Sunday, July 31, 2016

Subscription boxes, June & July summary

I've been curious about the book subscription boxes for awhile. It sounds like a neat idea, mystery items shipped right to you every month. 

Owlcrate Cost: $29.99 plus $6.99 shipping Total cost $36.98
June theme: Royalty
This was my first subscription box, and it was sort of an accident. I wanted the next month's box but signed up early, so I did receive the June box. 


 My Lady Jane (Amazon w. free ship)  $10.73 K
Nemo Funko mystery mini (Amazon w. free ship)    $6.99 GIVEAWAY
Craftedvan bookmarks: (Etsy plus shipping) $7.08 GIVEAWAY
Lunar Chronicles bracelet (Etsy plus shipping guess shop is closed) ???  $10-12  ??? TOSS
Plus paper TOSS
$36.80
Net loss over buying individual pieces $ -.18
* Note, the little bookmark things, Nemo funko and paper crown all went to my niece, so this box wasn't a total loss.


Owlcrate Cost $29.99 plus $6.99 shipping
July theme: Good vs Evil 
I received the "good" box and the thing I liked best about it was that even if you stumble across spoilers on social media, you still have a surprise when the box shows up!

This Savage Song (Amazon w. free ship)  $10.36 KEEP
Luna Lovegood Funko POP (Amazon w. free ship)   $8.95 KEEP
Millennium Falcon necklace (Etsy plus shipping) $16.00 KEEP
Jane’s Tiny Things Alice in Wonderland bookmark (Etsy plus shipping) $4 GIVEAWAY
Plus paper TOSS
Total value: 39.31
Net Gain over buying individual pieces $ 2.33
The Jury's still out on Owlcrate, I might try one more month if the theme looks good. I have a feeling I am a little older than their typical subscriber but I can still pass along goodies to my kids and relatives. 

The Bookish Box Cost $32.00-$3.50 WELCOME discount plus shipping $5.50 comes in at $34.00
July Theme Fantasy (Women’s plus size subscription)
This was the box I was waiting on because I love fantasy. Unfortunately I had a five day shipping delay so the opening was spoiled. The main feature for this box is the T shirt, not a book, which I kinda like since I am a picky reader. 

*T-shirt (Appraising pages plus shipping) $20.00 UNDECIDED
“Hold the Door” Bangle,The Geeky Cauldron (site plus shipping) $10.50 KEEP
2 oz Dragon Rider Roast Coffee Beans, Passive Juice Motel (Site $14 for 12 oz plus shipping) $2.30 KEEP
Stag “Always” Headband Night and Day Baby
(Etsy plus shipping) $8.00  KEEP
The Mortal Instruments Cross Body Tote Fiction Tea (company’s site Free shipping) $17.00 GIVEAWAY
* The quote was supposedly from Tolkien, but it was sort of an odd pick. There are so many awesome LOTR quotes so I was a little disappointed.  The shirt itself is nice and lightweight so I may keep it for summer workouts.

*** Only paper is a list of shops that contributed to the box plus a single business card, which I appreciate.
Total Value $57.80

Net Gain over buying individual items $23.80

So that's if for June - July. I decided after seeing the Owlcrate theme that I would put that account on hold for August but I am getting two others though so I will be back next month. Do you subscribe to any subscription boxes? Which ones do you love? Eager to hear your thoughts. 
To see more of my bookish goodies check out my Instagram feed!

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