06 January 2011

The Pen Shop at Jenners in Edinburgh, and discontinued Filofaxes!

Last week I spent a couple of days in Edinburgh seeing friends, and decided to pop in to Jenners department store on Princes Street in Edinburgh to see if I could say hi to Craig, the manager of The Pen Shop.  I found my way up to the 2nd floor and over to the Filofaxes like a moth to a flame.  Then I marched up to the first male I saw and asked, "Are you Craig?"  Luckily for me, he was. I introduced myself and felt slightly famous when he said, "I recognize your face."

Craig was busy, but he very kindly took the time to show me their (excellent) Filofax selection.  He also pointed out a whole bunch of Filofaxes that are on 30% discount because Filofax UK has discontinued them!  Hold onto yourselves, I was shocked at what organizers are being phased out!  I wrote a list so I could report to you in full what Filofaxes you should panic-buy (I mean say goodbye to!).

You might have known this already, or guessed it based on the deep discount online, but the entire Amazona range has, sadly, been discontinued.

The Cuban organizers in the Ink color are on their way out!  It's a shame because this deep, rich blue color is so beautiful.

The Malden in Crimson is discontinued!!  ACK!!!!

So are the Chameleons in Spring Green!

ALL of the Adelphis are no more! 

The Domino binders in Lavendar are being phased out.

So are the Finsbury organizers in Aqua!  I was so surprised about this since the Aqua color is so new.

I think all of the Mode binders are discontinued.

And, the Sienna binders are discontinued too.

I have to say, Filofax better have a pretty remarkable lineup coming in to do away with these beautiful binders!  *taps foot expectantly*

I'm proud yet also disappointed to say I somehow resisted the strong urge to buy any Filofaxes, even the discontinued ones.  But my daughter wouldn't let us leave without buying a Hello Kitty wall calendar!

I didn't have nearly enough time to peruse The Pen Shop's line of beautiful pens and stationery, but it's definitely worth a trip in to Jenners to check it out.

Many thanks again to Craig for taking the time out of your busy day to talk to me, it was really nice to meet you in person!

31 comments:

  1. oh no! the aqua finsbury was my possibly maybe at some point planner! decisions decisions!

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  2. NOOOOOoooooo! Not the lavender Domino....

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  3. Amazing that they would phase out the Crimson Malden so shortly after its introduction. I guess you could reason as follows: the Crimson was directed at female buyers. Hence they'll introduce a new female colour next spring ...
    Not surprised about the Amazona-range. Isn't this a very old range already? The Adelphi may have suffered from the too-bright-too-look-at Red and Magenta (the Damson Purple is nice though).
    The cancellation of the Lavender Domino is weird, cos it seemed like the most popular colour of the whole Domino range???
    Oh, and I held (and photographed) a Spring Green Chameleon and was positively surprised by the colour. It's very different from the pics on the FF site. Although I'm not a fan of green binders, this one is very nice.

    To all the panic-struck FF-lovers out there: I'd say stay calm. On Ebay there's still brandnew Filofaxes that have been discontinued 2 years or longer ago.

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  4. eBay have A5 Aqua Finsbury available £65 and mini Aqua Finsbury £21.99 for those of you starting to panic!

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  5. Looks like I've got some work to do on the price guide file!

    I'm surprised they are discontinuing so many model lines in one year, may be those particular ones where not popular, or they want to move the model range up the price scale a bit or something.

    I've not really followed the model line that closely until this year I suppose. I will add some notes to the file so the discontinued ones are still listed for people looking on Ebay and elsewhere.

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  6. Hmm. I'm in Edinburgh on Monday for a course... Maybe I'll get the earlier train and pop in... I'll probably have missed all the bargains, but never mind. Be fun to look!

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  7. Will...not...buy. WILL...NOT...BUY!!!

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  8. Sorry Yv, I know this isn't helping your no-Filofax-buying vow at all!

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  9. It's an interesting collection that is being discontinued. I can only assume it is a decision based on sales or the desire to bring in new models to make us all drool! I really wish they would get their heads around some more interesting inserts though and a nice brown A5 rule to go in my snakeskin bronze A5 binder! I notice on the US site they have some really high end personal size ones, and some domino colours I've never seen before - the range is obviously different to cater to a different marketplace.

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  10. The crimson Malden?Why???It's so pretty!!!But, as already mentioned, I don't panic since it will definitely be available on ebay :-)It goes without saying that I'm very curious about the new models and colours!

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  11. Noooo! I wanted the aqua finsbury! I just got a new filo though :(

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  12. I think Aqua is just not a very fashionable colour at the moment. While Purple and Red are.

    Like I said, I wouldn't panic. Did you ever notice that the German Filofax site still has a babyblue Personal Topaz in their range? The Topaz must have been discontinued AGES ago!? I'm sure they'll offer the Crimson Malden for years to come, too ...

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  13. I went to T.J. Maxx yesterday and found Modes, Dominos, Finsburies (zipped), Sketches, and a Kendal. I hopped on to the US site today to compare prices, and all of the exact colors and sizes that I'd found in store were gone. :O

    I don't know whether or not to snatch them all up to Ebay or just for gifts. There were about 7 and they would only total $100. Must check HomeGoods and Marshall's next!

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  14. Leslie -> Wow! What area of US? I don't think I've ever been in those stores and seen Filofaxes, maybe I'll have to check again!

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  15. Karensa: I am in West Virginia. I think those stores are all over the U.S. I think there is a locator on the TJX stores... might check the other sister stores too, there are like 5.

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  16. I am with Yvotchka. I have a NO BUYING FILOFAX rule in 2011. I'm only 6 days in so let's see if I can make it. But I'm worried they're going to come out with some very lovely ones and we'll be tempted Yvotchka!!!

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  17. Perhaps for those on a one year filo diet, you could tell yourself what you really meant was not a calendar year of no new filos (Jan - Dec), but a Filofax year (from spring to spring - when they release new models). So then just after you purchase your spring filofax from the new range - that is when your diet really starts ... right? :)

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  18. Plaiditude, I like your logic!
    I'm not a shopper of TJ Maxx, Marshalls or Home Goods but this may be enough to get me to go into all three (not that I'll buy, mind you). I have to say I'm most surprised at the crimson Malden since it seems like that entire line was just introduced. I'm hoping that it means new colors will be released in this line - that would be quite a challenge for me...

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  19. I definitely went into TJ just to see the Filos. I have personal and A5 sizes, but I was really shocked to see how small the pocket was in hand. I can't even imagine a mini, lol. I'd rather they had cheaper refills than the organizers themselves. :/

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  20. Any ideas when new models might come out?

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  21. I think the newest of the new models come out in the spring, with more new ones coming out throughout the year. That's how it worked last year at least.

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  22. Hi, first, thanks for the great post, and for Amanda, we still have plenty of stock left so do pop in on Monday. The new stock is due out in the spring, and filofax usually take me out a couple of months before the new ones are released to show them to us and decide what we want to stock. So as soon as I have been shown them I will let you all know. Hoping there is something nice for a male in personal size as I am wanting a new one, I was going to buy the Cuban Ink, but I think I will regret it if I like one of the new range, so I am just going to wait.

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  23. Ooh - I'll look out for you Craig. I will be the woman dragging an overnight trolley bag behind her at about 1/4 to 12 on Monday, with drool coming out of the corner of her mouth at all the lovely products.
    [Now I've posted that, you will be able to spot me and run a mile!!]
    :-)

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  24. Actually - no trolley-bag (look at the snow - I would slowly create a massive snowball behind me!). I will be the mad woman in pink wellies carrying a hold-all! Half the hold-all for my overnight stuff, half for other filofax/notebook essentials!

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  25. The Chameleon in Spring Green is the one I've just bought - I must have one of the very last few & I had no idea they were being discontinued.

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  26. The chamelion in spring green, although nice, wasn't very popular at all, which really surprised me. The finsbury in teal, was only ever meant to be for one year, red, black, brown and pink are the consistent lines, then they release 1 or 2 others every year as "seasonal" lines. However the purple colours have sold exceptionally well this year, which clearly has surprised filofax as well, as they kept running out whenever I ordered them.
    Amanda, I will look out for you tomorrow. Love getting visits from my Philofaxy friends.

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  27. I have been hearing rumours that 2011's in colours are a pastel pink and a honeysuckle yellow, so it will be interesting to see what Filofax come up with, though yellow has never been a popular colour in filofax. Another rumour I have heard is that they will be keeping the idea of the "mode" organiser but changing it somehow. They will also have to come up with something spectacular to replace Amazona and Deco.

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  28. I'm never "on trend" - I jumped at the chance of buying the Yellow Hearts filo (in Personal) and have fallen in love with my Chameleon already - both are used as "subject" Filofaxes but are in use almost every day.

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  29. Great to see you yesterday Craig! My course was considerably less interesting than chatting to you had been!! Not sure what the other customers were thinking when we were doing a 'compare and contrast' each other's filofaxes though!
    No doubt see you again...
    Amanda

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  30. Me = just new to this blog and love it. So good to find people who are in love with Filofax/organisers as much as I am! I've just ordered a red Chameleon pocket Filofax (here in Australia!)....hope it's as good as it looks on the Aust. Filofax website. Does anyone have a red one? I've had a personal Metropol before and it was just too big to lug around. Although the personal has tiny small writing spaces I will have to un-clutter my life and get used to it!

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