Are you a stationery spotter? Are you addicted to stylish pens or beautiful notebooks with artistic cover designs?
There are probably millions of us out there, but few can beat Angelika Unverhau from Dinslaken in Germany who has more than 220,000 ballpoint pens.
Angelika has been collecting unusual pens since she was a girl, but her hobby really took off in 1990. She has since founded a club for ballpoint pen collectors who meet twice a year to trade pens.
Another self-confessed stationery addict is Chris Leonard-Morgan, organiser of National Stationery Week (which started this week! March 31 – April 6).
Chris said he became an addict in later life.
“I realise that my interest in stationery probably took root many years before when I was a boy and my mother gave me a Parker 51 for passing an important exam.
“I don’t remember much about the exam, but I’ll never forget the excitement of receiving that pen.
“Since then, stationery and pens have played a big and useful part in my life. Day in, day out, at home, at work… They are always there, the dependable unsung heroes of my professional and private life.
“When I sold my last business, it was to my trusty 51 that I turned for signing the contract. So many of life’s milestones and defining moments in history are marked with pens and stationery.”