I started this small collection of vintage office supplies about a year ago. I really love the muted, aged colors and simplicity of package design. It's so rare now to find similarly mass-produced products with the same, reserved aesthetic.
The UK-based company Present & Correct is helping keep the dream alive with their online shop. They have a great collection of vintage supplies (top row) - but also an equally great line of new items with a bit of old-fashioned flair (bottom).
I have always loved this shot from the scrap booking story in the January 2006 issue of Living. I think it might have been what inspired my collection, now that I think about it.
And not to dismiss the office super stores entirely, I should point out that they can surprise you. One of my office essentials is this make your own stamp kit I picked up at Staples a few years ago. The versatility of its sans serif font & do-it-yourself type-setting make it a welcome addition to even the most discerning desk set.