Spooky Box Club: The Haunted Library [Subscription Box Review]

Introduction:

The Spooky Box Club’s Haunted Library themed box was the second box I received from the company. Due to my adoration of the Vampire Box, I was extremely excited to get my mitts on the Haunted Library Box to see what goodies were inside. I was not disappointed. The contents within the box were incredible.

General House-Keeping:

The Spooky Box Club is a UK based subscription service providing their customers with an exclusive range of ‘alternative lifestyle goods with an emphasis on cute, witchy, gothic, interests and styles.’

As each box contains 8+ items made by various manufacturers, it can take 6 to 8 weeks from your initial payment until you receive your first box. After this initial delay, the boxes generally arrive consecutively each month. However, sometimes boxes can take a little longer to dispatch and receive. This delay is for the same reason given above re your initial payment. Due to the aforementioned box time periods, the Spooky Box Club do not offer specific dispatch dates for their boxes. Instead a countdown timer is offered on their website which gives an estimated shipping date.

Currently, the Spooky Box Club operates a ‘subscription’ and a pre-order service. The purpose of the pre-order service is to allow customers the option to ‘skip’ a box where the theme does not take their fancy. Consequently, this removes the hassle of rotating between subscribing and unsubscribing to avoid receipt of certain boxes. For me, I just keep the subscription rolling on, as there is usually something I love.

The monthly cost of the box is £21 plus £3.98 UK delivery. International delivery is charged at £14.50. Boxes can be purchased here. In addition, the company donate a percentage of each box sold to charity.

The Haunted Library box can be purchased here.

The box Itself:

Spooky Boxes have a different theme each month, for example the theme that followed the Haunted Library was the Voodoo Box.

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The Haunted Library box contained the following items: Three Handmade Cushion Covers; Rubber Book Plate Stamp; Tea Sampler; Ghost Stories Enamel Pin; Glow in the Dark Ghost Bookmark; Art print; Lollipop and a Large Back Patch.

All of the above items were custom made for the Spooky Box Club boxes.

Three Handmade Cushion Covers:

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These cushion covers were my favourite items provided within the Haunted Library box. The material they are made from is very thick, study and of excellent quality. The material feels very similar to denim. I love the wording and prints on each cushion so much so that these three beauties have replaced my long-standing living room sofa cushions. ‘Farewell, old friends…. err cushions, you have served me well.’ It’s okay, the old cushions still have a job, as they are now serving their purpose on my bed.

Large Back Patch and Art print:

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This patch is my favourite of all the patches I have received thus far from the Spooky Box Club.[1] I am not sure whether to put it across the arse of my jeans or attach it to the pin board in my office.

Rubber Book Plate Stamp:

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This stamp is so friggin’ cool. Seriously. It’s like an old-school library stamp that now lives in my home. I am going to stamp people’s foreheads with it just for the laugh. Haha, just kidding. I will use it though, as I have not stamped anything nor considered stamping anything since I was a kid playing ‘Post Offices’.

Ghost Stories Enamel Pin and Glow in the Dark Ghost Bookmark:

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I love my badges, ‘nuff said.

Tea Sampler:

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Conclusion:

Overall, I enjoyed the Haunted Library box. I loved the theme and the items matched it perfectly. From my perspective, it was the cushion covers that made the box so awesome. The back patch, badge and stamp were cool and I will definitely be putting them to good use. Plus, you can never go wrong with tea.

Due to the fact that all items are custom made for Spooky Box Club boxes, monetary values are difficult to decipher. However, based on the exclusive, high quality and hand-crafted nature of the products given, I highly recommend the Spooky Box Club boxes as excellent value for money.

The Spooky Box Club is perfect for fans of the alternative/gothic scenes, as well as those who enjoy filling their home with non-generic handmade goodies.

As stated earlier, there can be a long wait between making your initial payment and receiving your first box. So, if you like to know precise shipping dates and seek a speedy dispatch after purchase, the Spooky Box Club may not be for you. I personally do not mind waiting for my box, as the items inside are so unique and well-crafted that I find the box is worth waiting for.

Do you subscribe to Spooky Box Club? How do you think Spooky Box Club compares to other gothic/alternative subscription services?

 

 

 

[1] As stated in my review of the Vampire Box, I have received four Spooky Boxes to date.

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