Another bookish type subscription box! Can you tell I love my books and anything to do with them? I think this is one that Deb pointed out to me. She has scouted out a few of them and this one stuck out as one I desperately wanted to try. Once Upon A Bookcase is a monthly subscription that sends you once phone case and a few various themed items for $26/month plus shipping. I am a bad blogger and cannot remember the exact shipping cost and cannot seem to locate the transaction on my Paypal. I want to say it ended up being $32ish when all was said and done.
There are three options for subscribing. You can choose a Girly Girl box, Anything & Everything, or a Manly Man box. I chose Anything & Everything. My next choice would have been Manly Man.
For my Anything & Everything box for April I ended up with a Beauty and the Beast theme.
The box included a card listing the items (they did not state where the items originated from and that was curious, I suppose the company sources them on their own, not partnering with other indie vendors), a necklace, a hair clip, a rose and the phone case. The necklace is fun cheap costume jewelry that I am sure the girls will enjoy playing with during dress up. I am not one for statement necklaces unless there is a huge natural stone involved and real silver (yes, call me a snob). The rose quickly got snapped up by the girls too. The Belle-esque navy blue hair-bow might get some wear from me though. Honestly, the phonecase is what I came for in the end.
And it did not disappoint. It is thin, yet well made and I have been using it for about a week now and see no immediate signs of wear. I am a *touch* meh about Beauty and the Beast, though I love the movie, I have never read the book and the artwork does not speak to me. But my love for all things bookish greatly overrides all of that.
It has a magnetic clasp and opens to hold money and credit cards which is highly convenient. The case is thin and allows easy access to all buttons and charging. I have dropped it a could times and the phone fared just well. I had cracked my screen earlier using my old case. I fell on some rocks and landed with my phone face-down, with it breaking my fall. It did not stand a chance. But the screen is fixed again and now sports a new case.
The back features more artwork and a quote. I love the art on the back and the quote is intriguing enough to make me want to read the book. I just had no idea Beauty and the Beast was a real book. I figured it was a short story or something like Cinderella. Hm.
The spine of the case. So very cool.
-You cannot pick your case, and that is huge. Paying $32 for a phone case I might not like is grating. I swear if I get Catcher In The Rye I am going to go berserk. I hate that book with a passion and it holds so many bad memories for me. PLEASE PLEASE give me Advanced Potion Making!!!
- This box had other items I could do without and if I had the option of not having the "extras" and pay less I totally would. Just ship me that phone case in a tiny mailer and give me a deal.
- The extras were cheap. I realize money needs to be made but maybe one nice bookmark or keychain in lieu of three throw away items. Then again it could have just been an "off" month.
- LOVE the phone case.
- Creative idea and the other cases on the website have great designs that are attractive and appealing.
-Great customer service. I had a question and it quickly got answered. I have found that some of the other "book" boxes had really slow to no communication.
- Multiple options for boxes.
- You can buy past boxes.
Bottom Line: I am keeping it for a few months. I do really, really wish I could just buy outright the cases I want though. I would buy Sherlock, Advanced Potion Making, Gone With The Wind, Handbook For the Recently Deceased, Edgar Allan Poe, Pride & Prejudice (which just happened a couple month ago so won't be getting that). I do see that Gone With The Wind and Billy Shakespeare is up for buying and I may get those. We shall see. Are you into books and all things book related? What say you about this box? What are you reading? Finnikin of the Rock is my current read. Loving it.