Sze Lih Stationery, with some help

Sze Lih Stationery, 51 Old Airport Road

Sze Lih Stationery, 51 Old Airport Road

 

I file this post under “Pilgrimage for writing” but this pilgrimage has in fact not been made by me. Many thanks to one of my blog readers, J.C., who has been a really nice person to provide me some information on his expedition to a stationery shop in Singapore that sells calligraphy sets. If you’re itching for one, you can go down to:

There seem to be no walls in this store. The walls are the shelves. The shelves are the stationery. Look at them piled high and full of tapes, files and folders, boxes and boxes of stuff, and even plushies (okay, this is not very relevant here)! Messy yet organized, it may not look like your spacious and air-conditioned Kinokuniya or Popular Bookstore, but this shop gives a nice-and-old feel. Almost as if it was stuck in time, back during my childhood. I would almost call this place “vintage”. To tell the truth, if I walked past this shop I probably wouldn’t even imagine that fountain pens and calligraphy sets are sold in there. At the very most, I would probably stop at the counter area to look at the Pilot pens, and then leave. Apparently, first impressions deceive.

Lookit! Lookit! Found treasures in the nooks and crannies of this shop!

Lookit! Lookit! Found treasures in the nooks and crannies of this shop!

 

I spy a sticker label with “LEFT HAND” printed on it. Now I’m excited. These look like left-handed calligraphy nibs in a set, and the brand name says “Platignum”! Let me repeat, they are for the left hand! For me! And do I also spy a price tag that says “$16” only?

My attention now moves to the display case beneath these boxes of nibs. I can’t see it clearly on the picture but I’m hoping those are fountain pens in the display. Another reason for me to go check this place out one day.

Moral of the story: don’t always look for fine writing instruments at your regular bookstores in the heart of town.

Have you been here before? Any thoughts and comments? Any not-very-well-known stationery shops that you know of where we can find such hidden treasures? Do drop me a note and share!

I would love to hear your thoughts!