote down in my notebook: Midori ribbons (must be the whole line), tissue and crepe, fake flowers, paint cans of many sizes, soup cups (for packaging candy), Altoid sized tins, round tins, lip balm tins, paper lanterns (square!), blank stationary, boxes of all sizes and shapes, Envirosax, craft paper in colors, gift bags of all sizes and colors, bindi tins and boxes, colored twill, silk ribbon, beautiful papers, variety of gift tags, Cath Kidson books, oil cloth, Chinese take out boxes in colors and sizes and frosted plastic, glassine, cookie bags, coffee bags, clear tubes with lids, lunch box, favors, large rick rack, bridal goods, magazines, favor boxes. They had posy boxes, people, many many kinds! That is special. Everything appealed to me, there was little hint of country twee or “Party Store” garishness. The website doesn’t do justice to just how complete their offerings are.
By comparison I went to a Paper Zone store directly afterwards and the variety of packaging goods was boring by comparison (I realize that Paper Zone is more for those who scrapbook and make stationary). So, if you’re hoping to find a certain type of packaging for your homemade bath crystals or cookies I can recommend a trip to the Packaging Specialties Store down in Georgetown, there is also a location in Redmond.