It’s scary to think that we almost walked past the fine stationery store Scriptum when we were last in Oxford. It stands as a rather unassuming little shopfront in a small back street, with a dark facade and a modest square footage. You could so easily wander by and never get to experience this little eccentricity.
However, for those that are curious enough to have a peek inside, a plethora of treats await you across the threshold.
I walked into Scriptum and within two minutes I knew that I had ‘found myself in shop form’. The store is packed with interesting trinkets, from tiny antique kitchen timers, to compasses, to magnifying glasses, books and even venetian masks. It’s like a candy store for eccentric adults.
Don’t be fooled by its size however, this place is absolutely packed with items – literally from top to bottom. Dig through boxes of elaborately detailed magnifying glasses, or treat yourself to a fancy set of phrenology head bookends (I was tantalisingly close to purchasing these myself!).
It’s hard to retain any of the day’s stresses whilst inside this labyrinth of goodies, as the dulcet tones of classical opera gently wash over you whilst you browse the items on offer and try not to walk out with an empty bank account.
We managed to limit ourselves to just one item – an adorable little hanging hot air balloon for our hallway. However I have to admit, had Jona not been with me, I very well may have left with a few armfuls of goodies, and a very depleted bank balance…
This little beauty is a 19th Century praxinoscope. I first came across these when studying a module on Victorian literature and spectacle at University, and was fascinated by the idea of them, so seeing one in the flesh was pretty special!
These marionettes are also pretty adorable – look at the little Charlie Chaplin!
I’m glad in some ways that I don’t live too nearby, or I would be here every weekend getting my stationery fix! I’ll definitely pop back nearer to Christmas to stock up on some unique gifts.
You can spy a little of Scriptum in our Oxford day-out vlog here too if you want to see more!
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